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 University Park, 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 University Park 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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Thomas Conrad


Thomas Conrad joined The Laurels of University Park as administrator in April 2022.

Thomas has worked in long-term care for the past eight years and most recently held the position of administrator for the Elizabeth Adam Crump Health & Rehabilitation Center in Glen Allen, Va.

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Lea Clemmons-Little

Director of Nursing

Lea Clemmons-Little joined The Laurels of University Park as director of nursing in May 2022.

Lea is a proud Detroiter. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and a master's degree in nursing administration from George Mason University, as well as care manager certification from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Lea has over 25 years of nursing experience in Cardiology, Geriatrics and Case Management. Over the last 10 years, Lea has served the residents of Erickson Living as a practice administrator, memory care manager and clinical manager at Ashby Ponds/Maple Grove.

On a personal note, Lea is raising two daughters, Faith, a STEM major at Penn State University, and Miehdi, (Mimi) a pre-nursing major at North Carolina A&T, as well as her "bonus boys" Jeffrey, a Culinary Arts student and Jason, a rising Math and Physics major at Virginia Tech. She also has a beloved 16-year-old shih tzu, Oliver.  

In her free time, Lea is an active member of the public service organization, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  She also enjoys watching Michigan football, visiting wineries, and traveling with her husband, Mark.

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Tim Burner

Rehabilitation Services Director

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Jessica Bagby

Director of Marketing

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