Preceptors

140x175JodyAdamsResidency Program Director
Jody Adams, Pharm.D., BCPS

After completing my undergraduate degree in biology and psychology at the University of Denver, I went on to be a high school science teacher. Although I loved the content and interacting with students, I decided to apply to pharmacy school based off the recommendation of a close family member who was passionate about his role as a pharmacist. I attended the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and graduated in 2010. After graduation, I completed a PGY1 residency at Lutheran Medical Center and a PGY2 residency in ambulatory care at Kaiser Permanente Colorado. I was then hired at Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver as the Kaiser Permanente Inpatient Clinical Pharmacy Specialist where I spent the majority of my time providing medication therapy management to seniors coming through the emergency room (ER) and rounding on patients residing on the internal medicine floor. In April 2014, I decided to come back to LMC where I’m fortunate to be part of an amazing pharmacy and medical team and ensuring the best possible care to patients on the internal medicine floor and also in the ER. In 2016, I took on the role of the Acute Care Team Lead and in 2019 I transitioned into the exciting role of the Residency Program Director.

When I’m not at LMC, I’m either out trail running, road/mountain biking, skiing and of course spending time with my wonderful husband, dog, family and friends.

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Jason Cardona, Pharm.D., Director of Pharmacy

 

 

 

140x175StacyVolkInfectious Disease
Stacy Volk, Pharm.D., BCIDP, BCPS

I was born and raised in the Bluegrass (Louisville, KY) and completed my bachelor’s degree at the University of Kentucky in Lexington in 1999. After graduation, I moved to Grand Lake, Colorado to explore and experience something new (aka - work at a ski area and snowboard). I moved to Denver in 2001 and eventually completed my Pharm.D. at the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy. After graduation, I moved back to Kentucky and completed a PGY1 residency at the University of Louisville, where I also stayed and worked for two more years, primarily in the surgical ICU and emergency department. Then one more move, back to Denver and Lutheran Medical Center, where I’ve worked for ten years.

I currently spend most of my time working to encourage appropriate use of antimicrobial agents at LMC in collaboration with the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program. Although led by pharmacy, I believe the ASP is a great example of a multidisciplinary effort that promotes improved patient outcomes and protects the community from complications associated with medication overuse. Antimicrobials are the one class of drugs where use in one patient could affect the treatment success in another. I also have the opportunity to precept P4s from the CU School of Pharmacy, as well as, serve as the primary preceptor of the Infectious Diseases rotation for our PGY1 residency program.

I love working at LMC, but when I’m not here, my husband and I are usually playing with (chasing) my son around the neighborhood. I like to play guitar and listen to all kinds of music, especially if it's good and live. I grew up loving, playing, and watching sports, so I keep a trunkful of gear ready to go at all times. My husband and I love Colorado and enjoy hanging out with friends and spending time in Grand County, our home away from home.

140x175MikeKaiserEmergency Medicine
Michael Kaiser, Pharm.D.

I practiced as a chemistry teacher prior to entering pharmacy and completed my Pharm.D. at the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy. I began working at Lutheran Medical Center soon after completion. I practice in the Emergency Department for my career and I enjoy the fast paced environment.

When I am not working, I enjoy biking, working on projects around the house and spending time with my wife.

140x175MarkBishardCardiology
Mark Bishard, Pharm.D., BCPS

I was born and raised in Colorado, not far from the Lutheran Medical Center. In my youth I was able to enjoy all of the great Colorado outdoor activities including skiing, hiking, and camping. Also as a youth, I remember visiting family and friends that were treated at Lutheran Medical Center, where I gained an appreciation of the friendly staff and quality care that was delivered here. I attended the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy while the school was still located in Boulder. At this time, the school was in process of moving to the Denver Health Sciences Center with University Hospital. I spent my last year of pharmacy school in Denver, graduating in 1991. I later went back to the CU Pharmacy School to obtain my Pharm.D. in 2005. I also became BCPS certified in 2008.

When I was a new graduate of pharmacy school in 1991, I worked at hospital, which was a tertiary medical teaching facility. While working there, I was fortunate enough to be exposed to many special clinical situations not otherwise available to staffing pharmacists. I was able to gain exposure to rare diseases affecting the kidney, heart, liver, and bone marrow. I learned about treatment specialties of BMT, limb-preservation, plastics/orthopedics and hyperbaric medicine. I was also able to round with the medical interns/residents, gaining valuable experience in critical care, cardiology, oncology, psychiatry, and operating-room processes. In 2000 I accepted an offer from Lutheran Medical Center to continue my practice on the Coronary Critical Care-telemetry team, where I still remain. Working in the ICU with heart surgeon and cardiologists, I have been able to expand my understanding of heart related conditions, which has helped my good working understanding of various ways of treating cardiology related diseases conditions. Today I function as the cardiology preceptor for LMC’s pharmacist residency and instruct the cardiology portion of LMC’s Pharmacy Technician Academy. Together, with other members of the pharmacy staff on the Tele unit, I monitor patients admitted with cardiology related conditions to insure proper medication therapies, and participate in CHF rounds regularly. I also function as a liaison to the heart-center/cath-lab and code-blue committee.

In my free time, I still enjoy spending time in the great Colorado outdoors hiking and riding my bike. I recently started beekeeping as a hobby.

140x175MarkAlbianiCritical Care
Mark Albiani, Pharm.D., BCPS

I attended pharmacy school at the University of Illinois at Chicago. After graduation in 1989, I completed a one year Hospital Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. My first official job was at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, IA. I practiced as a clinical pharmacist on a busy Med/Surg unit, and also gained valuable experience in other practice areas including oncology, burn, and transplant.

