Mission Statement

Structure & Function Education provides world class education services to healthcare and sport performance professionals, so they in turn can elevate the lives of their patients. To do this, we empower our team members to combine the latest research and their clinical expertise to help create best practices in healthcare and sport performance. Structure & Function Education was founded with a rebellious spirit and lofty objective: to change the way medicine and sport performance interacts with each other throughout the world, for the betterment of our patients and clients.

Who We Are

Structure & Function Education (SFE) is a world leader in dry needling, rehab and performance education. We exist to create an integrated space for all health care professionals to come together and learn, despite the letters after their name. We are patient-centric. We are and will remain at the forefront of blending current evidence with clinical practice. We believe in the blending of Eastern and Western medicine, honoring and recognizing there are things we don’t know and don’t understand. We believe in putting the person before the job, value a work/ life synergy and appreciate the individual. We expect the job to be done, and when it can’t be done, that the person will ask for help, without judgment.


Company Owner

Sue Falsone

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 to 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.

Director of Research and Education

Brian Hortz

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 professor in the Department of Health, Exercise and Sports Studies Major, as well as, directing the sports medicine program. 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 the 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.