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 Summit Ridge, 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 Summit Ridge 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 Summit Ridge 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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Spencer Stevens


Spencer Stevens joined The Laurels of Summit Ridge as administrator in June 2021 when he moved back to his hometown of Asheville. Stevens has worked in the long-term care and transitional care industry since 2018 and held the position of assistant CEO/administrator for Stonerise Healthcare prior to becoming a member of the Laurel family.

As administrator at The Laurels, Spencer is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the facility. On top of managing facility staff and ensuring quality care for guests, Stevens must direct financial proceedings to stay within the limits of the annual budget, maintain occupancy rate, and work to keep The Laurels compliant with federal, state and local regulations. He believes that providing excellent care for our senior population is not only a priority, but a passion.   

Spencer received an MBA and MS in human resource management from Marshall University, preceded by a BA in political science from Concord University.

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Deana Blackwelder

Director of Nursing

Deana Blackwelder, Director of Nursing, is a native to Western North Carolina. She has been an RN for 19 years, with 18 years experience in nursing management and 13 years experience in long-term care where she held roles in  SDC, MDS, RN Supervisor, ADON, DON. Deana joined The Laurels of Summit Ridge in January 2018. Deana enjoys reading and spending time with her family (husband, Chad Blackwelder and 5 children; Jared, Alyson, Trenton, Kirstyn and Grayson). 

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Charles Simonetti

Rehabilitation Services Director

Charles Simonetti joined the team at The Laurels of Summit Ridge in 2012. 

Charles has over 20 years experience as a physical therapy assistant (PTA) and over 15 years of management experience in skilled nursing facilities. He has a master's degree in exercise physiology and an associate's degree in physical therapy, and is also wound care and ventilator certified. 

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Kathey L. Camby

Director of Marketing

Kathey began her career in healthcare in 2000 after obtaining her certification at Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College for Certified Nursing Assistant. She joined The Laurels of Summit Ridge in 2011 and worked in many different positions from Certified Nursing Assistant , Medical Records, Scheduling to most recently she was the Director of  Social Services. In 2018 she accepted the role as Director of Marketing. Kathey enjoys camping, crafting and her four children and one grandbaby.

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