Douglas Westphal

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

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 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

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.

Sarah Bollwitt

Sarah Bollwitt, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist
MS in Occupational Therapy, Colorado State University

Sarah began practicing Occupational therapy in 2009. She moved to Homer in April 2015 and treats primarily wrist, hand, elbow and shoulder diagnoses. Sarah has worked in outpatient, inpatient, neurological and spinal rehabilitation, acute, long term, and home health care settings. She enjoys helping people return to the activities that mean the most to them. Sarah’s extracurricular pursuits include reading, hiking, swimming, camping, snowboarding, and lemon bars.

Jackie Forster

Jackie Forster, OTR/L

Occupational therapist
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.

Katie Gatica, DPT

Physical Therapist
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.

Katie Haley

Katie Haley, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist
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.

Robert Hixon PT, DPT

Robert Hixon PT, DPT

BA in Exercise Sports Science from Elon University
Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of Florida

Robert grew up on the coast of Alabama and has always had a passion for the outdoors as well as serving the community. While in college, he worked as a rehab technician and realized physical therapy was the career path he wanted to take. Since graduating from University of Florida with his DPT he has worked mainly in the outpatient orthopedic setting, but also has experience in both long-term care and acute care. His main interests are in orthopedics, vestibular, and sports rehabilitation for all age groups. When he is not working his favorite hobbies include fishing, camping, hiking, running, and taking full advantage of the Alaskan outdoors as much as possible.

Susan Cates-Blackmon, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Susan Cates-Blackmon, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Bachelors of Arts in Psychology;
M.Ed. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Georgia

Born and raised in Georgia, Susan moved to Alaska with her husband in 2016 to pursue speech-language pathology career in a beautiful location.  It was personal interests which fueled her passion for adult cognitive and voice rehabilitation.  As a Celtic/Broadway-style singer, she enjoys working with vocalists to preserve their performance abilities, and works to help all patients reclaim their prior abilities and reintegrate into the roles they previously held before affected with disease.  Her recent experience is in the classroom setting, working with students with autism, Down syndrome, and acquired brain injuries.  She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association.

Susan McCoy

Susan McCoy, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist
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.

Emilie Otis

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.

Amber Rogers

Amber Rogers PT, DPT, ATC

Physical Therapist
BS in Athletic Training, Northern Arizona University
Doctorate of Physical Therapy, AT Still University

Amber has practiced physical therapy since 2010. She travelled for multiple years before coming to Homer in 2014 and falling in love with the people and beauty it has to offer.  She is one of three of our therapists certified in trigger point dry needling.  She enjoys working with patients of all ages and diagnoses but her particular interests are orthopaedic, sports, manual therapy, paediatrics, and neurological. When not working, Amber enjoys anything outdoors, hiking, camping, climbing, crafts, and looks forward to experiencing the many adventures of Alaska.

Lindsay Tisdale

Lindsay Tisdale PT, DPT

BS of Health Science from University of Florida
Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of Florida

Lindsay is originally from Florida and has called the sunshine state home for most of her life. She has always enjoyed the outdoors and has a love for all wildlife and domestic critters. Since graduating from her physical therapy program she has worked in a variety of settings from outpatient orthopedics, long-term care, wound care, acute care, and home health. In her down time Lindsay’s hobbies include photography, hiking, camping, fishing, critter watching, and exploring as much of Alaska as she can.

Krista Selan

Krista Selan

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.

Kellen Davenport

Unit Clerk

Kellen moved to Homer in 2015 after graduating from UAA in 2014. Originally from Eagle River, Kellen enjoys reading, writing, and exercising.

Rebecca Lunde

Rebecca Lunde

Rehab Aid

Becca moved to Homer from Washington State after graduating from Pacific Lutheran University with a degree in biology.   She is excited to be part of the rehabilitation team at SPH and looks forward to attending physical therapy school next fall.  Her favorite activities include running, hiking, camping, and spending time with friends and family.