Jersey Shore Hospital
Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation
In The News: Arthritis, Avoid Surgery, Back Pack Safety, Graston Technique, Stretching

When you are injured or in pain, all of your daily activities are affected, at home, at work, and at play. Our skilled Physical Therapists will perform a thorough assessment including evaluation of joint range of motion, strength levels and identification of difficulties that you may have with daily activities. Following the assessment, a treatment plan is established that will address the pain and/or difficulties you are experiencing and will guide you towards maximizing your full function. Because successful rehabilitation is a combined effort of both the therapist and the patient, your therapist will explain the injury and treatment process, and will also provide instructions for you to continue your treatment at home.

Vicki Hospes, Physical Therapist AssistantOur Physical Therapists offer therapy for various conditions including, but not limited to:

  • Rehab following total joint replacements
  • Work related injuries
  • Tendonitis/bursitis
  • Rehab following shoulder and knee surgery
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Arthritis and joint injuries
  • Muscle strains
  • Sprains
  • Sports related injuries
  • Rehab following fractures
  • Difficulty with walking and balance
  • Wound Care
  • Graston Technique Provider

Jersey Shore Hospital Graston Technique ProviderOur hands-on approach also includes manual therapy techniques to increase joint movement or relax and stretch tight muscles and ligaments. In addition, we utilize various technologies such as the Graston Technique, and equipment, such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, heat and ice to improve the "stretchability" of certain tissues and to decrease swelling.

For questions concerning outpatient therapy, please call 570-398-3111.

Brian P. Haas, Physical Therapist Brian P. Haas, Physical Therapist, Director of Rehabilitation 
Brian is a native of Williamsport, Pennsylvania and has been working at Jersey Shore Hospital since 2002. He received his Physical Therapy degree from the University of Scranton in 1989 and continues learning each year with multiple continuing education credits. His interest area is orthopedics/sports and wound care. In his spare time, Brian enjoys tandem cycling with his wife Christine, fly fishing, wood working, cooking, gardening, and volunteering at his church. Email Brian at
Karen Horne, Physical Therapist Karen Horne, Physical Therapist
Karen has been a Physical Therapist for over 24 years and she recently brought her experience to the Jersey Shore Hospital Physical Therapy Department. She will be evaluating and treating patients in her specialty area of sports medicine and post-operative orthopedic physical therapy. In her spare time, Karen loves reading and enjoying sports, especially New York Yankees baseball and Penn State football. She also enjoys going to the beach, amusement parks, hiking and warm weather.
Karen Johnson, Physical Therapist 
Karen was born in Sayer, Pennsylvania, and moved to Lock Haven at the age of two. She graduated from Lock Haven University in 1972 with a Bachelor’s of Biology Degree and she received her Certificate of Physical Therapy from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978. Karen has since been a part of Jersey Shore Hospital, working here for over 35 years. Karen is married and has two children. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, exercising, and teaching health wellness. Karen is also a Reiki Massage Master, and enjoys teaching weight loss classes to friends and family.
Vicki Hospes, Physical Therapist Assistant Vicki Hospes, Physical Therapist Assistant
Vicki, originally from Brentwood, New York, is a physical therapist assistant at Jersey Shore Hospital. Vicki graduated from Nassau County Community College with an Associate’s Degree in applied science. Her specialty interest lies in treating orthopedic patients. In her spare time, Vicki enjoys golf, skiing, cooking, and travel.
Kelly Watson, Physical Therapist Assistant Kelly Watson, Physical Therapist Assistant
Kelly is from Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania, and is a physical therapist assistant at Jersey Shore Hospital. She received her Associate’s Degree in applied science in 1981 from Lehigh County Community College. Her clinic interest lies in orthopedics and geriatrics. In her free time, Kelly enjoys walking, Notre Dame sports, watching football, and spending time with family and friends. Kelly has extensive experience in Acute Care, Long Term Care, Sports Medicine, Work Hardening, and Exercise Programs for the geriatric population. She is a member of the hospital’s Safety Committee and Decontamination team. She is also an educator on back safety for nurses and new hospital employees, and was on the committee to implement a tobacco free campus. Currently, Kelly serves on the hospital’s Customer Service team. She also enjoys volunteering at her church and being a certified hospice volunteer.
Carol Carson, Rehabilitation Aide Carol Carson, Rehabilitation Aide
Carol is a native of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and has been with Jersey Shore Hospital since 1999. Carol holds a Nurse Aide Certificate and helps out in all aspects of the Rehabilitation Department from scheduling to patient care. Her hobbies include gardening, riding motorcycle, and spending time with her family and grandchildren.
Brittany Wheeland, Secretary/Receptionist
Brittany, from Jersey Shore, has been employed with Jersey Shore Hospital since 2010. She is the newest addition to the Rehabilitation Department where she handles appointment scheduling. As the receptionist she enables the hospital to fulfill its mission of patient-centered treatment. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family, hunting and kayaking.
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Susan E. Smith Susan E. Smith, Physical Therapist
Susan, from Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania, works at the hospital’s Tiadaghton office located in Lock Haven where she is also the clinic’s manager. Susan received her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy in 2000 from Gannon University. She enjoys treating outpatient orthopedic patients. In her spare time, Susan enjoys playing the piano, reading, and spending time with her family. She also enjoys participating in church activities including worship/music team, and children’s teaching.  Email Susan at

Susan E. Smith Danielle Lutz, Physical Therapist
Danielle is a Physical Therapist at Tiadaghton Health Center in Lock Haven.  She received her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy in 2009 from Misericordia University and will graduate with her Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy in May 2014 from the University of Scranton.  She enjoys the beach, reading, traveling, and spending time with her husband and family. Watch Patient Testimonial Video
Cathy Bowman, Secretary/Receptionist
Cathy, from Mill Hall, has been employed with Jersey Shore Hospital since 2003. Her job duties include greeting and scheduling the patients, as well as assisting the physical therapists. She enjoys gardening, reading, and spending time with her family.

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