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 DeKalb, 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 DeKalb 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.

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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Emily Nelson


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Angie Dunakin

Director of Nursing

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Duane Gaerte

Rehabilitation Services Director

Duane joined the team at The Laurels of DeKalb as rehabilitation services director in March 2021. 

Duane graduated from Tri State University with a degree in Criminal Justice in 1997 but quickly realized  physical therapy and rehabilitation was his passion. As a result, he graduated from Ivy Tech in Muncie with an associate's degree in physical therapy in 2001. He has over 20 years of therapy experience with the long-term care and skilled nursing populations.

He lives in Angola with his wife Amy, son Mason, and daughter Morgan.

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Diana Mohr

Director of Marketing

Diana Mohr started her long-term care career 12 years ago at The Laurels of Coldwater. She is now excited to return to the Laurels family as the Director of Marketing for The Laurels of Dekalb. She has her Associates Degree in Marketing and Communications. She has a passion for helping seniors and their families. That passion, along with her specialty in communications, is the perfect fit to help you and your loved one feel right at home.  When she isn’t working or networking in the community, she enjoys spending time with her family. She is married and has a son in high school that keeps them busy with sports. Diana can’t wait to welcome you to The Laurels of Dekalb!

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