The Laurels of Pender 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 Pender, 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 Pender 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 Pender 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.

Robert Woodie, Administrator

Cheryl O’Cull, RN, Director of Nursing

Cheryl O’Cull, RN has been a Director of Nursing for over 25 years. Cheryl comes to The Laurels of Pender with over 36 years of experience. She moved to North Carolina in 1989 and is a graduate of Southeastern Illinois College where she received her Nursing Degree. Cheryl enjoys being around others, working with seniors and knows that she has impacted her guest in many ways at the end of each day. Cheryl is thrilled to be a part of the team at The Laurels of Pender.

Amanda Marks, Director of Marketing

Amanda has been a resident of North Carolina her entire life and loves the South. She has been in the healthcare industry for almost 10 years.  She has worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant, social worker, staff development  and admissions and marketing. With all of her experiences she brings great joy to our guests and families by offering them a home that will care for their loved ones that they can trust.  She enjoys spending quality time with her husband and four children. 

Nathan Bageant, Rehabilitation Services Director

The Laurels of Pender welcomes Nathan Bageant as our new Rehab Services Director effective March 1, 2017.  Nathan previously worked in construction and still holds his NC Contractor’s License.  After receiving his degree as a certified occupational therapy assistant from Cape Fear Community College, Nathan transitioned his career into working in the skilled nursing environment.  Along with Nathan’s leadership, we welcome his high energy team of therapists who are looking forward to continuing to provide high quality rehab services, along with outstanding customer service to our guests and their families.  With his background in construction, Nathan brings a unique skills set to his job as rehab services director by using his knowledge of construction to assess guests’ homes for any safety issues or areas that might increase the risk for in-home falls.  We believe this to be a great asset to his job and to the residents of Pender County. Away from work, Nathan enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters playing in the yard or at the beach. We welcome Nathan and his team to our family at The Laurels of Pender.