Navin Hettiarachchi currently works as the Director of Health, Wellness and Performance for the Washington Wizards. He has been with the team for the past 17 years where he continues to treat players with diverse levels of health challenges and complications. He is widely considered the one-stop go to expert for health, wellness and performance. He designs and implements year-round strength, conditioning and injury preventative programs to optimize the overall athletic performance of the Wizards players. He has treated many professional athletes from various sports (NFL, NHL, Olympians, U.S. Women’s Soccer, and Paralympians) and many celebrities and musicians from Hollywood have sought Navin for his care. Navin has also been featured in Men’s Health, Washington Post, Washington Times, Geo News, NBA Philippines, NBA Japan, and various prominent social media outlets.
Navin’s passion is to help people live healthy (pain-free, injury-free, and illness-free) and happy so they could live their BEST LIFE! His treatment philosophy starts with taking care of the fundamentals “main rocks” (10%) that eliminate 90% of health issues to have the best health and performance both on and off the court.
Navin is the founder of the REDT method that integrates his unique expertise in multiple healthcare disciplines (eight different expertise areas) – osteopathic, functional medicine, chiropractic, physical therapy, Trigger Point needling/acupuncture, athletic training, PRI, strength and conditioning, and cupping – complemented with the latest evidence-based practices in science and technology. He travelled across the country and to Australia, Belgium, England, Malaysia, India, Ireland, and Thailand to learn from the pioneers and experts in these healthcare disciplines.
He gets the most effective and fastest results for his clients using his REDT method to create customized and innovative approaches to address each client’s unique healthcare needs. His typical treatment plans address the four fundamental pillars to health and wellness – Movement, Sleep/Recovery, Nutrition, and Mindfulness – to treat the “whole” body for faster, effective, and sustainable results!
Prior to working with the Washington Wizards, Navin served nine seasons as the Washington Mystics (WNBA) Head Athletic Trainer and Head Strength and Conditioning Coach. His responsibilities included all aspects of medical care/sports medicine, rehabilitation, and sports performance for the team. Additionally, from 2001-2003, he worked with the Washington Redskins (NFL) during their mini-camps, pre-season training, and home games. Navin also served as the Head Athletic Trainer for the STAR clinic in Washington DC from 2000-2012. These opportunities allowed him to treat a more diverse patient population (from age, fitness level, and backgrounds) with a variety of injuries.
Navin earned his B.S in Sports Medicine from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a Master’s degree in Sports Medicine from The United States Sports Academy. He learned and trained under world renowned physical therapists, chiropractors, and osteopaths and has earned multiple certifications in the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries, including Advanced Sports Rehabilitation (CASR) and Certification Spinal Manual Therapy (CSM). He also holds a Master Certification in Manual Therapy (MCMT) and a graduate diploma in Manipulative Therapy (Dip MT). Hettiarachchi is a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES), a Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES), and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He is the first Postural Restoration Institute (PRI) Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) Athletic Trainer in Washington DC and the NBA.
Navin was born in Sri Lanka and currently lives in Washington, D.C. with his fiancée. He loves playing different sports and can often be found doing CrossFit, playing soccer, flag football, basketball, cricket, and touch rugby.