Holly is a 2006 graduate of the Master of Physical Therapy program at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. She worked for eight years in a large outpatient clinic which provided therapy services primarily for a sizable orthopedic surgical practice. In 2011 she began training in a specialized fascial technique, Biosynchronistics, in response to frustration over what she perceives as the limitations to the more traditional model of physical therapy of “stretch and strengthen”. Holly is an advanced Biosychronistics practitioner and has introduced this to the other therapists at Homer Physical Therapy. She enjoys working with this extremely gentle and yet powerful technique. Holly is passionate about helping her clients reestablish balance and pain-free freedom of movement. This technique is well suited for acute and chronic conditions and is thoughtfully integrated with exercise and movement instruction.
Holly loves being with her beautiful baby and husband and her giant snugly dog. She enjoys fishing, cross-country and downhill skiing, yoga, watching the Dallas Cowboys play, and picking and strumming her banjo.
Emily Rogers, DPT, COMT
Emily is a 2013 graduate of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center. She has achieved certification in orthopedic manual therapy through the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine for the extremities and spine. In 2003, she graduated from Adelphi University in New York with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. During her professional dance career, she enjoyed working with choreographers in New York City, Boston, London, and Denver before deciding to go back to school to pursue a career in physical therapy. She is a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science and has been a certified Pilates instructor since 2004, achieving certification through Power Pilates and the Pilates Method Alliance.
Emily loves working in Alaska where she can spend an entire hour with clients. This allows her to form a better understanding of what prompted them to seek change for their health. It also allows her the time that is often necessary to discover what perpetuating factors are contributing to the individual’s condition. She draws on her diverse background to help clients improve their daily function.
Emily and her family were previously living in the interior and are thrilled to be living at “the other end of the road.” Outside of work, she loves exploring Alaska with her family, dancing, snowboarding, hiking, gardening, baking with her son, and cheering on the Denver Broncos.
Fran Evarts, Certified Personal Trainer
Fran became certified in 1997 as a group fitness instructor with the Aerobic and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). In 2003 she became certified as an AFAA Personal Trainer Fitness Counselor. This training and her collegiate background in human motivation and psychology enables her to work with clients on comprehensive wellness goal setting and attainment. In 2014 she became certified as a personal trainer with the American College of Sport Medicine (ACSM). She has held additional certifications in kickboxing, Mat Science/Pilates, weight training and spinning.
Fran brings to Homer Physical Therapy a rare level of expertise in teaching. She is a true educator who highly adept at conveying complex ideas, movement instruction and motivational concepts to those she works with. She loves teaching in group settings and relishes the learning that can occur by participants learning from one another, but also values one-on-one time with clientele.
Fran believes there is a perfect balance of all aspects of life and she imparts this not only in her work, but with her family through openness, acceptance and respect. Fran enjoys long-distance running and spending time with her wonderful family.
Pepper Martushev, Receptionist
Pepper brings her multi-tasking expertise to the front desk. She is generally the first contact person when someone calls Homer Physical Therapy. She is very committed to meeting the scheduling needs of clients to the best of her ability, providing options for scheduling that fit not only the rehabilitation needs of the client, but also life-style needs. She works hard to accommodate our out-of-town clients and our clients with complex medical / pain issues. She takes great pride in making sure every client’s experience with paperwork, scheduling and payment are conducted in a pleasant and respectful manner.
Pepper is a Certified Nurse’s Assistant through the University of Alaska and has a varied employment background working in property and leasing management and the family business of taxidermy.
Pepper is a tireless supporter of her three beautiful and talented daughters and their activities. She enjoys reading and exploring her boundless creativity both through writing and painting.