Debora Amara, MA, OTR/L
Debbie received her Master's in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California in 1988 and has practiced Hand Therapy in the Hillsboro area since 1989. She enjoys treating the most severe of traumatic injuries with the plan to return the patient to a productive and fulfilling life. When not working, she can be found riding on a Tandem at the coast or swinging a golf club at a local golf course.
Molly Cruz, MPT CLT-UE
Molly graduated from the College of St. Benedict in 1993 with a B.S. in Natural Science. She then received her Master's in Physical Therapy at The Mayo Clinic in 1995. Molly has twenty-three years of experience in the outpatient orthopedic setting. She has completed three levels of the North American Institute of Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) Program, which has allowed her to apply a hands-on approach in facilitating mobility of various joint dysfunctions. During her years of patient care, she has expanded her practice and become certified in lymphedema therapy of the upper extremity through the Klose Training Academy. Many of the patients with lymphedema are recovering from cancer treatments and benefit greatly from the individual care and wellness strategies given during their recovery.
Molly also enjoys evaluating and treating patients suffering from vertigo symptoms through Epley's/Canalithic repositioning techniques and continued vestibular rehabilitation.
Molly's free time is spent hiking, golfing, gardening, and active time with her husband and two children.
Linda Josten, PTA
Linda completed the Physical Therapy Assistant program at Mt. Hood Community College in 1983. She has worked primarily in outpatient orthopedics since graduation. She joined our staff in 2007. Linda enjoys running, cooking, gardening and family time. She has a special interest in health and fitness
Karen Kawaguch, PT
Karen has over 30 years of experience as a Physical Therapist. The favorite part of her job is connecting with patients to help them realize their goals whether it is returning to their favorite sport, workplace, playing with grandchildren or gardening. She enjoys educating her patients on self care techniques and functional exercise to achieve these goals.
Karen graduated from Washington State University in 1986 with a BS in Biology and completed her Physical Therapy degree at The University of Washington in 1988. Go Cougs!
Karen enjoys walking to work, hiking with her husband, Jeff, spending time with her two children, traveling, camping, cycling and reading.
Erin Lloyd, DPT
Erin graduated with a Bachelor of Science in biology from Seattle University in 2006. She was awarded her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Pacific University in Forest Grove in 2009. As a lifelong athlete she takes pleasure in treating active individuals but also finds great reward in rehabilitating patients throughout the activity spectrum.
Focused on helping her patients reach their goals, Erin is a strong believer in the benefits of continuing education. To that end, she has completed courses in the Graston Technique, the Mulligan Concept, the McKenzie Approach, Myofascial Decompression by way of cupping techniques, Kinesio Taping, and Spanish for Physical Therapists.
Erin lives in Forest Grove with her husband, Robert. When she’s not treating patients, Erin can be found caring for her two young daughters, playing volleyball in her women’s league, coaching young softball pitchers, or spending quieter time with her family.
Sam Schroetke, DPT, Cert. MDT, Cert. DN
Sam joined Physical Therapy & Hand Clinic in 2015. He earned a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Pacific University. He has a passion for assisting people recover from injuries and pain, and returning to their fullest level of function. To assist with this, Sam has pursued advanced training and certifications in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, Dry Needling, and Instrument Assisted Soft-Tissue Mobilization.
Previously, he worked with clients as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a Certified Personal Trainer. Sam has a background in the martial arts, holding a second-degree black belt in Kenpo and a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.