The Laurels of Canton 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 Canton, 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 Canton 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 Canton 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.

Kristen White, Director of Marketing

Kristen White earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Communications from the University of Akron in 2005.  Kristen is also a licensed Nuclear Medicine Technologist and earned her licensure as a RT (N) and CNMT from the Aultman College of Nursing and Health Services in 2009.  Kristen joins us with almost nine years of marketing, public relations and communications healthcare experience.  Her passion and excitement for the healthcare field and her caring heart are what brings her to The Laurels of Canton team.  Kristen loves spending time with her husband and two children. 

Casey Haney, PT, DPT, Rehabilitation Services Director

Casey graduated from Walsh University in 2011 with a Bachelor's degree in Biology and in 2013 with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Casey is a Vestibular Certified Therapist, specifically treating patients with acute/chronic dizziness and balance disorders. Casey joined The Laurels of Canton as a staff Physical Therapist in April 2013 and transitioned to Rehab Services Director in June 2014. Casey enjoys spending time with her family and golden retriever, kayaking, reading, baking, and being outdoors.

Jennifer Fess, LNHA, Administrator

Jennifer is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University. She began her career in long term care as a Recreational Therapist in 1997. She worked extensively with the Menorah Park Institute on Aging and their development of Montessori based activities for those with dementia. Jennifer became an Administrator in 2002 joining Laurel Health Care in 2010 as the Administrator at the Laurels of Canton. Jennifer unfortunately had to leave the Laurels in 2015 due to a family illness. She is very pleased that she has been able to return as the Administrator once again.

Erin Morabito, MSN, APRN-BC, Nurse Navigator

Erin is a Board Certified Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Walsh University and her Master of Science in Nursing from Kent State University. Prior to practicing as the Nurse Navigator at The Laurels of Canton, Erin practiced as a registered ICU nurse at Mercy Medical Center for over eight years. She has extensive experience treating geriatric patients and takes pride in keeping her patients healthy, active, independent and maintaining the highest quality of life. Erin is an active member of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, American Nurses Association, American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses.

Becky Karatjas, RN, Director of Nursing

Becky graduated from Massillon Community School of Nursing. She began her career in 1983 at Doctors Hospital. There she worked in the ICU, was in charge of a Surgical unit, and worked Home Health Care. In 1995 she left the hospital and worked at the newly developed Subacute unit at the CCF. In 1996 she joined long-term care as a floor nurse and supervisor. In 2005 she became a DON, and joined Laurel Health Care Company in 2016 as The Laurels of Canton's DON. When not at work Becky enjoys entertaining, decorating, and any outdoor activity.

Casey Haney, PT, DPT, CEEAA, Rehabilitation Services Director

Casey graduated from Walsh University in 2011 with a Bachelor's degree in Biology and in 2013 with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Casey is a Vestibular Certified Therapist, specifically treating patients with acute/chronic dizziness and balance disorders. Casey joined The Laurels of Canton as a staff Physical Therapist in April 2013 and transitioned to Rehab Services Director in June 2014. Casey enjoys spending time with her family and golden retriever, kayaking, reading, baking, and being outdoors.