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.

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Byron Jones, MD

Board Certified Specialist in Medicine & Rehabilitation
Medical Director, Lutheran Spine Center at Denver West

Dr. Jones is a board certified physiatrist with more than 27 years of experience treating patients with back pain. Dr. Jones is an expert in the care and treatment of back pain, having previously served as co-chair of the Colorado Low Back Collaborative, an organization aimed at improving the care provided by physicians in treating Coloradoans with low back pain. He has developed spine care treatment guidelines for multiple specialty providers including physicians, physical therapists, interventional spine specialists, massage therapists, acupuncturists and chiropractors. Dr. Jones believes in partnering with his patients to develop a treatment plan that works for their lives and their goals.

 


 

 

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Karen Ksiazek, MD

Board Certified Specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Physiatrist, Lutheran Spine Center at Denver West

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.

 


 

 

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Board Certified Specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 

After graduating from Boulder High in Colorado, Dr. Nack attended the University ofArizona where she double majored in Chemistry and Physiology. She completed aresearch 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."

 


  
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Physician Assistant
Lutheran Spine Center

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.

 


 

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Jaime Davis Leleszi, MSPT, MTC, MT, CSCS

Physical Therapist and Director of Rehabilitation
Lutheran Spine Center at Denver West

Jaime attained a master's degree in Physical Therapy from Regis University in Denver. She is also a Certified Massage Therapist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, has completed the Certified Spinal Manipulation Program, and is trained in Trigger-Point Dry Needling.

Jaime believes that a variety of treatment techniques and principles are needed to create a comprehensive patient evaluation and holistic treatment plan for her patients, and she has a passion for rehabilitating those with complex spinal disorders.

Jaime has worked in the Wheat Ridge Area for over ten years. She treasures the relationships she has made with patients and fellow practitioners in the northwest Denver region and she is thrilled to be continuing her practice within the community. In her free time, she enjoys her charming five-year-old son, live music and travel.

 


  

Michael Jursinski, BS

Exercise Specialist
Lutheran Spine Center

Michael grew up in Pensacola, Florida with an older sister, younger brother and a physician mother, so he has always been intrigued by health and medicine. He received his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Florida State University and is currently pursuing certification to become an Exercise Physiologist. Michael is a certified personal trainer and will work with you and your physical therapist to accomplish your fun and fitness goals.

 


  
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Amy Milkavich, Psy. D.

Pain Psychologist
Lutheran Spine Center

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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Richard Velasquez, PM III

Practice Manager
Lutheran Spine Center at Denver West

Richard Velasquez is our Practice Manager. Richard has worked in health care for almost 30 years, and has managed a diverse array of practices. He’ll make sure you have the best possible patient experience when you visit the Spine Center. Richard is a native of Colorado and has recently moved back from the East Coast after many years of successfully managing physician practices for a large healthcare system.

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