• Sports Medicine Staff
     
    Athletic Trainers:
     
    Lea Vandegrift started at Hershey High School as the Head Athletic Trainer in 2017. She went to Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania earning her Bachelors of Science degree in Athletic Training. Lea also minored in Sport and Exercise Psychology as well as Coaching to study all aspects of sport. Lea continued her studies at Millersville University attaining her Masters of Education in Sport Management. Her professional career started at Millersville University working as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for two years covering Division I and II athletics. As her career continued Lea worked at Division 1 Lafayette College and Saint Peter’s University until making a career move to the secondary level. Lea worked at Manheim Township High School as well as Lititz Christian School. She also covered youth, club, and adult athletics while working at Spooky Nook Sports through OAL. Lea also worked in outpatient physical therapy. She has many years of experience working at the secondary, collegiate, club, and youth levels of athletics as well as with patients of all ages and fitness levels. Lea grew up in Quarryville, PA and now lives in Lancaster. In her free time Lea enjoys snowboarding, playing soccer, weight lifting, but most importantly time with friends and family. She originally got into Athletic Training as a high school student and has stuck with it ever since. Lea continues to enjoy being a preceptor to help students learn the profession and pass on the love of Athletic Training. She loves Athletic Training to ensure the well-being of athletes through the whole gamete of care from prevention, evaluation, rehabilitation, and return to play.
     
    Jordan Bartal, MS, LAT, ATC - Middle School and High Schooll
    Jordan Bartal started at Hershey School District as an Athletic Trainer in the fall of 2017. She went to West Chester University earning her Bachelors of Science degree in Athletic Training. She continued her education at East Stroudsburg University earning a Masters of Science in Athletic Training. During this time Jordan was a Graduate Assistant at Wilson School District working with Wilson West Middle School and Wilson High School. Jordan currently resides in her hometown of Sinking Spring, PA. On her time off she enjoys hiking, going to the beach and spending time with friends and family. Jordan looks forward to continue to work with the athletes and staff at Hershey School District.
     
     
    Team Physicians:
     
    Matthew Silvis, MD - Primary Care Sports Medicine Team Physician
    Dr. Silvis has been a Sports Medicine Physician for DTSD since 2010.  He is the Director of Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship, graduated from Pennsylvania State College of Medicine in 2002. He then completed a Family Medicine Residency at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. After residency, Dr. Silvis practiced wilderness medicine in rural Wyoming before returning to Wake Forest where he completed a fellowship in primary care sports medicine. Dr. Silvis is currently an Associate Professor in the Departments of Family and Community Medicine and Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation and medical director of primary care sports medicine. He also serves as team physician for the Hershey Bears Hockey Club. He has special interests in the care of endurance athletes, exercise, and concussion. An avid outdoorsman, Dr. Silvis enjoys hiking, mountain biking, running, and photography. He lives in Hershey with his wife, Christine, and their two sons, Nicholas and Benjamin.  Dr. Silvis clears all concussions sustained by any DTSD athlete and is available for sports injury consultations. The Athletic Trainers coordinate care and appointments with Dr. Silvis.
     
     
    Scott Lynch, MD - Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Team Physician
    Dr. Lynch has been involved with DTSD sports for over a decade.  Dr. Lynch has been on faculty at Penn State Hershey Medical Center since June of 1998 as an Orthopaedic Surgeon with subspecialization in Sports Medicine. Prior to coming to Hershey he did his Orthopaedic residency at the University of Vermont and then did two Sports Medicine Fellowships; one at the Cleveland Clinic and one overseas at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. He was promoted to Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery in 2004 and was named the Director of Sports Medicine at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. He has been the Practice Site Medical Director for the Adult Bone and Joint Clinic since its opening in 2008. He serves as the team physician for the Penn State University football team and as an assistant team physician for the Hershey Bears hockey team. Dr. Lynch helps as a volunteer wrestling coach for the high school, and enjoys biking and playing his guitar.  He lives in Hershey with his wife, Debbie, and has two children currently attending college.  The Athletic Trainers coordinate care and appointments with Dr. Lynch.
     
    Facts About Certified Athletic Trainers:
    • Medical professionals who are experts in injury prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation, particularly in the orthopedic and musculoskeletal disciplines
    • Have at least a bachelor's degree in athletic training, which is an allied health profession
    • Must pass a national certification exam before earning the ATC credential
    • Must keep their skills current by participating in continuing education
    • ATC's work under the direct supervision of a physician
    • Licensed under PA State Board of Medicine
    • ATC's collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of athletes
     
    Athletic Trainers are available after school to provide:
    • Assessment and diagnosis of musculoskeletal injuries in athletes as well as first aid, treatment and proper referrals when appropriate
    • Physical rehabilitation services
    • Management of emergency situations which may arise during athletic practices and events
    • Coordination of care with Primary Care Physicians, Orthopedic Physicians and Physical Therapist