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.
Jackie Forster, OTR/L
Jackie graduated in 1999 from the University of Saint Louis and move to Alaska in 2001. Jackie specializes in manual therapy techniques of craniosacral therapy, visceral manipulation and lymph drainage for chronic pain conditions. Working with the soft tissue, fascia, organs and lymph allow for success in improving function. Jackie’s holistic and integrative approach has led her to Homer Physical Therapy where she will continue to address and provide treatment for women’s health issues.
Jackie enjoys music and playing the mandolin. She is an active member of the Homer community and enjoys outdoor activities such as fishing, paddle boarding , sailing, hiking, biking, camping and skiing.
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.
Deena Benson, Office Manager
Deena brings a diverse wealth of experience to her position at Homer Physical Therapy. Deena holds a UAA Certificate in Criminal Justice and has 13 years of experience in that field. She is also a Certified Municipal Clerk and worked as Deputy Municipal Clerk for four years. In addition, she has had a variety of other occupations which have contributed to her wide-ranging skill set. These include heavy equipment operator, veterinarian assistant, college registration clerk, and general manager of a large multi-service lodge.
Deena has been praised for her professionalism, organizational and communication skills. She is a natural problem-solver and brings compassion and joy of working with people to her job. She holds in high regard her belief that every being has the right to be treated with dignity.
Deena is our go-to person for most everything. Deena is very willing to help clients with billing or insurance issues related to your care at Homer Physical Therapy.
Deena is a die-hard rock hound (to the point we’ve considered renaming the business to Homer Physical Therapy and Geology) and enjoys travel that includes rocks.
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.
Deb McBride, Administrative Assistant
Deb brings a wealth of office experience to HPT. She has worked as a receptionist, procurement agent, bookkeeper, teacher and accountant. She worked in the electronics field for 16 years, went back to school for an AS in Accounting, managed the office of her husband’s HVAC business, home schooled her daughter, spent a couple of years in a real estate office and most recently worked for a nonprofit senior citizens group. She loves her work and loves to serve.
Being a city girl, Deb came to Homer reluctantly and was shocked to find people who still lived without indoor plumbing in the 21st century. She was fascinated by her husband’s homestead family and others who carved out a life in this picturesque, but often harsh environment. It didn’t take long for her to embrace her stunning surroundings and grow to love Homer and its people. In her spare time, she enjoys time with her family, including her church family, reading, card making and loads of yard work (weed reduction) in the summer. She loves a road trip and the opportunity to explore Alaska.
Deb is an Administration Assistant, processing operations of the business. You will see her in the office and at the front desk. Give her a call if you have questions regarding your care at Homer Physical Therapy in any way.
Devan Waldock, PT Aide
Devan was born and raised in California, but claims he did his growing up during visits to Arizona and Alaska. After graduating high school, he served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps., stationed in North Carolina, where he learned a lot about life and picked up on a wide variety of skills. A couple years after being honorably discharged, he decided to move to Homer, the town he had grown so fond of over years while fishing and four-wheeling with his great grandfather who was a Homer institution.
Devan’s diverse duties at Homer Physical Therapy include maintaining supplies, preparing treatment space, processing laundry, performing basic maintenance and custodial tasks, decorating for holidays, running errands, assisting with updates on the computer system and willingly accepting assignments in online research, records maintenance and office filing. Patients are greeted by his warm smile and the staff readily appreciates his thoughtful input.
He likes going backpacking, fishing, and motorcycling in the beautiful Alaskan summers. During the dark and cold seasons he enjoys falling into his indoor lifestyle of computers and video games, but also enjoys various winter sports.
Sallie Rediske, MPT, WCS
Sallie is a 1998 graduate of the Master of Physical Therapy program at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. In 2013, she earned recognition as a nationally certified specialist in women’s health physical therapy. She is the only physical therapist in Alaska with this credential. She has extensive experience in a wide range of outpatient problems including orthopedic conditions and specializes in the treatment of pelvic health concerns, including chronic pelvic pain, urinary and bowel issues, post-pelvic and abdominal surgery management and sexual function issues for both women and men. She also works with also treats pregnancy-related issues and complex chronic pain.
Sallie is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Section on Women’s Health of the APTA, Orthopedic Section of the APTA, National Vulvodynia Association, Endometriosis Association, International Pelvic Pain Society, and International Association for the Study of Pain.
Sallie sees her primary role as a health educator who approaches her profession in an integrative manner. She developed Homer Physical Therapy in 2003 to empower clients with knowledge to manage their neuromusculoskeletal conditions for a life-time of improved quality of life. She works to assimilate manual therapy techniques with functional movement reeducation to maximize the learning experience.
Sallie loves being with her family, cross-country skiing, paddle boarding, reading, and boating on beautiful Kachemak Bay. She also loves taking road trips in her prized 1984 AdventureWagon Volkswagen camper van listening to classic Springsteen.