Fine living is in the details at Villa

Villa offers a wealth of fine amenities. They're designed to make your life easier, safer – and better.

Settle into a luxurious apartment complete with heated floors in the bath! Enjoy restaurant-style dining and invigorating recreational programs. Take part in a dynamic social scene and join a vibrant community of friends and neighbors. Because your health is important to us, you have an available onsite doctor and 24-hour nursing, as well as transportation to area health care centers.  

As you browse Villa's distinctive advantages, remember that most of our services are included in your monthly rental fee. Come visit and discover Villa: The perfect choice for senior living without sacrifice.  

Laura Frerichs

Executive Director

Laura is a Rantoul native and worked as a Registered Nurse for over 20 years prior to joining Villa. In addition to her nursing duties over the course of the last two decades, she has served in multiple leadership capacities including mentoring nursing students and new staff and serving as house supervisor at Presence Medical Center. She is ACLS/PALS certified and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in nursing from Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University in Normal, IL.

Laura’s dedication to serving others is shared by her entire family. Her husband, Brett, is the Varsity Boys’ Basketball Coach at Rantoul High School, and her daughters Chelsea and Lauren have both spent time in the healthcare field. Chelsea is a speech pathologist and Lauren is a critical care nurse pursuing her Master’s Degree and working towards becoming a nurse practitioner. In her free time, Laura enjoys spending time with her family, especially her two grandsons.

Dr. Sheikh
Medical Director

Dr. Salman Sheikh of Christie Clinic’s Department of Pulmonary Medicine serves as the Medical Director and attending physician at The Villa West. Dr. Sheikh specializes in sleep medicine as well as the treatment and care of patients suffering from diseases of the lungs and respiratory system such as emphysema, asthma, lung cancer and pneumonia.

Dr. Sheikh received his medical degree from the University of Karachi in Pakistan, fulfilled his residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the State University of New York in Buffalo. He is a member of American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Pulmonary Medicine, American Board of Critical Care Medicine, American Board of Sleep Medicine and American College of Chest Physicians.

For more information on Christie Clinic and its services, please visit www.christieclinic.com

Brandy Espeland

Marketing Director

Brandy is from Elk Grove, Illinois, but grew up in Champaign and worked in central Illinois as both a Certified Nursing Assistant and within the assisted living community in Champaign and Bloomington prior to joining Villa. With over two-decades experience her duties include providing tours of the Villa community to potential residents and their families and fostering a positive environment for residents, family and friends, and all team members. She is also responsible for attracting, developing, and retaining residents and personalizing needs to fit their independent living lifestyle. Brandy received her degree from Parkland Community College in Champaign, IL.

Brandy’s passion for helping others comes through in her dedication to her job. Brandy is excited about the new opportunity and is confident her wealth of experience will allow her to provide the care that embodies the Villa mission. In her free time, Brandy spends time with her two sons.

Elena Hardy

Administrative Assistant

As Administrative Assistant, Elena works closely with the Executive Director to handle general administrative tasks. She also assists the residents with their daily lives, escorting them to appointments, meals, activities, and more. Elena is intently focused on making sure everyday life at the Villa operates smoothly for the residents. She also provides tours of the Villa community to potential residents and their families.

Elena is a graduate of Urbana High School and has previously served as an event planner at the Villa. Her dedication to the Villa residents and their well-being makes her genuinely positive attitude make her a favorite of the residents.

Genesis Rehab Services

Therapy Services

Therapists are available in-house to provide physical, occupational and speech therapies when ordered by your physician. When eligible, your insurance will be billed through the therapy department that is providing the service to you. The Genesis Therapy Center at Villa offers a private room, physical therapy gym. We also have walking paths available as part of therapy services. These walking paths are referred to as pathways to nature and include two ponds.


We pledge to bring you comfort and exceed your expectations. We will do this with passion, expertise and even style. Although your needs may differ, the peace of mind remains the same, as Villa takes care of every detail, every day. We understand that when you make this your home, our service must be unparalleled.