Dr. Aury Nagy, a partner at Nevada Brain and Spine Care, has appointed Kristine Leavitt nurse practitioner for his neurosurgery practice.

December, 2012
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Dr. Aury Nagy Welcomes New Nurse Practitioner to Practice

Kristine Leavitt, FNP-BC Helps Neurosurgery Practice Focus On Patient-Centered Care

Dr. Aury Nagy, a partner at Nevada Brain and Spine Care, has appointed Kristine Leavitt nurse practitioner for his neurosurgery practice. Leavitt is a board certified family nurse practitioner (FNP-BC) and holds a master’s of science in nursing (MSN) degree.

Prior to joining Nagy’s practice, Leavitt served as transplant services program coordinator for University Medical Center of Nevada Brain and Spine Care. She also served as an RN for both St. Rose Dominican Hospital and University Medical Center. She graduated magna cum laude with a master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and received her undergraduate degree from Nevada State College.

Dr. Nagy’s distinction as one of Nevada’s best neurosurgeons, along with his commitment to patient-centered care, were two of the top reasons she wanted to join the practice. “His commitment to his patients is unsurpassed and he has done some amazing work in his field. His work with Deep Brain Stimulation for patients with Parkinson’s disease has changed many lives,” she said.

“Dr. Nagy is 100 percent committed to his patients and I have the privilege of working side by side with him every day,” said Leavitt. I have worked with several physicians and found Dr. Nagy to be more committed to his patients than any other doctor I have met, even when the patients don’t know all of the research and time he spends on their care when he is not with them. He does everything he can to provide the best care possible and I wouldn’t want to work with anyone else.”

Dr. Nagy has three offices across Nevada Brain and Spine Care, making it easy to schedule appointments. New patients can schedule a consultation at the Henderson, Southwest or Northwest office by calling 702-737-7753.

Among the symptoms Dr. Nagy and Leavitt can review and plan treatments for are:

  • Neck or back pain
  • Numbness in arms, hands or legs
  • Brain lesions/tumors
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Occipital neuralgia
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Hyperhidrosis (sweaty palms)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Pituitary tumors
  • AV Malformations

“We don’t require you to be referred by another doctor to schedule a consultation, so if you are experiencing any of these things and either haven’t been treated or haven’t found relief we encourage you to call the office and schedule an appointment to see if we can help,” said Leavitt.

Leavitt and Nagy work as a cohesive team, ensuring that each patient has personalized service throughout their continuum of care. “Each individual patient meets with both Dr. Nagy and myself to ensure that we are working together to make decisions for patient care,” said Leavitt. “In addition to the doctor and nurse practitioner, our patients will have a new patient or established patient coordinator, surgery coordinator and patient satisfaction coordinator. We want each patient to receive the best possible outcome for their pain or injury, whether that is surgery or another form of treatment. Our philosophy is that conservative measures to treat an ailment should be exhausted prior to surgery…because surgery itself has its own inherent risks and many people get better without surgery.”

Patients of Dr. Nagy’s will get to know this smart and caring nurse practitioner starting with their initial consultation in the office. “I also work with patients at their pre-op appointments and handle patient education before surgeries and after surgery appointments,” she said. Leavitt said she chose neurosurgery following her nursing studies because it holds a special place in her heart.

“Many years ago, my father was in a car accident and sustained a severe head injury,” she said. “A neurosurgeon saved his life. So when I started my nursing career, I found myself drawn to caring for neurosurgery patients and their families. It has always held a special place for me.”


Dr. Aury Nagy is a board certified neurosurgeon with offices in Henderson, Southwest Las Vegas, Northwest Las Vegas and Bullhead City. In addition to his neurosurgery practice, he serves as Spine Committee Chair and Neurosurgery Section Chief for Spring Valley Hospital as well as an adjunct clinical faculty member for Touro University. He is also a product development consultant and Speakers Bureau clinical lecturer and educator for Integra Neurosciences.

Dr. Nagy is a frequent author on the subject of back pain and has participated in several research programs about spine and brain injuries. He was the first neurosurgeon in Nevada to place an artificial cervical disc in a patient and his deep brain stimulation procedures for Parkinson’s patients are well-regarded.

To schedule an appointment, call 702-737-7753

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