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Washington Wizards

Address: 601 F St. NW Washington, DC 20004
Arena Name: Verizon Center
Phone: (202) 628-3200
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Michael Ashton

Director of Player Health
Education: High Point University (B.S.); Hampton University (DPT)
Hometown: White Sulphur Springs, WV
NBATA Member Since: 2018
In 2020, Michael Ashton joined the Washington Wizards as the Director of Player Health. As a dual-credentialed clinician in physical therapy and athletic training, Ashton provides integrative rehabilitation services, implement injury reduction strategies, and serve as the Head Athletic Trainer.

From 2016-2020, Ashton worked for the Oklahoma City Thunder organization as a physical therapist and athletic trainer, serving in a dual role for the Oklahoma City Blue before joining the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2018. Before arriving in Oklahoma City, he served as a physical therapist in various orthopedic and sports settings, including a stint with the Department of Defense.

Ashton obtained a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Hampton University and completed a post-doctorate residency and fellowship in manual therapy with the Ola Grimsby Institute. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training from High Point University. Additionally, he is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Board-Certified Clinician in Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists, Registered International Sports Physical Therapist, and a Corrective Exercise Specialist.
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Chalisa Fonza

Assistant Athletic Trainer
Education: Western Illinois University (B.S.); Ohio State University (M.A.)
Hometown: Quincy, IL
NBATA Member Since: 2019
Chalisa Fonza, who gained almost two decades of experience at both the professional and collegiate levels, enters her second year as an Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Washington Wizards and fourth year as Head Athletic Trainer for the 2019 National Champion Washington Mystics.

A 1995 graduate of The Ohio State University’s Master of Arts Physical Education Pedagogy degree program, Fonza spent 18 years as the head athletic trainer for the Ohio State women’s basketball team. She managed individualized treatment and conditioning programs for each player on a year-round basis. Additionally, Fonza served as the medical liaison between student-athletes and an all-inclusive sports medicine staff, consisting of a team physician, internists, surgeons, dentists, ophthalmologists, and a sports psychologist. She also provided classroom instruction, teaching in the athletic training curriculum program.

Prior to Ohio State, Fonza was an assistant athletic trainer at Oklahoma State University covering football, men’s and women’s basketball, and golf. She also supervised the student-training staff.
Fonza enjoyed similar duties at Cleveland State in 1999, in addition to organizing trainers for the NCAA Volleyball and Wrestling Championships. Her career also includes a stint with the WNBA Cleveland Rockers during their 1997 inaugural season.

A native of Quincy, Ill., Fonza earned her bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois in 1992. She is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.
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Carlos Bustamante

Assistant Athletic Trainer
Education: University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.S); Georgia State University (M.S.)
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
NBATA Member Since: 2020
In 2020, Carlos Bustamante joined the Washington Wizards as an Assistant Athletic Trainer. He most recently served as the head athletic trainer for the Capital City Go-Go.

Bustamante has served in many roles during his time in the nation’s capital, beginning his tenure as the Seasonal Intern Athletic Trainer with the Washington Wizards during the 2017-18 season. Bustamante has served as the head athletic trainer for the Wizards’ Summer League team and was a member of the training staff for the NBA G League representative team that participated in the NBA G League International Challenge (comprised of teams from around the world) in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Bustamante received his Bachelor of Science in athletic training from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014 and a Master of Science, Sports Medicine from Georgia State University in 2017. Bustamante received his master’s education from Georgia State while spending time with the Georgia Tech Softball team and football team as part of the Georgia State-Georgia Tech joint program. During his undergrad years at Wisconsin, Bustamante assisted the football, basketball, and cross-country teams as a Student Athletic Trainer.

Bustamante holds certifications as an Athletic Trainer (ATC), American Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Healthcare Providers, a Certified Functional Strength Coach Level 1 (CFSC), Selective Functional Movement Assessment Level 1 (SFMA), Spinal Manipulation Therapy Level 1 (SMT), and Foundations in Dry Needling for Orthopedic Rehab and Sports Performance (SFDN 1).