Born in Buffalo, NY, Sue received a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Daemen College in Amherst, New York. She continued her education by earning a master’s degree in human movement science, with a concentration in sports medicine, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Sue is the current owner of Structure & Function Education, an education company dedicated to educating health care professionals dry needling, as well as, how to clinically Bridge the Gap from Rehab to Performance and has authored a book by the same name. Sue has presented at state, national and international level conferences in areas focusing on dry needling, pillar strength, integration of physical therapy and performance training, and comprehensive kinetic chain assessment and rehabilitation. She’s a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy (SCS), a certified athletic trainer (ATC), certified orthopedic manual therapist for the spine (COMT), a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT- 200) through Yoga Alliance.
Sue worked at Athletes’ Performance for 13 years, last serving as the Vice President of Performance Physical Therapy and Team Sport. She worked with the Los Angeles Dodgers for 6 years, last serving as head athletic trainer and physical therapist. She holds the distinction of being the first female head athletic trainer in any of the four major sports in the United States (MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA). She served as Head of Athletic Training and Sport Performance with US Soccer’s Men’s National Team. She was also named a Distinguished Alumni at Daemen College and has been inducted into her high school’s Athletic Hall of Fame (Kenmore West).
Sue also consults with a variety of organizations in the NBA, MLB, and NFL and has a concierge practice, continuing to work one on one with athletes. Her philosophy includes looking at the athlete as a whole person, working with the entire body to create an optimal environment for healing and performance training. Sue teaches our Foundations, Advanced and Dissection courses.
Brian Hortz, PhD AT
Born in Camden, NJ, Brian received a B.A. in physical education with a concentration in sports medicine. Upon graduation from Denison University, he pursued a master’s degree in sports medicine from Ohio University. He continued his post-graduate studies at the Ohio State University where he completed his doctoral degree in Exercise Science.
Dr. Hortz was part of the athletic training staff at Denison University from 1995-2019, he served as the Head Athletic Trainer from 1997-2010, and the Director of Sports Medicine from 2010-2019. His primary responsibilities at Denison University included, a professor in the Department of Health, Exercise and Sports Studies Major, as well as, directing the sports medicine program. Dr. Hortz started using dry needling several years ago with his athletes and it has become a primary treatment modality with many of the collegiate and high-performance athletes he treats. He has presented at state, national, and international level conferences in different areas focusing on dry needling, athletic training, medical ethics, regulatory issues, health, and physical activity. He served on the Ohio State PTOTAT licensure board for 9 years and has served in many roles from Joint Board Chair, Chair of the AT section, and other board assignments. Dr. Hortz was inducted into the Ohio Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame in 2018 and has received the NATA Service Award in 2015, The Board of Certification Dan Liberia Award in 2009, and was the Ohio Athletic Trainer of the Year in 2008. Included among his professional affiliations are memberships in the National Athletic Trainers Association, the Great Lakes Athletic Association, and the Ohio Athletic Trainers Association.
Dr. Hortz is an Instructor and the Director of Research and Education for Structure & Function Education. He has been teaching with Structure & Function Education for several years. Dr. Hortz teaches the Foundations and Advanced courses.
In addition to his work with Structure & Function Education, he also has a concierge practice and continues to work one-on-one with athletes to make them well.
Erik Marsh is in his 23rd season as the athletic trainer for the Falcon hockey team, and 30th year overall in the athletic training career field. He has been active with USA Hockey since 2011 as well. While at Air Force in addition to hockey he worked with the football team from 1994 until 2014 and the golf team from 2014 to the present.
Erik came to the Air Force Academy in 1994 after serving as an assistant trainer at Army for one year working with the 150-pound football team and gymnastics. Marsh spent five years as a student athletic trainer at Iowa State and two years as a graduate assistant at Oklahoma, where he worked with the football, wrestling and baseball teams.
The native of Parker, Colo., earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education/sports medicine from Iowa State in 1991. While at ISU, he played for the Cyclone lacrosse team as an attackman. He then earned his master’s degree in sports management from Oklahoma in 1993.
Erik has been using dry needling as his primary pain modality with his Air Force Academy athletes for the past two years and has began pursuing research interests in the effects of dry needling on swelling, performance/ recovery, and post surgical rehabilitation benefits. Erik teaching our Foundations and Advanced Courses.
Lindsay Becker, DPT, SCS, CSCS, CGFI-M3
Lindsay Becker is the Owner and Director of Performance at Buckeye Performance Golf in Columbus, Ohio. She graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northwestern University after completing her undergraduate work in Medical Dietetics at The Ohio State University. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy specializing in movement evaluation and correction.
Lindsay works extensively with golfers utilizing 3D motion analysis and movement evaluation to address physical and swing limitations. She works with the prestigious Muirfield Village Golf Club to provide rehabilitation and performance services to members, as well as Tour players during the annual Memorial Tournament. Lindsay is an instructor with Selective Functional Movement Assessment and Titleist Performance Institute and has taught extensively both nationally and internationally. She has written several peer-reviewed publications and chapters on golf injuries, hip pathologies, and movement screening.
