Hilliard Discussion 13: The Ultimate Recovery Modality for Performance

The award winning Hilliard Discussions are back in person and offering a hybrid format! 

We are excited to announce that we will have five speakers this year speaking on different approaches to recovery from training (or for the average person, exercise, or a long weekend of work). These will not be your run-of-the-mill recovery techniques. We hope to introduce you to new techniques and/or help you understand how and when they are used. Modalities to be discussed are: dry needling, shockwave therapy, cryotherapy, and cupping. Meet our speakers below.

Hilliard Discussion 13 (HD13) will be held on Thursday, September 21, 2023 from 5-8pm (Central Time) in-person at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center at the George Bush Library Complex on Texas A&M University's campus. Come early and you can meet Miss Reveille! We will also offer a simulcast of the event that you can view live on Zoom. If your institution would like to air the event live, please contact our producer, Ms. Navika Kumar, for details. 


  • 5:00-5:30 Doors Open and come in-person to meet Miss Rev! Zoom waiting room opens
  • 5:30-6:30 Discussion
  • 6:30-7:00 Q&A
  • 7:00-8:00 Meet & Greet with our speakers


Meet our speakers:

Major Evan Carson, DPT

Maj Carson is an active-duty physical therapist in the United States Air Force. He currently serves as the Operational Medical Readiness Flight Commander for the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron (STS), Air Force Special Operations Command. In this role, he oversees a multi-discipline resiliency team responsible for maximizing the health and wellness of 220 air commandos. In his primary duties, Maj Carson provides direct access to physical therapy for elite tactical athletes. Comprehensive sport medicine programs must prioritize prevention, and the ability to recover between periods of stress is paramount. Unfortunately, this concept can be difficult in a dynamic environment. As such, the 23rd STS utilizes an adaptable strategy towards recovery, employing a variety of modalities depending on the situation.

Heather Linden, DPT

Dr. Heather Linden serves as the Senior Director of Physical Therapy for the UFC Performance Institute (UFCPI). She manages both UFCPI sports medicine departments located in Las Vegas, NV and Shanghai, China. Recently, Heather was awarded the “Trainer of the Year” award at the 2022 World MMA Awards.  Prior to joining the UFC, Heather worked at the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee Sports Medicine Division and was on staff for Team USA for the 2012 London Olympic Games, 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, 2015 Parapan Am Games, 2016 Youth Winter Olympic Games, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Dr. Linden has been incorporating extracorporeal shockwave therapy into her practice for the past five years as a non-invasive treatment option for musculoskeletal injuries for the elite athlete.

Saul Luna, ATC

Saul Luna is an Athletic Trainer with 23 years experience.  He is blessed to be a part of his athletes’ journeys towards becoming NCAA Track and Field Champions, NCAA Track and field collegiate record holders, IAAF World Track and Field Gold Medalists and Olympic Track and Field Gold Medalists.  Saul has been a Dry Needling Apprentice since 2006 and has been teaching The Functional Integrated Therapy Institute's Pain Management/Sports Injury Management Dry Needle courses since 2018.

Joyce Terrell, PhD, ATC

Dr. Joyce L. Terrell, a Board Certified Athletic Trainer specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation, her focus, the patient's ability to function at their optimum and return to activity. A seasoned sports clinician of 28 years, Terrell, treats professional to little-leaguers and appreciates the therapeutic utility of cryotherapy for it’s anti-inflammatory, analgesic and recovery properties incorporating it as integral, in the plan of care for her clients. Dr. Terrell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Sports Studies, and Physical Education at Morehouse College and treats patients at her private practice, West End Well Werks Sports Medicine, Physical Therapy, & Nutritional Wellness.  Terrell’s research interest examines the effect scientific-based methods have on nutritional habits of the health of women and children deemed nutritionally at risk secondary to low socio-economic status.

David "Raygan" Suarez, DPT

Raygan is currently a Physical Therapist at Rice University and Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston, TX. He currently provides physical therapy services for all team sports within Rice University Athletics and serves as staff and a mentor in Houston Methodist`s Sports Physical Therapy residency program. Prior to Rice Athletics and Houston Methodist, Raygan completed the inaugural Division 1 Sports Physical Therapy Fellowship at Texas A&M as well as a sports physical therapy residency at Memorial Hermann- Rockets Sports Medicine Institute where he assisted as a physical therapist at Sam Houston State University. Raygan has incorporated cupping as a recovery option for collegiate athletes as they participate in rehab within an integrated sports medicine and performance model.








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