The Laurels of Mt. Vernon Staff

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 Mt. Vernon, 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 Mt. Vernon 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 Mt. Vernon 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.

Curtis Farlee, Director of Marketing

Curtis grew up in Knox County and graduated from The University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Business Administration. After graduation Curtis moved north of Detroit to pursue his career in Marketing which has been his passion for the last 10 years. Curtis has been involved in the healthcare industry for the past 3 years in Knox County. Curtis enjoys being involved in the community, he is a member of Kiwanis, The Task Force for Older Adults, he delivers meals to the senior centers and the fire department in Knox County. Curtis, his wife, and daughter are members of the Fredericktown Methodist Church and reside in Fredericktown.

Shannon Ponko, Rehabilitation Services Director

Shannon is a 2006 graduate of Brown Mackie College in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  She graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Occupational Therapy.  Shannon also graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Medical Assisting from Ivy Tech College in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  She has worked with inpatients and outpatients ranging from pediatric to geriatric populations. Her specialties include Myofascial Release, Lymphedema, Physical Agent Modalities, Kinesio-taping, and wheelchair positioning.  Shannon has been employed by Laurel Health Care Company since 2006 and is currently the Rehabilitation Services Director at The Laurels of Mount Vernon.

Melissa Moore, RN, Director of Nursing

Melissa grew up in Westerville, OH working as an LPN in home health and long term care before graduating with her RN degree. She worked as a nursing unit manager for a year before becoming the DON for The Laurels at Mt. Vernon. She has the highest expectations for the care of each one of our guests and ensures they have the very best experience. When not working, Melissa enjoys spending time with her family.