Lindsay started using dry needling several years ago with her Tour players. It has become a primary modality in her toolbox for the treatment of pain and musculoskeletal dysfunction in patients of all ages and levels of sport. To learn more about Lindsay Becker you can visit her website www.buckeyeperformancegolf.com. Lindsay teaches our Foundations course.
Jennifer Allen, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, CHT
Jennifer Allen graduated from West Virginia University in 1994 and completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at AT Still University. She holds two Board Certified Clinical Specialist Certifications – one in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, and one in Sports Physical Therapy. She is also a Certified Hand Therapist. She Co-Founded Bodycentral Physical Therapy in 2001, and co-founded the Bodycentral Sports Residency Program in Tucson, Arizona. Over her career, she has served as a consultant to the US Naval ROTC program at the University of Arizona, the Arizona Heat Women’s Professional Fastpitch Softball Team including members of the US Olympic Softball Team, Baseball Pitchers/Coaches, the Professional Dancers of Ballet Tucson, Professional Musicians, and FC Tucson Soccer. She has a biomechanical approach to treatment and utilizes manual therapy, dry needling, cupping, video analysis, and functional exercise to reach patient and client goals. Her specialties include upper extremity rehabilitation, as well as Lower Chain Biomechanical evaluation and treatment.Jen teaches the OT/ CHT and DPM courses
Tonya L Bunner, PT, DPT, WCS, OCS, BCB-PMD
Tonya Bunner is the Chief Financial Officer and co-owns a private practice with over 6 locations in Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Bunner has 17 years of experience treating women and men with spine and hip dysfunctions, pelvic floor insufficiencies as it relates to urogynecological and colorectal issues, osteoporosis and complaints associated with simple and high risk pregnancies and the postpartum period. Dr. Bunner graduated from Old Dominion University in 2000 with a Master of Physical Therapy degree and in 2012 she completed a Doctor of Physical Therapy at AT Stills University. Dr. Bunner is ABPTS Board- certified in Orthopedics, Women’s Health, and is also Board certified in the use of Surface Electromyography in the evaluation of Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction by the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America. She has a diverse background in manual therapy interventions has found noted success in treating the orthopedic patient when considering women’s health co-morbidities. Dr. Bunner has presented at state and local conferences and is a mentor and instructor in Bodycentral Physical Therapy Sports and Women’s Health Residency Programs. Tonya teaches the Lumbo-Pelvic-Hip and Pelvic Floor courses
Kellie C. Huxel Bliven, PhD, ATC
A native of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, she received her doctoral degree in kinesiology with an athletic training emphasis from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Since joining A.T. Still University (ATSU) in 2008, Dr. Bliven has been a faculty member in various programs, including anatomy, kinesiology (formerly human movement), and athletic training. She currently serves as the professor and director of clinical anatomy in the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences at ATSU. Her primary role at ATSU is directing the clinical anatomy unit which involves all aspects of development and delivery of anatomy to health sciences and dental students, including lectures, gross anatomy labs, cadaver dissection, and diagnostic ultrasound. Her current line of research is on understanding and improving shoulder function and health, with a focus on overhead athletes.
Dr. Bliven is also involved in professional service, including the BOC exam development committee and editor of the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation.
Given Dr. Bliven’s experience in anatomy, she joined the Structure & Function Education team to assist with teaching the Anatomical Dissection & Dry Needling course.
Christian Compean PT, FAAOMPT
Born in El Paso Texas Christian has been a native to Texas is entire life and continues to enjoy the great state of Texas to this day. Christian and his wife are the founders of of Foundation Physical Therapy and Foundation Human Performance Institute in San Antonio Texas.
He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists, he currently educates and mentors aspiring fellows as faculty with the Institute of Athletic Regeneration. Christian obtained his masters in physical therapy from the University of Texas Medical Branch after completing his undergraduate work in Biology at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.
As a clinician Christian continues to be involved in patient care daily utilizing dry needling to compliment the manual therapy he provides to get excellent results for his patients. Along with patient care he is actively involved in improving performance with athletes from all levels, including high school, college, NBA, and PGA.
Christian is our newest instructor and is teaching the Advanced Dry Needling Concepts: Comprehensive Approach to the Cervical and Thoracic Spine.
S&F EDUCATION STAFF
With a Master’s of Science degree in Athletic Training, Ashley has recently ventured into new opportunities working as the Director of Operations for Structure & Function, and treating people privately under her own company ACE Movement, LLC. Ashley is passionate about clinical work and education and is excited to propel the possibilities of how effective dry needling can be to your practice!
Soo-Lin is our Marketing Coordinator for Structure & Function Education. She graduated from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing, a Certificate in International Business, and a Certificate in Small Business Entrepreneurship. With over 10 years of experience in marketing, she is excited to help build and expand the S&F brand while helping to bring awareness on how Structure & Function Education can help take your practice to the next level. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org
SUE FALSONE IN THE MEDIA
- NBC News – First Female Trainer in MLB
- Cramer Sports Med – Athletic Trainer Spotlight: Sue Falsone
- Prana PT – Interview with Sue Falsone
- Falsone’s Quick Action Saved Dodgers’ Player’s Leg
- Major League Baseball’s 1st female head athletic trainer
- Dodgers Hire First Female Head Athletic Trainer
Even after needling for several years, I still came away with jewels of treatment.