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 Worthington, 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 Worthington 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 Worthington 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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Jessica Tonnesen, LNHA


Jessica joined The Laurels of Worthington team as the Administrator in 2018.  Prior to coming to Worthington, she became part of Laurel Health Care Company as the Director of Marketing at The Laurels of Toledo in 2008.  She obtained her Nursing Home Administrator’s license in 2018 as well as certification in Assisted Living (CEAL) the same year. Prior to her time with Laurel Health Care Company, Jessica worked in Activities, Admissions and Marketing roles in long-term care, Assisted Living, and Independent Senior Living communities. She is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, with a Bachelor’s in Communication and has a Master’s Certificate in Gerontology from The University of Toledo Medical Center. Jessica has always enjoyed working in the senior healthcare field and has a passion to make a difference every day in the lives of Residents, their families and her co-workers. During her free time, Jessica spends time outdoors as much as possible, with her husband and two little boys.

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Ashley Tabellion, PT-A

Rehabilitation Services Director

A member of The Laurels of Worthington rehab staff since 2010, Ashley was named rehabilitation services director in 2019. She has worked in skilled nursing facilities since 2007 when she graduated with an associate’s degree from the Physical Therapist Assistant Program in Canton, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities such as camping, gardening and spending time with her husband and two small girls. Her passion to advocate for skilled and long term guests drives the work she does every day at The Laurels.

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Jason Cooper, RN, BSN

Director of Nursing

Jason started his nursing career as a nursing assistant and became an LPN in 2011. He started his journey with Laurel Health Care Company in 2012. He went back to school and completed became an RN in 2017, when he decided to leave skilled nursing and go into acute care. Jason then transitioned to become the Assistant Director of Nursing at The Laurels of Hilliard, and completed his BSN in 2018. We are very excited to have Jason as part of The Laurels of Worthington. His passion for patient care embodies The Laurel Way.

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Abby Dodds

Director of Marketing

In 2009, Abby graduated from the Ohio University College of Health and Human Services in Athens, Ohio.  Abby has a Bachelor’s Degree in Long-Term Health Care Administration and Health Service Administration along with a minor in Business and Marketing.  As part of her course work at Ohio University, Abby completed the AIT program at The Laurels of Worthington which eventually led her to the position of Activities Director.  Abby spent seven years as the Activities Director and enjoyed the relationships she has built with the Guests and families at The Laurels of Worthington.  Abby is excited to take on the role as the Director of Marketing where she can continue to build strong and lasting relationships with the Worthington Community.  Abby has lived in the Columbus area for the past eight years and in her free time enjoys traveling, sports and spending time with her family.

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