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