Detroit Pistons

Address: 6201 Second Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
Arena Name: Little Caesars Arena
Phone: (313) 462-8200

Sebastien Poirier

Senior Medical Director
Education: Salem State University (B.S., A.T.C.); UMass Lowell (D.P.T.)
Hometown: Newton, MA
NBATA Member Since: 2016
Sebastien Poirier began serving as Senior Medical Director of the Detroit Pistons in 2022 after having spent the previous 6 years with the Brooklyn Nets. He graduated from Salem State University in 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Athletic Training. He then earned his Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2012.

Poirier began his basketball career in 2013 with the Oklahoma City Thunder organization where he worked as an Assistant Athletic Trainer with the Thunder and as Head Athletic Trainer of their G-League affiliate, the Oklahoma City Blue. Poirier then spent the next 6 years with the Brooklyn Nets as the Assistant Athletic Trainer from 2016-2018 and as Head Athletic Trainer from 2018-2022.

In addition to being a licensed physical therapist and athletic trainer, Poirier is also a board Certified Specialist in Orthopedics and is pursuing a fellowship in manual therapy. Poirier currently resides in Ferndale Michigan with his wife Christina and their 2 cats, Neon and Beau.

Rachel Cutts

Head Athletic Trainer/Performance Physical Therapist and Dietitian
Education: University of Central Missouri (BS); Texas A&M (MS); George Mason University (MS); University of North Texas Health Science Center (DPT)
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
NBATA Member Since: 2022
In 2022, Rachel Cutts began her first season as Head Athletic Trainer/Performance Physical Therapist and Dietitian for the Pistons. In her role, she assists in managing players' medical and physical therapy care, and implementing injury prevention and nutrition strategies to optimize players' health and performance.

Cutts previously spent three seasons in various capacities with the Thunder organization including Head Athletic Trainer for the OKC Blue and Physical Therapist/Athletic Trainer for the OKC Thunder. Prior to pursuing a career in professional sports, she immersed herself in a post-doctorate orthopedic residency program to become a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) and further developed her expertise while working as a traveling therapist in diverse orthopedic and sports settings throughout the country. In addition, she is a Registered Dietitian (RD), Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist (SCS), Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapist (FAAOMPT), Certified United States Weightlifting coach (USAW), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and Certified Manual Trigger Point Therapist (CMTPT/DN).

The St. Louis, MO native was a student-athlete at the University of Central Missouri. While being a member of the women’s basketball team, Cutts earned her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and then went on to earn a dual master’s degree in Nutrition & Kinesiology from Texas A&M, a master’s degree in Athletic Training from George Mason University and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of North Texas Health Science Center. In her spare time, she enjoys staying active and spending time with her five nephews Kaara, Cristian, Asa, Calum, and Ezra.

Brianna Jefferson

Assistant Athletic Trainer
Education: Auburn University (B.S.); Florida International University (M.S.)
Hometown: Fairfield, Alabama
NBATA Member Since: 2021
Brianna Jefferson joined the Detroit Pistons in 2021 as an Assistant Athletic Trainer. Brianna began her NBA career as a seasonal Athletic Trainer intern for the New York Knicks under Roger Hinds, Anthony Goenaga, and Erwin Valencia in 2018. After successful completion of her intern, Brianna served as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Detroit Pistons affiliate G-league team Grand Rapids Drive in 2019, and she served as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Golden State Warrior’s affiliate G-league team the Santa Cruz Warriors in 2021. Prior to joining the G-league and NBA, Brianna was working for Champion Sports Medicine under Mayfield Armstrong and Kevin Wilkes.

Brianna received her bachelor’s degree in Physical Activity and Health from Auburn University, and her Master’s Degree in Athletic Training from Florida International University. While attending Auburn University and Florida International University, Brianna worked with various sports including football, basketball, volleyball, and soccer where she gained experience in injury preventative care, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries.

Brianna is dedicated to the well-being of others and served 8 years in the United States Army where she was able to administer first aid treatment, life support services, and treatment procedures including immobilization and airway management for her fellow battle buddies. During the off season, Brianna also assists Pace Academy and FEDEX in Georgia with injury prevention and rehabilitation. Brianna’s goal is to educate adults and children on how to recognize and prevent serious injuries/ illnesses. She also provides free medical care to individuals living in underserved communities alongside Dr. Kellie Middleton from Northside Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.

Brianna is also a proud member of Mt. Canaan Full Gospel Church in Birmingham, Al. She is also a mentor and youth leader for Christian student athletes.

Brianna is the daughter of Barry and Sandy Jefferson. She has two sisters name Brittney and Brenayia Jefferson, and one brother name Barry Jefferson Jr. who all work in the movie industry for Netflix and BET. Brianna is also the proud auntie of Briniyah, Bri’Arie, and Jordan Jefferson.

Harrison Herman

Rehabilitation Coordinator / Assistant Athletic Trainer
Education: Long Island University: Brooklyn Campus (BS, MS); University of Delaware (BS, MS, DPT)
Hometown: New City, NY
NBATA Member Since: 2020
Harrison Herman is the Rehabilitation Coordinator and Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Detroit Pistons, having joined the organization in 2021. Prior to joining the Pistons, he worked as Physical Therapist and Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Brooklyn Nets for 1 season.

Harrison has had a wide variety of experiences working in outpatient rehabilitation clinics, including the Hospital for Special Surgery’s Sports Rehabilitation and Performance Center as well as in an intern role with professional and collegiate sports teams, including the Brooklyn Nets, Indiana Pacers, and Columbia University.

Harrison earned his Bachelor of Science in Exercises Science with a concentration in Exercise Physiology, his Master of Science in Anatomy and Clinical Health Science, and his Doctor of Physical Therapy at the University of Delaware. He earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Athletic Training from Long Island University: Brooklyn Campus.

He is a dual-certified physical therapist and athletic trainer in addition to being a board-certified specialist in orthopaedic and sports physical therapy through the ABPTS and a certified strength and conditioning specialist by the NSCA.

Harrison resides in Detroit, Michigan.