Karen Northrop, PT, DPT, OCS
BA in Psychology, California State University, Sacramento
MS in Physical Therapy, University of the Pacific
Doctor of 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 received her Board Certification in Orthopaedics from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2005. She has clinical expertise in neurological rehabilitation, acute care, sports, orthopedics, home health, and ergonomics. Since she became a PT 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. Karen has also been trained in Functional Dry Needling, and DSI Functional Capacity Evaluations, and has been the Director of Rehabilitation Services since 2019 . 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.
Alicia Isenhour, PT
Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
Alicia graduated from University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in San Marcos, CA in April of 2021 with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy (PT) and returned to her hometown of Homer, to start her career at South Peninsula Hospital (SPH). She has a strong foundation in orthopedic and manual therapy, taking courses in the Paris approach to manual physical therapy throughout her schooling. She enjoys the variety that Homer and SPH provides, you may see her in acute care, long term care or outpatient PT. Her professional plans include taking courses to expand her knowledge and practice in neurologic, orthopedic and vestibular PT as well as pursuing a certification in manual therapy. She enjoys working with patients to encourage autonomy in their own care by emphasizing body awareness and giving patients the tools to continue their therapy journey and recovery past the PT gym. In her free time Alicia enjoys fishing, camping, hiking and running with her Border Collie-Catahoula, Kiska.
Maggie Goedeke, PT, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy, Wichita State University
Maggie graduated from Wichita State University in May of 2014 with her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree and moved to Homer to start her physical therapy career in June of 2014. She spent 3 months in Kotzebue in 2017 and joined the team at South Peninsula in October of 2017. Maggie has been honing her therapy skills in manual therapy and specializes in fascia, scar, and visceral mobilization blended with craniosacral techniques to improve skeletal alignment, improve posture and quality of movement. Maggie enjoys teaching body mechanics and targeted strengthening programs to restore function, decrease pain and return people to doing what they love. Maggie has experience working with sports injuries, joint pain, muscle pain, headaches, neurological conditions, balance and proprioception deficits, pelvic health conditions, pre-natal and post natal, overuse and strain injuries and complex pain conditions. Maggie enjoys problem solving and figuring out individualized treatments to meet each person’s evolving needs.
Neil Schott, PT, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Wisconsin- La Crosse
Neil moved to Homer from Wisconsin in 2018 to join the staff at South Peninsula Hospital. He completed his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from UW-La Crosse, which included clinical rotations with the United States Air Force and the Mayo Clinic Health System. Neil is interested in injury prevention in young athletes and orthopedics rehabilitation. His personal goals to help the community include obtaining more in-depth specialties such as becoming an orthopedic certified specialist, and taking continuing education courses in neurology and vestibular rehabilitation. In his free time you have the best chance of seeing Neil and his wife out backpacking, fly fishing, mountain biking, or out jogging around town.
Ginnie Oliver, PT, MOMT
BS in Physical Therapy, Eastern Washington University
MS in Manual Therapy, Ola Grimsby Institute
Ginnie received her PT degree from Eastern Washington University in 1993. She earned her Masters of Manual Therapy (MOMT) specialty from the Ola Grimsby Institute in 1997. For the past 23 years, she had been practicing in a private clinic in Anchorage. She enjoys treating a variety of patients and loves to be asked questions. Her particular strengths are treatment of spines, multi complex orthopedic patients and foot and ankle cases. She enjoys performing gait analysis and educating her patients to problem solve themselves. Her experience with past orthotic fabrication has helped her develop an acute eye for gait deviation. When she is not working she is spending time with her energetic 8 year old son. They love to hike, cross country ski, bike, do art projects and play Legos for hours.
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 spends 50% of her time working with our Long term Care residents and really enjoys working with geriatric clients. She also 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.
Emily Rogers, DPT, COMT
Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Emily received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado in 2013 and went on to become a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist through the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine. Prior to pursuing the field of physical therapy, she worked as a certified Pilates instructor, completing a full comprehensive classical Pilates certification in 2004. She has spent most of her PT career working in outpatient orthopedic clinics throughout Alaska and joined the team at SPH in 2022. She and her family moved to Homer about 6 years ago and in their free time, they love to get outside and enjoy the beauty of their surroundings.
Jackie Forster, OTR/L
Saint Louis University
DIR CI clinician / Craniosacral therapist
Jackie Forster, OTR/L Manual Therapist: Jackie Forster graduated in 1999 and has specialized in the field of pediatrics since 2003. She has a strong background and interest in working with children with sensory processing disorder (SPD fine motor and social emotional delays). 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. Jackie uses a variety of manual therapy tools including craniosacral, lymphatic drainage, visceral manipulation, biosyncronistics, and zero balancing. These therapies address the entire body on both pediatrics and adults. She attained education in women’s health and has studied with the Herman and Wallace Institute and certified in a Pregnancy and Postpartum Corrective Exercise Program through Sarah Duvall. She has spent the last few winters learning to sail and loves exploring the outdoors through hiking, camping, fishing, and skiing.
