Detroit Pistons

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

Sebastien Poirier

Senior Medical Director / Head Athletic Trainer
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.

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.

Alex Garland

Director of Athletic Training
Education: Central Michigan University (BS)
Hometown: Sterling Heights, MI
NBATA Member Since: 2023
Prior to transitioning into the director of athletic training role for the Detroit Pistons, Alex served as the embedded athletic trainer with the Pistons through their healthcare partner Henry Ford Health. Alex previously worked 2 seasons of high school outreach while assisting with coverage for Detroit City FC and Saint Clair Shores Fighting Saints pro teams. Alex is from Sterling Heights Michigan and currently lives in Madison Heights Michigan with his wife Marissa and their dog.

Partson Chinyadza

Assistant Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapist
Education: Purdue University (BS); University of Indianapolis (DPT)
NBATA Member Since: 2023
Partson Chinyadza joined the Detroit Pistons organization in 2023 as an Assistant Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapist for the team. Previously he spent 6 seasons as the Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapist for the Detroit Lions Football organization. Partson graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Athletic training in 2014. He then earned his Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis in 2017.

Prior to the Pistons and Lions, Partson spent time as an athletic training intern for Denver Broncos in 2012 and 2013. He also worked in Olympic Sports with USA Gymnastics and USA Diving. He currently lives in the city of Detroit.