Lutheran Spine Center at Denver West

It’s important to seek help when you have neck or spine pain.

Our Team

A Higher Level of Coordinated Care

Our philosophy of care is based on the strong belief and commitment that we are here to provide care FOR YOU and WITH YOU, because this is ABOUT YOU. We are all passionate about spine care and every member of your care team is dedicated to designing the care plan that’s right for you. All members of your treatment team meet regularly regarding your care, which we recognize as an extremely valuable process in reaching the best outcome.

Ensuring you are informed and involved every step of the way is essential to your care and healing. We pride ourselves on listening to YOU.


Karen Ksiazek, MD

Board Certified Specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Board Certified Specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physiatrist, Dr. Ksiazek, has served as the Clinical Assistant Professor of Physiatry at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and worked as a clinical physiatrist and medical director at several medical campuses and in private practice.

Trained in physiatry, Dr. Ksiazek has a background in mechanical engineering. As such, she has an interest in the role connective tissue injury plays in the functional mechanical linkage and its dysfunction, such as back and neck pain. Trained in the use of lifestyle alteration and medical acupuncture, as well as, other office-based modalities, Dr. Ksiazek takes a functional restorative approach to managing musculoskeletal dysfunction.

Dr. Ksiazek strongly believes in partnering with her patients for the best results, because when patients are involved and prepared to assist, outcomes are optimized.

Nack_H_10Susan Nack, DO

Medical Director

Board Certified Specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 

After graduating from Boulder High in Colorado, Dr. Nack attended the University of Arizona where she double majored in Chemistry and Physiology. She completed a research internship at Steadman Hawkins in Vail, Colorado and went on to receive a Masters Degree in Biomedical Sciences. She earned her Doctoral Degree in Osteopathic Medicine from Nova Southeastern College in Ft Lauderdale, FL.

Dr. Nack completed a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC)/Northwestern University - which has been the number one rated Rehabilitation Hospital in the world for the past 26 years. Dr. Nack then accepted an attending physician position at RIC where she subsequently became an Assistant Professor. Dr. Nack worked over the past 11 years gaining expertise in several areas of rehabilitation medicine including: pain management, spine care, musculoskeletal injuries, and neuro-rehabilitation.

“Being a doctor of Osteopathic Medicine I believe in treating the whole person with a focus on prevention by gaining a deeper understanding of your lifestyle and environment, rather than just treating your symptoms.“

Having loved growing up in Colorado, she and her husband wanted to move back here to raise their three young boys in the great Colorado outdoors.

150x225MelodyFerrisLMCSpineMelody Ferris, PA

As a Physician Assistant, Melody has specialized in Spine Care, Neurosurgery, and Pain Management. She enjoys the challenge of putting the clinical puzzle pieces together, identifying the primary pain source, and then developing a multi-disciplinary patient care plan that focuses on improving function and quality of life.

Melody’s greatest satisfaction comes from partnering with patients in this process, and watching them become empowered as they are able to enhance their lives.




Jaime Davis Leleszi, MSPT, MTC, MT, CSCS

Director of Rehabilitation

Jaime attained a master's degree in Physical Therapy from Regis University in Denver in 2001. Almost immediately after, she attended the Center for Advanced Therapeutics and became a Certified Massage Therapist. She has a strong interest in orthopedic manual therapy and continues extensive training in this specialty. Jaime continues her education, exploring a variety of treatment techniques and principles which she combines to create a comprehensive patient evaluation and treatment plan.

Additionally, Jaime is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, she has completed the Certified Spinal Manipulation Program and is trained in Trigger-Point Dry Needling. She believes this advanced course work enhances her PT knowledge and allows her to treat patients with a holistic approach. In her free time, she enjoys her charming 6 year old son, live music and travel.

150x225MichaelJursinskiEPCOESMichael Jursinski, EP-C, OES

Exercise Specialist

Michael was born in Toledo, Ohio and raised in Pensacola, Florida along with his older sister, Ashley, and younger brother, Jacob. He decided to pursue a degree in Kinesiology from Florida State University after becoming intrigued with physical wellness in high school.

After graduating from college and receiving certification through the American College of Sports Medicine, Michael worked as a Personal Trainer at various locations in Houston before moving to Denver in July 2015 where he found work at a chiropractic office performing corrective exercise. He was brought on as Exercise Specialist at Lutheran Spine Center in late May of 2016, and actively pursues pertinent certifications/continuing education to better help patients of SCL Health.

