Physical Therapy Staff Denver - Cherry Creek Wellness Center, Denver West

Susan Gates, PT, MPT

Clinic Manager, Exempla Spine Center at Denver West

Susan graduated with her Master’s of Physical Therapy from Ohio University in 1998. Over the past 20 years she has lived and worked as a physical therapist in six states in a variety of settings from acute care, inpatient rehab, and primarily outpatient orthopedics. Her experience in so many settings has allowed her to learn and incorporate different treatment methods and philosophies from a variety of different surgeons, physicians and fellow physical therapists. The majority of her continuing education has been centered around issues involving the spine, SI joint and pelvis/hips.

Susan believes in using evidenced based practice, utilizing techniques that have been shown through research to be the most effective. In addition, educating patients and involving them in the decision making process for their care is of utmost importance as each patient works toward their personal goals for therapy.


When not at work, Susan can usually be found enjoying the outdoors with her husband and dog, running, biking, skiing or planning the next scuba diving trip.

 

Jaime Davis Leleszi, MSPT, MTC, MT, CSCS

Physical Therapist

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 2 year old son, live music and travel.

Sara Landgrave, PT, DPT, cert. DN

Physical Therapist

Sara earned her Bachelors 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.

Deb Hubbard, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

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, 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.

Jennifer Lustig, PTA, CLT

Physical Therapist Assistant

Jennifer graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Northern Colorado in 1997. She worked as an Exercise Physiologist at Lutheran Hospital in the Outpatient Physical Therapy department for 2 years before returning to school. She received her Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Arapahoe Community College in 2001. She has 17 years of experience in Outpatient orthopedics. She also has been a Certified Lymphedema Therapist for 11 years and currently instructs the Pilates Rehab Classes at Lutheran Spine Center.

Jennifer believes in educating her patients. The better patients are educated the less of their lives they miss out living. Jennifer not only wants to educate patients on their current injury but also on preventative measures for the future. Jennifer also believes in her own education so she is currently working on completing her certification for Comprehensive Pilates Instructor.

As a Colorado native she enjoys spending her free time in the outdoors of Colorado, skiing or hiking with her husband, their two daughters, and their Goldendoodle. They also enjoy traveling either within the United States or out of the country.