Our Staff

What differentiates one skilled nursing & rehabilitation center from another? The answer is... the people who work and reside there! The people set the tone, the atmosphere, and the expectations. At The Laurels of Hilliard, we take great pride in ensuring that everyone feels like part of our family and that they are treated as special "guests" in our home.

The Laurels of Hilliard employs a team of highly qualified medical professionals, including a Medical Director, Registered Nurses, Restorative Care Nurses, a Wound Care Nurse, state tested Certified Nursing Assistants, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and a Speech Therapist. Our on-site Rehab, Dietary, Social Work, and Activities departments provide personalized and compassionate care to each guest. From the moment you walk through the front doors, the warmth and caring of the staff will begin to gain your trust and confidence, as they strive to exceed your expectations.

Unlike other facilities that use "contracted" staff members, each member of the team at The Laurels of Hilliard is directly employed, not "contracted". Each Team Member takes great pride in portraying "The Laurel Way of Caring", as they strive for excellence in providing only the highest standard of care and services to every guest, and to every family member and visitor. Come on in! Visit a while! Let us show you our very best... let us show you The Laurel Way.

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Justin Moore, LNHA


Justin graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Service Administration and a Master’s degree in Health Administration and Education. After working for the Department of Veteran Affairs in West Virginia, Justin moved to Ohio in 2011 to begin a career in long-term care and skilled nursing.  Justin joined The Laurels of Hilliard in November 2018 and resides in the Columbus area with his wife and daughter. Justin enjoys traveling with family and his favorite hobby is fishing. 

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Michael Lopez, PTA

Rehabilitation Services Director

Michael graduated from James A. Rhodes State College in Lima, OH in 2008 and has been in long-term care since 2008. He started as a Rehabilitation Services Director in 2009 in Springfield, OH before joining The Laurels of Hilliard. Prior to management, Michael worked as a traveling therapist throughout Michigan and Texas.

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Nikki Zajac

Director of Marketing

Nikki joins The Laurels of Hilliard team with over 15 years of experience in skilled nursing and long-term care. She has worked in several Laurel Health Care Company facilities over the past 12 years. She has worked in various departments throughout her career until finding her calling in the Admissions/Marketing field.  Nikki is passionate about helping families make informed decisions about their loved one’s care. Nikki works tirelessly to exceed the expectations for the guests and families to ensure they receive the highest quality care. Nikki resides in Columbus area and enjoys spending time outdoors and with her family and friends.

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