Michael’s passion for helping people through health and wellness stems from his own personal journey to better-quality fitness. Losing a substantial amount of weight helped him gain a more positive outlook on life in general, and was the catalyst for Michael’s lifelong thirst of helping others achieve this improved physical (and, in turn, mental) wellness. Outside of work Michael enjoys music/concerts, snowboarding, and being active.

150x225SusanGatesPTMPTSusan Gates, PT, MPT

Susan Gates, PT, MPT graduated from Ohio University with her bachelor’s in Biological Sciences in 1996 and her master’s in physical therapy in 1998. While at OU she ran track and cross country as well as being involved in several service organizations. She has practiced in a variety of treatment settings including outpatient orthopedic, sports medicine, neuro rehabilitation, and vestibular and balance settings. She has attended extensive continuing education training on the treatment of spine, SIJ and hip injuries. In addition she has taught some continuing education courses on the treatment of running injuries.

Susan is originally from Ohio, and has lived and worked as a PT in Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky, Utah and now Colorado. Her treatment approach includes combining an individualized hands on approach along with therapeutic exercise and extensive education to allow patients to recover and take control of their conditions in order to return to a more active life style.

When not working, Susan and her husband John enjoy doing anything outdoors including running, skiing, hiking, and scuba diving as well as spending time with their animals.


150x225DebHubbardPTDPTDeb Hubbard, PT, DPT

Originally from Connecticut, Deb graduated from Ithaca College in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy.  Upon graduation, she moved to Denver and has worked in many settings including Acute Care, Neuro Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine, and Occupational Medicine and most recently at the Spine Center.  Continuing her passion for learning, Deb earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in 2010 and her certification in Trigger point Dry Needling.   She has a strong interest in Spinal and Orthopedic Manual therapy, in conjunction with Therapeutic exercise and Functional training.

Her philosophy in treatment is to use evidenced based medicine to improve patient’s quality of life, maintain their physical function and to help people achieve their goals.  She is excited to become proficient in the use of the Multi-Cervical unit, a new piece of equipment to this clinic, which will help with testing and strengthening clients with whiplash and neck pain. 

When not working, you may find Deb bicycling in the foothills to prepare for the MS 150 benefit ride or in the winter, skiing the Bumps at Mary Jane.  She also enjoys reading a good book and curling up with her black lab, Tucker.

150x225SaraLandgravesPTDPTSara Landgraves, PT, DPT

Sara earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in kinesiology in 2007 from Regis University. In 2011, she earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Regis University’s Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions in Denver. Since graduating, Sara has worked primarily in an orthopedic outpatient setting treating all types of musculoskeletal injuries in adults.

Sara continues to have a love of learning. She has taken multiple continuing education classes with a focus on manual techniques and is certified in dry needling. Her goal with physical therapy treatment is to provide quality personalized care with a hands on approach in order to get patients back to enjoying what they like to do.

Growing up, Sara moved every four or five years before landing in Colorado in 2003. She has since planted roots and enjoys taking advantage of Colorado's outdoor activities, the ever growing food scene in Denver, and spending time with her husband and their two English bulldogs.

150x225JenniferLustigPTAJennifer Lustig, PTA

Jennifer is a Colorado native.  She graduated with her B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Northern Colorado in 1997. She went onto get her Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Arapahoe Community College graduating in 2001. She is trained in Pilates Rehab and is also a Certified Lymphedema Therapist. She enjoys treating all orthopedic diagnoses, as well as, Lymphedema. 

Jennifer strongly believes in patient education.  The better informed her patients are to be able to care for themselves, the less living they miss out on.  Educating them on preventative and post care is also important.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, their two daughters and their Golden Doodle, Peyton.  As a family, they enjoy hiking, skiing, and traveling.


Amy Milkavich, Psy. D.

Pain Psychologist

Dr. Amy Milkavich is a licensed psychologist who specializes in treating adults coping with pain. She has worked in a variety of settings with individuals struggling with the many challenges that come with changes in physical abilities. Dr. Milkavich particularly enjoys helping her clients to reconnect with their pre-injury lives and resume the happiest and most fulfilling lives possible. She uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other evidence-based treatments, and believes strongly that we each have the ability to bring about the positive changes that we seek in life. Dr. Milkavich incorporates medical hypnosis into psychotherapy, and finds it a particularly powerful tool as an adjunctive treatment strategy for pain.

She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and is an officer and founding member of the Colorado Society of Clinical Hypnosis. Dr. Milkavich is also trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I). She enjoys using CBT-I with patients and watching as both their sleep and quality of life improve. Dr. Milkavich earned her PsyD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado in 2009, and her MA in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake in 2004. She is a native Texan, but since moving to Colorado in 2005 has loved spending time in the mountains with her family, particularly on skis.

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