Dean Plafcan

Dean Plafcan is a Certified Athletic Trainer and a Physical Therapist. He currently is the Head Physical Therapist at Penn State Sports Medicine in State College Pennsylvania. He has been a staff member with Victory Sports and Fitness since 2012.

Dean is a Certified McKenzie Trained PT (MDT) whose background is in Orthopedic PT and Sports Medicine. His interests include baseball and the treatment of shoulder injuries. He has worked with numerous “throwing athletes” through the years and has significant interest in the treatment and rehabilitation of the “post-operative shoulder”

A native of Tomhicken, Pennsylvania, Dean is a graduate of West Hazleton High School. While in high school Dean played basketball for John “Yosh” Grobelny. He played high school baseball at West Hazleton under the direction of Tim Thompson.

A greaduate of Penn State University with a BS Degree in Physical Education, Dean worked a number of years as a Athletic Trainer at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. While at Indiana he worked extensively with the football and baseball programs. His athletic training background also includes a significant amount of work with wrestling and swimming. Dean obtained an MS Degree in Athletic Training from Indiana University, and an MS Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis.

Dean is the son of Michael and Lana Plafcan of Sugarloaf, Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Jill have 2 sons, Samuel and Steven.

Lauryn Weaver

Lauryn Weaver BS Sport & Recreation Management

  • B.S in Sport and Recreation Management from University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, 2011
  • Certified SilverSneakers Fitness Program Instructor
  • 3+ years experience in management and group fitness
  • Bald Eagle Area naive; 2005 PIAA AA Softball State Champion
  • Collegiate catcher, holds UPB homerun, total bases and RBI’s records

Email: laurynw@victorynation.com

Marcy Collitt

Marcy Collitt

  • Customer Service Representative since 2008
  • B.A in Liberal Arts from Pennsylvania State University in 1992
  • Native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Retired from the Football Coaches Office in 2007, Met Rob Oshinskie during that time
  • First joined Victory for Silver Sneakers

Danielle McHenry

Danielle McHenry

Pat Collins

Pat Collins

Kevin Collins

Kevin Collins

Travis Ritter

Travis Ritter CPT

  • B.S. in Kinesiology from Penn State
  • Certified Personal Trainer from American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)

Raised in the rural Appalachian of Mifflin County, Travis was very active growing up. Between riding his bicycle for everyday transportation, to climbing the trees on the ridge behind his house, it was rare to catch him inside.

He’s a proud alumni of Penn State in the class of 2015. He earned his Bachelors in Kinesiology, Fitness Studies option. While enrolled at Penn State, he was active in the Kinesiology club, anatomy labs, Alumni round tables, ACSM conferences, and on-campus activities like Exercise is Medicine.

While he attended Penn State, he worked at Drayer Physical Therapy in Lewistown. He assumed the role of a Physical Therapist Technician, where he helped guide patients through exercises, provided modalities, and educated patients on why certain exercises benefitted them. Drayer gave him an immense amount of knowledge on stretches, massage techniques, and body position to help correct posture.

His plan for the future involves gaining more knowledge in ACL tear prevention and restoration. He wants to keep athletes on the field rather than in a clinic. He also wants to hone in his knowledge of pre- and post-natal fitness. Pre-and-post-natal fitness is something that hasn’t been brought to the surface, and he’s looking forward to helping future parents in keeping the mother, as well as the fetus, healthy.

Above everything, his ultimate goal is to make a positive impact on people’s lives. He’s here to encourage people, whether that’s a stay at home mother or an elite athlete, to never stop working hard.
“The body can take darn near anything, it’s the MIND that needs training” – Mr. Marcus Luttrel, former US Navy SEAL

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Andy Riley

Andy Riley, ACE, CPT, BOLC/AOLC

  • B.S. in Kinesiology from Penn State
  • American Council on Exercise (Certified Personal Trainer)
  • BOLC/AOLC (Basic & Advanced Olympic Lifting Certification
  • CSCS Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Andy was born and raised in Stewartsville, New Jersey. He loves sports and grew up playing whatever he could  which included ice hockey, football, baseball, basketball and even soccer. His love for fitness developed the summer before his senior year of high school. Even though he was active his whole life he had always  struggled with his weight and it got so bad that at one point he weighed over 300 pounds. His weight loss journey began with weight lifting 2 or 3 times a week and running up the street. This grew into lifting 4 or 5 days a week and running 5 to 6 miles every single day, but it didn’t happen over night. It took him about a year and a half to lose the 130 pounds that he wanted to lose. It was the toughest thing he has ever done in his life but at the same time it was the most rewarding. He specialize in sports performance and general fitness training. He has trained clients from 8 to 80 with all different needs. He is a great motivator who enjoys extreme levels of intensity and aggressive amount of espresso.

