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 his chosen profession. His expertise is in orthopedics but he enjoys the wide variety of rehabilitation challenges that a rural community hospital affords. In 2011 he became a master clinical hypnotist and in 2013 trained to perform EMG and nerve conduction velocity studies. An Alaskan since 1989, he enjoys the outdoors and appreciates this unique place that is the end of the road.
Karen Northrop, PT, DPT, OCS
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 and has been at SPH since 1996. She is one of two certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedics on the Kenai Peninsula. She has practiced in neurological rehabilitation, acute care, sports, orthopedic, home health, and ergonomics. She has taken many courses to improve her techniques in various areas, and 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 spends time with her family and friends, usually outdoors.
Bernadette Arsenault, PT
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.
Susan McCoy, OTR/L
MS in Occupational Therapy, Colorado State University
Susan McCoy has practiced occupational therapy since 2006. She has worked at South Peninsula Hospital since 2011 and covers inpatient rehabilitation, long term care, outpatients and home health. Susan has spent most of her career working in the specific fields of pediatrics and hand therapy, though she enjoys working with clients of all ages and diagnoses. When she is not working, Susan spends time with her husband and children. They enjoy fishing, hiking, skiing, camping and digging for clams.
Jackie Forster, OTR/L
DIR CI clinician / Craniosacral therapist
Jackie Forster graduated from Saint Louis University in 1999 and has specialized in the field of pediatrics since 2003. She moved to Homer in 2011. 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. Since 2010, she has been practicing craniosacral therapy, which helps to relieve pain and improve illness and dysfunction.
Jessica Powell, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
MS in Speech-Language Pathology, Idaho State University
Jessica Powell has practiced speech language pathology since 2012 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 working with people of all ages and is dedicated to customizing therapy treatment to meet each individual’s unique needs. Jessica moved to Homer in 2014 with her husband and is looking forward to discovering all that Alaska has to offer.
Katie Haley, PT, DPT
BA in Biology, Colorado College
Doctorate of Physical Therapy, University of Colorado
Katie moved to Homer and began working at SPH in 2012. Her particular areas of interest and continuing education are in pediatric, orthopedic, and sports rehabilitation, but she also enjoys working with patients of all ages and diagnoses. When not working, Katie loves to be hiking, skiing, fishing, and exploring the outdoors with her husband and dog, Hank.
Katie Gatica, DPT
BA in Spanish & Psychology, Wellesley College
Doctor of Physical Therapy, MGH Institute of Health Professions
Katie hails from rural New Hampshire, and she came to Alaska in 2013 allured by the beauty of the mountains and outdoor adventure. She lived in Boston, MA and Wrangell, AK prior to settling in Homer. Her experience includes pediatric, neurological, and vestibular rehab; outpatient orthopedics; as well as acute care, inpatient rehab, and long term care. She finds the greatest joy in working with her pediatric clients. Katie enjoys the Alaskan outdoors with her husband, running, hiking, rapelling, mountain biking, Nordic skiing, ice skating, camping, and soccer. She has been with SPH since 2014.
Rehabilitation Office Coordinator
Krista moved to Homer in August of 2011. She was drawn to the beauty of Homer during one of her vacations to Alaska. She is originally from northwest Colorado where she was the Physical Therapy Coordinator for the Memorial Hospital for 17 years. She enjoys dancing, reading, and spending time with her husband and dog.