Sean grew up in Hershey and was active playing sports from his youth through high school. During high school, he experienced several sports injuries that required physical therapy treatment. The thought of continuing to stay involved with sports as a career was intriguing, and he decided he wanted to be a physical therapist. After an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from Penn State, he then received his PT degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia. Sean returned to Central PA after school to complete an Orthopedic Residency program. Through this he sat for a board exam and became an Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) through the American Physical Therapy Association.
It was around this time that Sean met his wife, Katie, who’s residency after medical school took them to New England. Sean worked in Western Massachusetts in a hospital-based outpatient setting and started an Orthopedic Residency at that employer. He also worked as an Adjunct Professor of Physical Therapy at Springfield College’s DPT Program. Following his wife’s residency, the MacLaughlin’s returned to the Philadelphia area to Kennett Square and had their first son in 2014. Sean worked per diem to be home more with his children from 2015-2020. His second son was born in 2017.
With his family still in Central PA and his wife’s gravitating to Lancaster as well, the MacLaughlin’s decided to move here. His wife is a board-certified internist and pediatrician for a practice in Strasburg. Sean and Katie became interested in Integrative and Holistic Healthcare and Wellness. Sean completed a six-month online and in-house certification, the Integrative Health and Lifestyle Program at the University of Arizona’s Andrew Weil’s Center for Integrative Medicine in 2016. He has a strong interest in the mind-body connection, diet/nutrition, and tying all aspects of health and wellness into improving lives and communities. Outside of work, Sean enjoys being outside, exercising, reading, golf, following Penn State and Philadelphia sports (with one notable exception), traveling and spending time with Katie, his two sons, and their Labrador Retriever.
Functional Manual Therapy® is an approach to patient care coined and developed by Gregory and Vicky Johnson in the early 1990’s.
We are unique in that we do not have any physical therapy assistants on staff; we provide all our patients direct contact with a licensed physical therapist for personalized, one-on-one treatment sessions
Dawn is a CFMT (certified functional manual therapist), which means she is only one of 4 in Pennsylvania to be certified with this proven, effective system for treatment of a wide spectrum of patients.
Justin, Heather, Charlie, Shannon and Joseph are also very knowledgeable in functional manual therapy as this is Prana's paradigm of treatment.