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Scott Everhart

Scott Everhart, CSCS, USAW-L1SP, TPI, YFS

  • Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Indiana University of PA
  • TPI (Titleist Performance Institute)
  • CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) by NSCA
  • USAW-L1SP (United States Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach)
  • YFS Level 1 (Youth Fitness Specialist)

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Steve Jury

Steve Jury, CPT, IFS, SPC, CFI 

Professional Credentials:

  • N.S.C.A National Strength and Conditioning Association C.P.T. (Certified Personal Trainer)
  • N.A.S.M. National Academy of Sports Medicine I.F.S. (Integrated Flexibility Specialist)
  • N.S.P.A National Strength Professionals Association C.F.I. (Certified Fitness Instructor)
  • U.S.A.W USA Weightlifting S.P.C. (Sports Performance Coach)
  • Renegade Training:
    • Board of Advisors
    • Senior Level Coach
    • Certified Kettlebell Specialist
    • DMC Professional
    • Pink Yoga Instructor
  • Creator: Simply Stretched flexibility, mobility and movement program

Without a doubt, my affiliation with Renegade Training has had the biggest impact on my life and career. Going beyond mere exercise to creating a lifestyle and having a positive influence on others in and out of the gym. The ability to reach across with the hand of compassion and build people up and give them hope when they’ve given up is a responsibility I embrace! Overcome adversity and live life to the fullest!

Professional Experience:

My background in competitive sports via: Road and Track Cycling, Adventure Racing, Rugby and Futbol (Soccer) to name just a few, has helped me build an appreciation for taking care of yourself and getting the most out of the time spent in pursuit of your goals whatever they may be. As former Owner/Operator of Peak Performance Personal Training in Southeastern PA from 1999 to 2003 , I specialized in functional and non-traditional forms of strength training, techniques that I still utilize to this day.

Steve’s experience comes from a wide range of sources:

  • 20+ years as a Fitness Professional
  • Working with clientele from the ages of 8 yrs to 94 yrs
  • Trained athletes in many sports: Rugby, Basketball, Sailing (around the world) and Figure skating.

Presenter/Lecturer for the following:

  • 2004 North Carolina Strength Coaches Clinic
  • Penn State Martial Arts Club
  • 2004 Penn State Rugby Summer Camp
  • 2011 World Tang Soo-Do Regional Clinic

Steve’s Personal Interests Include:

  • Cycling (former competitive Road and Track cyclist)
  • Adventure Racing
  • Hiking
  • Successful summit of Mount Kilimanjaro 19,340 ft

My Story

I grew up watching Jack Lalanne sharing how a healthy lifestyle can impact someone’s life. “I do it as a therapy. I do it as something to keep me alive. We all need a little discipline. Exercise is my discipline”. -Jack LaLanne

It was 1987 when I “accidentally” discovered the NASM. I always knew I wanted to be involved in this field but didn’t know where or how, and thus I finally found a path to make my fitness career possible. Studying the mechanics of the human body has always fascinated me. It’s an incredible piece of equipment, better than any infomercial product. It can do amazing things if you only know how to take care of it.

Not until 1995 did I dive headfirst into the profession, and I’ve never looked back for a minute. Since then I’ve had the privilege to meet and study the work of some incredible people, who have had an impact on me both personally and professionally, including:

John Davies: Founder of Renegade Training: Who taught me the value of overcoming adversity in any area of your life, and living a life and career with passion and purpose and to be of true service to others! Jack Lalanne: The true “Godfather of Fitness” , who pioneered the health and fitness industry over 80 years ago!

Hank Polaskin : Taught me to think outside the box at an early age and just use common items ie: Cement blocks and/or bricks to get a great workout! Vince Gironda, Steve Maxwell, Vern Gambetta, Lee Taft, Rodney Corn and Leo Totten to name just a few.

It has been a blessing to have these people in my life to help guide me. Being a fitness professional is about more than just “exercise”, it is an opportunity for me to impact someone’s life in a positive way.

Over the past 20+ years I’ve been privileged to work with people from all walks of life. From sailing around the world to helping someone move more freely and have more energy. They have enriched my life as much if not more than I have theirs.

Everyday brings a new and exciting challenge that I want to share with them and make their journey one to remember as they move toward their chosen goals.

Testimonial:

“I am an avid blue water sailor, owner of many sailboats and a licensed captain. In 2002 I had the opportunity to apply to crew on the delivery of one of the BT Challenge boats from San Francisco to Plymouth, UK around Cape Horn. The boat was a 67-foot steel hulled cutter-rigged sloop with a suit of 13 sails. It had no roller furling and no electric or hydraulic winches. In the often violent conditions of the Southern Ocean, sails had to be changed frequently, quickly and correctly, then folded on deck and stowed below. The physical demands of the four-month passage would be arduous, to say the least.

I had been a life-long runner and was in good physical condition, but the nature of the work about this ship was unique. It required excellent balance, bursts of intense cardio activity and upper body strength in unusual ranges of motion (e.g. two-handed winching on BIG winches and hoisting very heavy sails up a 90+ foot mast). Steve Jury put together a training program for me specifically designed for the nature of the work I would be required to perform. While I was certainly not the biggest or strongest member of the crew, I was easily the best prepared for the rigors of heavy weather sailing; no aches, pains, strains or injuries. I have Steve and his innovative training methods to thank for preparing me so well for the adventure of a lifetime. Being able to perform reliably in force 12 winds on 70 foot seas was the ultimate reward for all the hard training. It was well worth it!” Michael Nightingale

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