Washington Wizards

Address: 601 F St. NW Washington, DC 20004
Arena Name: Capital One Arena
Phone: (202) 628-3200

Michael Ashton

Education: High Point University (B.S.); Hampton University (DPT)
Hometown: White Sulphur Springs, WV
NBATA Member Since: 2018
Michael Ashton is the Director of Player Health and Head Athletic Trainer for the Washington Wizards. Ashton's role encompasses a range of responsibilities, such as implementing emergency response protocols, integrating comprehensive medical care, providing rehabilitation services, and developing injury reduction strategies to safeguard players' physical well-being on and off the court. His responsibilities extend across the entire Monumental Basketball platform, overseeing and providing technical guidance to all athletic trainers within the Wizards, Mystics, and Go-Go teams.

Before his tenure in Washington, D.C., Ashton worked for the Oklahoma City Thunder organization. He served as the head athletic trainer and physical therapist for the Oklahoma City Blue before transitioning to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a dual physical therapy and athletic training role. Before arriving in Oklahoma City, Ashton's professional journey consisted of diverse experiences in various orthopedic and sports settings, including a stint with the US 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 in athletic training from High Point University. In addition, Ashton has many certifications and recognitions. He is a Board-Certified Clinician in Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists, a Registered International Sports Physical Therapist, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, a Performance Enhancement Specialist, and a Corrective Exercise Specialist.

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. Previously, he was the Head Athletic Trainer for the Capital City Go-Go.

Bustamante has served in many roles in the nation’s capital, beginning his tenure as the Seasonal Intern Athletic Trainer with the Washington Wizards during the 2017-18 season. Additionally, 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. In addition, he holds many certifications. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, a Certified Functional Strength Coach, certified in Applied Functional Science and 3DMAPS, and certified in the Functional Movement Screen and Selective Functional Movement Assessment.


Education: Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus (B.S./M.S.); University of St. Augustine (DPT)
Hometown: Washington Heights, N.Y.
NBATA Member Since: 2023
In 2023, Martin Feliz joined the Washington Wizards as an Assistant Athletic Trainer/Physical Therapist. Previously, he was the Assistant Athletic Trainer / Physical Therapist for the Capital City Go-Go, the G-league affiliate of the Washington Wizards.

Before his time under the Washington Wizards umbrella, Feliz had experiences in strength and conditioning and physical therapy. He served as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Fordham University, where he was responsible for designing, implementing, and evaluating sport-specific speed, strength, and conditioning for varsity teams, analyzing student-athlete nutritional habits, and educating student-athletes on healthy dietary choices. Feliz was also responsible for computer data entry of strength, speed, and conditioning test results and athlete nutritional analyses. He has worked as a physical therapist in various outpatient orthopedic and sports medicine clinics.

Feliz obtained a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of St. Augustine University, Miami Campus, and completed a post-doctorate sports residency with Aligned Orthopedics. He has a Master of Science in Exercise Science and a dual Bachelor and Master of Science in Athletic Training from Long Island University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and was awarded the Dean's Award for Academic Excellence in Athletic Training. He attended Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, New York. In addition, Feliz completed St. Augustine's Manual Therapy Certification (MTC), a Certification in Functional Dry Needling (FDNS) through Evidence in Motion (formerly known as Kinetacore), and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

The Washington Heights native is fluent in Spanish. His family is from the Dominican Republic, where Feliz lived for a few years as an adolescent. Outside of work, he enjoys playing basketball, powerlifting, Olympic weightlifting, exercising, and hiking. Martin resides in Arlington, Virginia, with his wife and son.