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 Salisbury, 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 Salisbury 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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Ryan Jernigan, LNHA


Ryan grew up Mecklenburg County. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration with minors in biological sciences and health from Arkansas State University, where he was a member of both the football and fishing teams. He has been a licensed nursing home administrator since 2019 and joined the team at The Laurels of Salisbury in December 2021. In addition to his LNHA license, Ryan is also a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in the state of North Carolina.

In his free time, Ryan enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with his wife and son.

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Krystal Esele

Director of Nursing

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Diane S. Spicer, OTR/L

Rehabilitation Services Director

Diane grew up in Carroll County, Maryland. She received her Associate’s Degree from Catonsville Community College in Maryland and her Bachelor’s Degree at The University of Findlay in Ohio. She has been in the therapy field since 1994 and here at The Laurels of Salisbury since 2004 as Rehabilitation Services Director. She has been an active member of the RSD Council and assists with program development for Laurel Health Care Company. She is a member of AOTA and NCBOTA. Diane is a guest speaker at the local OTA college and assists in level 1 fieldwork for the new OTA students.

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Becky Warlick

Director of Marketing

Becky grew up in Rowan County. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Catawba College in 1998. She worked as a hospital case manager for years before joining The Laurels of Salisbury team in October of 2016. Becky enjoys working with seniors and helping people. She is active in her church community, and enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 children.

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