Spine Surgery Team

Toreen Ovind

Toreen Ovind is a 21-year veteran of the medical field and is proud to be working for one of Denver’s top spine doctors. She has worked with Dr. Jatana since 2000, handling patient communication, authorizing orthopedic spine surgeries and ensuring that patients have all the information they need during and after their appointments. Toreen has also served as a radiologic technologist in Littleton, Colorado and Minot, North Dakota. Toreen understands that patients are often apprehensive when they find themselves in a situation they never expected. She enjoys being part of a team that has the best interests of patients at heart, and goes above and beyond to deliver a positive experience to patients. Toreen earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a minor in business administration from Minot State University, and studied radiologic technology at the Minot School for Allied Health.

Brooke DiStefano, PA-C

Brooke DiStefano joined Dr. Jatana’s staff in September 2012, after serving as a physician assistant in a private interventional radiology clinic in Pasadena, Texas. In addition to performing detailed spine histories and exams, Brooke also assists with orthopedic spine surgery and manages post-operative patients. She says that the best part about working with an orthopedic specialist is educating patients about their upcoming treatment and helping them gain a better understanding of what lies ahead. Because every case is unique, Brooke is also constantly learning and expanding her knowledge of the orthopedic spine field. She graduated from the Master of Science Physician Assistant Program at the Baylor College of Medicine and earned a bachelor’s degree in human nutrition and dietetics from Colorado State University.

Professional Affiliations and Certifications

  • American Academy of Physician Assistants
  • Rotation preceptor for physician assistant students at Baylor College of Medicine
  • Colorado State Physician Assistant License
  • ACLS Provider—American Heart Association
  • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
  • Controlled Substance Registration Certificate DEA

Heather Duncan, PA-C

Heather joined Denver Spine Surgeons at the beginning of January, 2020. She assists Dr. Jatana in the operating room, as well as in the clinic setting.

Heather completed her education in the state of Nebraska, where she was also a member of the Division I Women’s Soccer Program. Prior to working at Denver Spine Surgeons, she practiced in orthopedic spine surgery in Omaha, NE, hand and upper extremity in Kearney, NE, as well as in dermatology in Grand Island, NE. In 2016, Heather moved to Denver, CO and returned to her roots in orthopedic spine surgery. Building positive relationships and developing a constant support system for patients and their families makes working as a healthcare provider wonderfully rewarding for Heather. She strives to always provide the best care possible, listen to her patients, advising and supporting them with any decision they choose, just as she would want for someone in her

family.

Outside of work, Heather enjoys spending time with her friends and family, being in the outdoors: hiking, running, biking and skiing, as well as attending music festivals and traveling.

Education

Creighton University, Omaha, NE
Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science
Magna Cum Laude

University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Medicine, Omaha, NE
Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)
Certificate of Academic Excellence

Certifications

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Physician Assistants
North American Spine Society

Spine related pain can leave patients feeling overwhelmed and confused. An orthopedic specialist can evaluate your pain and offer treatment options to provide relief.  Dr. Jatana and his staff are specially trained to diagnose spine conditions and are here to listen and find solutions. We invite you review the credentials of Dr. Jatana’s team and learn how they help patients prepare for and recover from orthopedic spine surgery. 

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