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 named a Distinguished Alumni at Daemen College and has been inducted into her high school’s Athletic Hall of Fame (Kenmore West).
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 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.Sue teaches our Foundations, Advanced and Dissection courses.
Brian Hortz, PhD AT
Dr. Brian Hortz has been a part of the athletic training staff at Denison University since 1995. He was the Head Athletic Trainer from 1997-2010 and is currently the Director of Sports Medicine. Dr. Hortz's interest in sports medicine began when he was an undergraduate at Denison where he graduated in 1994 with a B.A. in physical education with a concentration in sports medicine. Upon graduation from Denison, Dr. Hortz pursued a master's degree in sports medicine from Ohio University while spending one year as the head athletic trainer at Crooksville High School. Dr. Hortz then continued his post-graduate studies at The Ohio State University where he completed his doctoral degree in Exercise Science.
Dr. Hortz's primary responsibilities at Denison University include being a professor in Denison's Department of Health, Exercise and Sports Studies Major, as well as directing the sports medicine program at Denison. In addition to his professorial duties and on-field work with Denison athletes, Hortz also serves as an Assistant Director of Athletics. 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 taught several courses with and for Sue Falsone in the past. Brian teaches our Foundations and Advanced courses.
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 is the Owner and Director of Performance at Buckeye Performance Golf in Columbus, Ohio. Lindsay 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. Lindsay 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, and 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 find out 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, PT,DPT,OCS,SCS,CHT 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, PT, DPT, WCS, OCS, BCB-PMB 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
Kellie C. Huxel Bliven, PhD, ATC, is a professor of clinical anatomy in the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences at A.T. Still University (ATSU). In this role, she is involved in all aspects of development and delivery of anatomy to health sciences and dental students, including lectures, gross anatomy labs, cadaver dissection, and diagnostic ultrasound. Given Dr. Bliven’s experience in anatomy, she joined Structure & Function’s team to assist with teaching the Anatomical Dissection & Dry Needling course.
Since joining ATSU in 2008, Dr. Bliven has been a faculty member in various programs, including anatomy, kinesiology (formerly human movement), and athletic training. Dr. Bliven’s current line of research is on understanding and improving shoulder function and health, with a focus on overhead athletes. In addition, Dr. Bliven serves as the director of the Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory and as the vice chair of the Institutional Review Board at ATSU-Mesa campus. She is also involved in professional service, including the BOC exam development committee, associate editor of the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, and active member in the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists.
Dr. Bliven received her bachelor’s degree in biology and physical education from Denison University in Granville, Ohio; master’s degree in kinesiology from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.; and doctoral degree in kinesiology with an athletic training emphasis from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa. in Philadelphia, Pa.
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!
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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
In the University / collegiate athletic setting it is vital to have your best athletes available all the time and have time efficient treatments. Dry Needling is a game changer in that setting.