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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

Dr. Kevin Plancher
Kevin D. Plancher, MD graduated from Trinity College with a BS in Biochemistry and Chemistry, and then went on to obtain an MS Physiology from Georgetown University. He earned his MD cum laude from Georgetown and completed his residency at the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic program. He completed his first Fellowship at The Indiana Hand Center in hand and microvascular surgery, and a second Fellowship at the world-renowned Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Vail, CO in sports medicine and shoulder and knee reconstruction. Dr. Plancher is an Associate Clinical Professor of Orthopaedics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.

Dr. Plancher is a leading Orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine expert with extensive practice in knee, shoulder, elbow, and hand injuries. He specializes in treating ACL tears and shoulder injuries, which he sees frequently as a physician for the U.S. Ski Team and head team physician for Manhattanville College. His minimally invasive arthroscopic procedures include: partial knee replacements and arthroscopic rotator cuff surgeries, instability in shoulders, total shoulder replacements and arthroscopic elbow release for severe tennis elbow. Dr. Plancher also developed the release of a nerve arthroscopically for posterior shoulder pain in overhead throwers and volleyball players. He has a keen interest in adolescent sports injuries and injury prevention for young athletes.

Dr. Plancher lectures internationally as well as extensively in the U.S. on issues related to orthopaedic procedures and sports medicine injury management. He is Fellowship Director for an ACGME accredited sports medicine program in NYC and CT. In 2001, he founded the “Orthopaedic Foundation,” a non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation focused on maintaining and enhancing the physical well-being of active individuals through the development and promotion of research and supporting technologies. The FDN runs health-education programs for people who suffer from arthritis; seminars on preventing sports injuries; and rehabilitation programs for “weekend warriors.”


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.