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.


Susan Hillary Nack, DO

Board-Certified Specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 

Susan Nack, DO, has extensive experience 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.

145x200BrianAltmanLMCSpineBrian Altman, MD

Board-Certified Specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Brian Altman, MD, has expertise in neuromusculoskeletal medicine and ultrasonography for both musculoskeletal diagnostic evaluations and therapeutic injections.

In addition, Brian is both personally and professionally passionate about nutrition, medicine and fitness.

145x200KarenKsaizekLMCSpineKaren Ksiazek, MD

Board-Certified Specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 

Trained in physiatry, Karen Ksiazek, MD, also 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, Karen takes a functional restorative approach to managing musculoskeletal dysfunction.

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

145x200MelodyFerrisLMCSpineMelody Noe, PA
Physician Assistant

As a Physician Assistant, Melody Noe 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.

145x200StrzelinskiMMelissa Strezelinski, PT, PhD
Lead Physical Therapist

Melissa Strzelinski, PT, PhD, brings over 11 years of clinical experience in orthopedics, sports and dance medicine to the Lutheran Spine Center. She worked alongside world renowned surgeons at the Steadman Clinic and with Howard Head Sports Medicine.

In addition to her role at the Lutheran Spine Center, Melissa serves as a part-time staff physical therapist to the Colorado Ballet.

She enjoys cooking, traveling, yoga, and maintaining an active lifestyle - hiking, skiing, snow shoeing, paddle boarding and exploring all Colorado has to offer.

145X200 DHubbardDeb Hubbard, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist

Deb Hubbard, PT, DPT has worked in many settings including acute care, neuro rehabilitation, sports medicine and occupational medicine. She has a strong interest in spinal and orthopedic manual therapy combined with therapeutic exercise and functional training. She is certified in trigger point dry needling and works with the multi-cervical unit, a piece of equipment which will help with testing and strengthening clients with whiplash and neck pain. 

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. 

When not working, you may find Deb bicycling in the foothills or skiing at Mary Jane.  She also enjoys reading a good book and curling up with her black lab, Tucker.

145x200SaraLandgravesPTDPTSara Landgrave, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist

Sara Landgrave, PT, DPT, has expertise in treating all types of musculoskeletal injuries in adults, with a focus on manual techniques. She is also 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.

Sara 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.

Jessica Lane 200x140Jessica Lane, PT
Physical Therapist

Jessica Lane, PT, works with conditions ranging from work comp injuries, post op recovery and chronic back pain. Her treatment approach utilizes evidence-based practices which include manual therapy, functional dry needling and exercise to provide the best possible outcomes for her patients. 

Jessica is certified in treating Lymphedema and in functional dry needling.

In her free time, Jessica enjoys photography, training for marathons and spending time with her family and golden retriever, Mollie



Matt Pokorny, DPT
Physical Therapist

Matt Pokorny, DPT, has over 20 years of experience in the field of orthopedics, sports medicine and spine care.  Matt has focused his skills in manual therapy, sport-specific rehab, orthopaedic care and individualizing home programs to meet the special needs of each client.  

Matt enjoys the collaborative approach, working closely with the doctors, psychotherapists and other PTs to help patients reach their highest potential in work, daily activities, sports, and recreation.

He is certified in functional dry needling, is a Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist and is trained in the Graston Technique.  His areas of interest include manual therapy, spine care, and post-operative rehabilitation of the shoulder, hip and knee.

145x200PaulBaileyPaul Bailey
Physical Therapist

Paul Bailey, PT, has experience in outpatient physical therapy and in treating a multitude of orthopedic conditions. He has specific experience in post op rehab for the lumbar and cervical spine.

His treatment approach utilizes evidence-based practices which include manual therapy, functional dry needling and exercise in order to create a therapeutic alliance and enable patients to be their best selves.

When Paul isn't working, you can find him golfing, playing tennis, climbing, and being with his wife and 2 children.

145x200JenniferLustigLMCSpineJennifer Lustig, PTA
Physical Therapy Assistant

Jennifer Lustig, PTA, is trained in pilates rehab and is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist.

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 hiking, skiing, traveling and spending time with her husband, their two daughters and their Golden Doodle, Peyton. 

Kidder_EElizabeth Kidder
Exercise Physiologist

Elizabeth Kidder has clinical experience in outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation with specialty certifications in pilates, yoga, SilverSneakers and corrective exercise programming. She uses her background in nutrition to complement her foundation in exercise.

In her spare time, Elizabeth can be found on mountain bike adventures, paddle boarding in mountain lakes or on the ski slope.

145x200AmyMilkavichLMCSpineAmy Milkavich, Psy. D.
Licensed Psychologist
ASCH Certified in Clinical Hypnosis

Amy Milkavich, Psy., D, is a licensed psychologist who specializes in treating adults coping with pain. She works with individuals struggling with the many challenges that come with changes in physical abilities.

Amy particularly enjoys helping her clients to reconnect with their pre-injury lives and resume the happiest and most fulfilling lives possible.

She uses evidence-based treatments like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and believes strongly that we each have the ability to bring about the positive changes that we seek in life. Amy incorporates medical hypnosis into psychotherapy, and finds it a particularly powerful tool as an adjunctive treatment strategy for pain.

Since moving to Colorado in 2005, Amy has loved spending time in the mountains with her family, particularly on skis.

Ahlers_E005Elizabeth Ahlers, Psy. D.
Licensed Psychologist
Elizabeth Ahlers, Psy. D, is a licensed psychologist who treats adults with chronic health concerns, and specializes in the treatment of adults coping with pain. 

She uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and other evidence-based treatments. 

She assists individuals with health conditions to live a healthier and more meaningful life by helping them connect with their passions and values.

Dawn Powell-LondonoDawn Powell-Londono, L.Ac

Dawn Powell-Londono, L.Ac, is experienced in treating acute and chronic pain, sports injuries, headaches, women's issues, stress and overall wellness. Dawn also works with neurological conditions which can respond well to acupuncture. These conditions include dizziness, vertigo, movement disorders and pain syndromes involving the nerves.

Dawn is nationally certified in acupuncture, Chinese herbology and is a registered acupuncturist. She is certified in oncology acupuncture and has a true passion for helping patients through the oncology journey.

Dawn enjoys time with her husband and dog, mountain biking and kiteboarding.

140x175AileenSandersAileen Sanders, MHA, MBA
Operations Manager

Aileen Sanders has over 20 years of experience in health administration and health management. She excels most in the areas of management, finance and clinical operations.

In her current role, she manages and coordinates the day-to-day operations of the center and works closely with the physicians and staff to continue to develop the Spine Center program.

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, running, reading, sewing and spending time with her husband and two daughters.

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