Tiffany McCorison, OTR/L CHT
Occupational Therapist, Certified Hand Therapist
MA in Occupational Therapy, College of St. Scholastica
Tiffany graduated from The College of St. Scholastica Master’s program, and started her career providing care in all areas of Occupational Therapy at a rural hospital. She decided to specialize in upper extremity care and took a position at the Mayo Clinic Hand Therapy, in Rochester, MN and became a Certified Hand Therapist in 2010. This exposure to advanced splinting, arthritis care, and congenital anomalies gave her the experience to start a Hand Clinic for a group of surgeons at the Orthopedic Institute, in South Dakota. Tiffany’s strength is with traumatic hand injuries involving multiple components including tendon, nerve, bone, and wounds. The joy of her work is in the success of her patients. In her spare time, she loves spending time at her farm with her family and enjoying all that Alaska has to offer.
Lioba Menger, MS, OTR/L
BS/MS in Occupational Therapy, Towson University
Lioba graduated from Towson University in Baltimore Maryland before starting her first position as an occupational therapist (OT) in Richmond, Virginia in 2018. In 2020, Lioba moved to Juneau, Alaska to support her new employer in establishing a new Four Ravens, LLC pediatric OT clinic. She also provided monthly treatment to individuals across the lifespan in Skagway, Alaska; where she got her first taste of Alaska as a hiking guide. Through these experiences, Lioba developed a passion for providing OT services to populations in rural and/or underserved areas. Lioba joined the South Peninsula team in 2023 where she is excited to work with a large interdisciplinary team and work with both pediatric and geriatric populations. Her focus is to utilize past experiences in varied settings to support individuals in increasing their functional performance in meaningful occupations. Lioba is a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician and looks forward to service the Homer community as a volunteer. When not taking care of her houseplants, she enjoys hiking, baking, and playing fiddle.
Caitlin Winters, OTR/L
University of Utah
Caitlin Winters, OTR/L: Caitlin joins the South Peninsula Therapy team from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She graduated from the University of Utah and has clinical experience working in various settings including outpatient hand therapy, pediatrics, home health, and in-patient rehab. Most recently, Caitlin worked with and was mentored by certified hand therapists with Bellin Health – official health care providers for the Green Bay Packers! Her professional goals include specializing in hand therapy and she is currently working towards achieving her Certified Hand Therapist credential. Caitlin is passionate about providing OT services in rural communities and developing programs based on community needs. She volunteers annually with a small rehabilitation clinic for pediatric and adult patients in Marrakech, Morocco. When she’s not working, Caitlin enjoys fly fishing, kayaking, camping and being outside with her husband and two dogs.
Speech Language Pathologist
Ashley Brasfield, CCC-SLP, MS
MS in Speech-Language Pathology, University of North Carolina
Ashley Brasfield is new to Homer and loving every minute in this beautiful place. She works with clients having problems swallowing, difficulty speaking and understanding, changes in thinking, and voice problems. She earned her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011, where she was a LEND fellow, Maternal-Child Health Trainee, and autism program research assistant. Since then she has worked on both the east and west coasts. Ashley and her family are optimistic about their first winter in Alaska, and excited for all the adventures to come.
Martie Klousner, M.S., CCC-SLP
Martie is originally from California and after graduating from Idaho State University in 2021 with a M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, she arrived in Homer, Alaska to start her new career as a speech-language pathologist. Martie’s clinical interests lie in cognitive-communication therapy, aphasia, and language, but she is looking forward to continuing to learn more about all the different domains seen at SPH such as voice therapy, articulation, and dysphagia therapy services all across the lifespan. When not working, Martie enjoys hiking, water coloring, reading, and any kind of live music.
Physical Therapy Assistants
Rich Kleinleder, PTA
Physical Therapy Assistant
AA, University of Alaska Anchorage
Rich is a long time resident of Homer although he is new to the field of physical therapy and SPH. After a long career as a wildlife biologist, Rich decided he wanted a new challenge in life and went back to school at UAA to become a PTA. Graduating in December 2017, Rich started working at SPH in February 2018. He enjoys working closely with people in the community to help them heal and regain important life functions. He enjoys hiking and other forms of outdoor recreation, contradancing, working in his large garden, and engaging with his three grandsons whenever he can.
Emilie Otis, PTA
Physical Therapy Assistant
AA, Loma Linda University
Emilie graduated in 2002 from Loma Linda University and has been working as a Physical Therapy Assistant at South Peninsula Hospital (SPH) Rehabilitation department in outpatient orthopedics and inpatient rehabilitation. She enjoys working with clients of all ages and diagnoses to improve their quality of life. Emilie completed CranioSacral Therapy training in 2015 and 2016. She 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, running and spending time with her husband, 2 children and friends.
Kellen moved to Homer in 2015 after graduating from UAA in 2014. Originally from Eagle River, Kellen enjoys reading, writing, and exercising.
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.