8300 West 38th Avenue, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033      303-425-4500
Lutheran Medical Center
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Meet Our Team

Providing you the right team of spine care experts to treat you needs.

We understand that you seek the most experienced and specialty trained spine care providers available. That is why we have assembled some of the best spine care experts in their respective fields. We invite you to get to know our team of experts.

Byron Jones, MD
Medical Director Exempla Spine Care at Denver West
Dr. Jones is a board certified physiatrist with more than 25 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 back care treatment guidelines for multiple specialty providers including physicians, physical therapists, and chiropractors. Dr. Jones believes in partnering with his patients to develop a treatment plan that works for their life and their goals.
Karen Ksiazek, MD
Board Certified Specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Physiatrist for Exempla Spine Care Center
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 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.
Jaime Davis Leleszi, MSPT, MTC, MT, CSCS
Director of Rehabilitation, Exempla 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 a passion for rehabilitating patients with complex spinal disorders.
Jaime has worked in the Wheat Ridge Area for ten years now. She treasures the relationships she has made with patients and fellow practitioners in the North West Denver region and she is thrilled to be continuing her practice within the community.
In her free time, she enjoys her charming 2 year old son, live music and travel.
Amy Milkavich, PhD
Spine Center Psychologist, Exempla Spine Care at Denver West
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 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.
Richard Velasquez
Practice Manager, Exempla Spine Care at Denver West
Richard Velasquez is our Practice Manager at Exempla Spine Care at Denver West. Richard will make sure you have the best possible patient experience when you visit our 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. 
Monica Jarrell, NP-C, DNP
Spine Care Nurse Practitioner, Lutheran Medical Center
Monica Jarrell, NP-C, DNP is an orthopedic certified nurse practitioner of the Ortho/Spine Unit at Lutheran Medical Center.  Dr. Jarrell’s job is to make sure that you receive exceptional care while you are in the hospital should you need back surgery. Monica rounds on our spine surgery patients daily to ensure they are progressing as expected. She has 17 years of experience as a nurse practitioner and eight years of experience in providing care of orthopedic/spine patients in the clinic, pre-surgical and hospital setting. Dr. Jarrell holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Oklahoma and Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. 

Participating Spine Surgeons

B. Andrew Castro, M.D.
Cornerstone Orthopedics
3550 Lutheran Parkway West, Suite 201
Building/Entrance 10
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
(303) 456-6000
Roderick Lamond, M.D.
Exempla Denver Neurologic & Spine Associates
3455 Lutheran Pkwy #280
Wheat Ridge CO 80033
Jeffrey J. Sabin, M.D.
Precision Orthopedics, P.C.
255 Union Boulevard, Suite 360
Lakewood, CO USA 80228
(303) 963-4300
Mark Watts, M.D.
Exempla Denver Neurologic & Spine Associates
3455 Lutheran Pkwy #280
Wheat Ridge CO 80033
Find a Physician

Exempla Spine Care at Denver West
1687 Cole Boulevard, Suite 150
Lakewood, CO 80401

Ph. 303-403-6688
Fax. 303-403-6245

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