Staff Bios
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Douglas Westphal, PT, OCS
Director of Rehabilitation, Physical Therapist
MS in Physical Therapy, Columbia University


Douglas has been the Director of the Rehabilitation Department since 1993. He enjoys the challenges of the rehabilitation profession and specializes in muscle and bone injuries. He was certified as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) in 2004 by the American Physical Therapy Association. A lifetime learner he became a Master Clinical Hypnotist in 2011. Douglas enjoys the outdoors and the simplicity that Alaska living affords. 

 SPH 313

Karen Northrop, PT, DPT, OCS
Physical Therapist
BA in Psychology, California State University, Sacramento
MS in Physical Therapy, University of the Pacific
Doctorate in Physical Therapy, A. T. Still University-Arizona School of Health Sciences
ABPTS Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist


Karen Northrop has practiced Physical Therapy since 1989. She is one of the two certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedics on the Kenai Peninsula. She has practiced in Neurological Rehabilitation, Acute Care, Sports, Orthopedic, Home Health, and Ergonomics.A strong believer in continuing education, she has taken many courses to improve her techniques in various areas. She has completed a three month residency course in Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation at Kaiser Vallejo to become certified in this treatment philosophy. She has also been trained in Workwell and DSI Functional Capacity Evaluations.Karen loves Alaska and all the outdoor adventures that it offers. When not at work, she can be found spending time with her family and friends, usually outdoors.

 SPH 372

Bernadette Arsenault, PT
Physical therapist
BS in Physical Therapy, University of Connecticut


Bernadette has practiced physical therapy since graduating from UConn in 1981. She worked in Massachusetts for a year before moving to Alaska in May of 1982. She has been working for SPH since 1985. She enjoys working with the variety of clients of all ages and diagnoses in this rural hamlet by the sea. Bernadette and her husband live on the south side of Kachemak Bay 6 months of the year. She works part time which allows her to commute by boat two days a week. They have two daughters who are married. She strives to return people to the quality of life this great Alaskan coastal community has to offer.


Emilie Otis, PTA
Physical Therapy Assistant
AA, Loma Linda University


Emilie graduated in 2002 and has been working at South Peninsula Hospital (SPH) Rehabilitation department in outpatient orthopedics, inpatient rehabilitation and with Long Term Care residents. She enjoys working with clients of all ages and diagnoses. Emilie also works on ergonomic education and training at SPH and in the community. Emilie has lived in Homer since 1996 and enjoys hiking, swimming, skiing, hockey and spending time with her husband and 2 children.

SPH 251

Susan McCoy, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
MS in Occupational Therapy, Colorado State University


Susan McCoy has practiced occupational therapy since 2006. She has been working at the hospital since 2011, and covers inpatient rehabilitation, Long Term Care, outpatient adults and pediatrics, as well as Home Health. Susan has spent most of her career working in the specific fields of pediatrics and hand therapy, though enjoys working with clients of all ages and diagnosis. When she is not working, Susan spends time with her husband and 2 yr-old son; fishing, hiking, skiing, camping, and digging for clams.

SPH 355

Jackie Forster, OTR/L
Occupational therapist
DIR CI clinician


Jackie Forster graduated from Saint Louis University in 1999 and specializes in the field of pediatrics since 2003. She has a strong background and interest in working with children with sensory processing disorder (SPD). Her treatment is derived from the Developmental Individualized Relationship-based therapy which incorporates the Floortime Model, in addition to training in Infant Mental Health. She has spent 9 years in Alaska between Juneau and Homer and enjoys swimming, snowboarding, dancing, camping, cooking, and the Alaskan lifestyle.

SPH 277

Amy Lower, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
MS in Speech and Hearing Sciences, Portland State University


Amy Lower has practiced speech language pathology since 2006 and is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She specializes in pediatric therapy, voice and swallowing disorders, and rehabilitation for adults suffering from stroke and brain injury.  She truly enjoys her work and is dedicated to client care and outstanding therapy services.  Amy moved to Homer in 2011 and has fallen in love with Alaska.  She is a proud mother and enjoys spending time with her amazing family.

SPH 340

Maura Gibson
Rehabilitation Office Coordinator


Maura moved to Homer in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland with a BA in English Language and Literature. She entered the medical community in 2007 as front office staff for Dr. McCallum's office and was pleased to join SPH's Rehabilitation team this year. In her spare time, Maura loves to perform with Jazzline and Pier One Theatre and spend time with her partner Kordell and their two dogs.

SPH 386

Krista Selan
Rehabilitation Aide


Krista moved to Homer in September of 2011. She was drawn to the beauty of Homer during one of her vacations to Alaska. She is originally from Colorado where she was the Physical Therapy Coordinator for the Memorial Hospital for the last 17 years. She enjoys dancing, reading, and spending time with her husband and dog.