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 was born and raised in Port Matilda, PA. After graduating from Bald Eagle Area in 2007, Lauryn furthered her education at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. She majored in Sport & Recreation Management and minored in Athletic Coaching. Lauryn was a 2005 PIAA AA State Softball Champion and also played collegiate softball at UPB where she holds the homerun, total bases, and RBI’s records.
Being in love with sports and fitness, Lauryn quickly joined the sport, recreation and fitness world after graduating college. Her first professional step was becoming the Assistant Softball Coach at UPB the year after she graduated. Once that season was over, she decided to move back to her home roots. She began her fitness career at a gym in Bellefonte, PA – where she learned she had passion for not only managing, but for instructing and training fitness as well.
In June of 2015, Lauryn joined the Victory Sports & Fitness team. As she grew professionally, so did her hunger to take on more tasks, learn more about fitness, and to help as many people as possible.
Lauryn is now the Assistant Manager, Director of SilverSneakers, and a Fitness Professional at Victory. Lauryn runs the front desk area, coordinates socials and seminars, hires and trains employees, performs fitness consultations and sales, and runs Victory’s social media marketing. She is also a certified ACE Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer. Often you will find her in her office doing administrative work, running boot camp classes or personal training clients on the floor.
On her days off, you’ll see Lauryn playing slow pitch softball, kayaking, hiking, and fishing with her fiance and dogs, and of course spending Sunday dinners with her closest family!