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Medical Staff

Dr. Nicholas Sgaglione

Head Team Physician 

Dr. Nicholas Sgaglione
Dr. Nicholas Sgaglione is Professor and Chairman of the Northwell Department of Orthopedic Surgery and at the Hofstra North Shore School of Medicine. He also serves as the Senior Vice President for Orthopaedics for the Northwell Health System and Executive Director of the Orthopaedic Institute. He is currently a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Hofstra North Shore School of Medicine. 
Dr. Nicholas Sgaglione has been in clinical practice for more than 24 years in Great Neck, New York. He graduated from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York followed by a fellowship in sports medicine at the Southern California Orthopaedic Institute in Los Angeles.
Dr. Sgaglione was elected as president of the Arthroscopy Association of North America for 2012- 2013 and has served on its Board of Directors since 2008. Dr. Sgaglione was elected by his peers to the American Orthopaedic Association in 2006, a prestigious national society for leadership, education and research. He has also served as the New York State delegate for the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine. He is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine, International Cartilage Repair Society and New York Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Dr. Sgaglione serves on the Board of Trustees of the Arthroscopy Journal as well as the editorial board of several medical journals and is the author of two orthopaedic textbooks and more than 65 published articles and book chapters on knee, shoulder, ankle and cartilage surgery. Dr. Sgaglione specializes in sports medicine and has served as the Team Orthopaedist for numerous Long Island High Schools and the 
United States Merchant Marine Academy for the past 24 years.

Dr. Kevin Plancher

Associate Team Physician 

Dr. Kevin Plancher
Dr. Kevin D. Plancher, a world-renowned orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine expert with extensive knowledge and board certification in knee, shoulder, elbow, and hand injuries specializes in minimally invasive procedures of the knee (partial/total knee replacement, ACL reconstruction and meniscal repair) and shoulder (rotator cuff and dislocation treatment). He developed the arthroscopic technique for releasing the suprascapular nerve for posterior shoulder pain. He also has a keen interest in adolescent sports injuries and injury prevention for young athletes.

Dr. Plancher is a Clinical Professor in Orthopaedics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in chemistry and biochemistry from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. He then went on to earn his Master’s in Science in Physiology and Doctorate in Medicine from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Dr. Plancher completed his residency at Harvard University’s Combined Orthopaedic program and then two post-graduate fellowships, the first at The Indiana Hand Center focusing on hand and microvascular surgery. The second was at the world-renowned Steadman-Hawkins Clinic, focusing on sports medicine and reconstruction of the shoulder and knee.

In 2001, Dr. Plancher founded The Orthopaedic Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization with the mission of developing and promoting research and supportive technologies that enhance physical wellbeing to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. The Orthopaedic Foundation participates in clinical trials and offers educational programs to the community including health education seminars that teach people about topics like sports injury prevention and rehabilitation for “weekend warriors.” The Foundation also hosts young scholars from the community at their BioSkills lab for their unique “Doctor for the Day” program that provides hands-on medical education using simulated surgical techniques.  

Developing Centers for Regenerative Medicine, Dr. Plancher utilizes growth factors to treat cartilage and tendon injuries of all joints for return to sports. Dr. Plancher a team physician for the U.S. Ski & Snowboard and NY Lizards Lacrosse teams. Meet Dr. Plancher in his New York City or Greenwich, CT office where patients are treated like family - as it should to be!

Mike Spreckels

Head Athletic Trainer

Mike Spreckels
Michael Spreckels has been the Head Athletic Trainer for the Lizards since 2006. Mike (AKA Sprecks) graduated from Manhattan College in 1998 with a Bachelors degree in Athletic Training/Physical Education and received his Masters Degree in Physical Education from Hofstra University in 2002. Michael completed an Advanced Certificate Degree in Educational Leadership at Stony Brook University in 2011.  Mike has been teaching Physical Education in the Seaford School District since 2003 and has served as the district athletic trainer since 2001.  He is a New York State Education Department Instructor for the Coaching Certification Program.  He is a member of the Seaford School District Safety Committee and Concussion Management Team. He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA); New York State Athletic Trainers Association (NYSATA); Eastern Athletic Trainers Association (EATA); National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE); American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD); and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He is a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC); Licensed New York State Athletic Trainer; New York State Emergency Medical Technician; Certified American Red Cross Instructor; and studying to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.