After nearly three years in Iowa, I was offered a job in Arizona as Clinical Coordinator at Mesa Lutheran Hospital. After a few short months of paperwork and politics, I realized that my true love was patient care. This led me to exploring my options in Colorado where I discovered Lutheran Hospital and have been here ever since (over 27 years now). Over the years, my focus shifted to Critical Care and for many years I practiced exclusively in the ICU. I participated in multiple committees and coordinating student rotations.

The best part of my day is participating in patient care rounds every morning. I work closely with Physicians, RNs, Dieticians, and other health care professionals to ensure appropriate medical care.

Currently I am working in other areas of the pharmacy but still call ICU home. I have taken on the role of Residency Preceptor for the ICU rotation, and continue to be involved with 4th year student rotations. After 30 years of being a pharmacist, I still enjoy the daily challenges and satisfaction of a career in hospital pharmacy.

When not at work, I enjoy hanging out with my dog and pet fish. I also enjoy being outdoors and my true passion is fishing.

140x175MauryOtterstetterNeurology
Maury Otterstetter, Rph, BCPS

I completed my undergraduate degree at Colorado State University in exercise and sports science. I then obtained my pharmacy degree from the University of Colorado. I worked at Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital in Denver as a critical care pharmacist for several years prior to coming to Lutheran Medical Center. I was instrumental in the opening of the neurology unit at Lutheran in 2006 and further helping the team attain Joint Commission Certification as a Primary Stroke Center.

When not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family, backpacking, golfing, bowling and taking vacations.

140x175TristanHoranInformatics
Tristan Horan Pharm.D., BCPS

I began my pharmacy career at the age of 17 when I began working as a pharmacy technician during high school and then college. I attended the University of Colorado where I completed a degree in molecular biology. After graduating, I temporarily switched gears and began working for a software company where I developed an interest in working with technology. As much as I loved working in the tech industry, I really missed working in healthcare and decided to apply to pharmacy school. I graduated from the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy in 2013. While in school, I learned about pharmacy informatics, which sounded like a perfect fit for me. As a result, I pursued a PGY1 here at Lutheran Medical Center where I knew they embraced innovation and technology to advance the field of pharmacy. After completing my residency, I continued to work PRN at LMC as a clinical pharmacist while also helping implement new technologies. In 2016, when a full-time informatics and medication safety pharmacist position was created at LMC, I did not hesitate to apply. In this role, I have had the opportunity to develop my knowledge in many pharmacy systems including Omnicell, Swisslog automation, Alaris interop, DoseEdge, Epic, and many more. I love working with so many amazing people across the SCL system who believe in improving healthcare through innovation.

When not working, I enjoy running, backpacking, reading, crafting, and long walks with my husband and 3 dogs.

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Cindy O’Fallon, RPh, BCPS

I was an army brat as a child and no matter where my father moved us, my mind was set on attending Colorado University for my college years. I obtained all pre-pharmacy credits at the Boulder campus and attended Pharmacy School at CU Health Sciences campus in Denver.

I have been employed at Lutheran Medical Center since graduation and truly find it a wonderful institution. The multi-discipline efforts abound and I enjoy collaborating with all the dedicated health care professionals here, including RNs, NPs, Lab techs and MDs. My work primarily involves the OR floor.

In my personal time, I enjoy hiking and skiing (cross-country and downhill) in our beautiful Rocky Mountains, reading, and spending time with my family.

Longitudinal Staffing
Lauren Farnsworth, Pharm.D., BCPS

I was raised in the small town of Marcola, OR, and completed my bachelor’s degree at Oregon State University in 2012. After graduation, I entered into my first year of pharmacy school at the Oregon State University College of Pharmacy, which led to a short summer internship at a retail pharmacy. After the completion of my first pharmacy school year, I decided to move to the Midwest for personal reasons, and transfer to the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy, where I later graduated with my Pharm.D. in 2016. I completed a PGY-1 residency at the Roseburg VA Medical Center in Roseburg, OR, and also gained valuable experience moonlighting/floating with another retail pharmacy during that time.

I began working at Lutheran Medical Center as a PRN clinical pharmacist in 2017, after moving to Denver at the completion of my residency program. Shortly after starting, I was hired on full time where I focused the majority of my responsibilities on the internal medicine unit as a clinical floor pharmacist. During this time, I was encouraged by my peers to obtain my BCPS certification to further develop my skills and abilities as a clinical pharmacist. In July of 2019, I began my transition into a new leadership role as the central pharmacy team lead, where I continue to grow and learn new things every day.

When I’m not working, I passionately enjoy indoor rock climbing, hiking, and spending time at home with my significant other and our four cats.

Oncology
Michael Hrenchir, Pharm.D.

I was born in Texas and shortly after a brief stint in the Lone Star State my family and I moved to Lawrence, Kansas which is home to the University of Kansas. While growing up in Lawrence, I couldn’t help but become a diehard Jayhawk fan and a basketball fanatic. Due to this pedigree, choosing to go to college at the University of Kansas was a natural decision. In 2006 I started my first semester as a freshman trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. After having some really great experiences with my pharmacy I decided to pursue a career as a pharmacist since I also had an interest in science and biology. Since the University of Kansas has such a strong pharmacy program I decided this was the school I wanted to go to and in-state tuition wasn’t such a bad thing either. In 2012 I completed my Pharm.D.

After graduation I was fortunate enough to land a job at St. Francis Medical Center in Topeka, KS which allowed me to still live in Lawrence. While working at St. Francis, I was exposed to a variety of different clinical settings including ICU, cardiology, surgery, emergency medicine, and oncology to name a few. During my second year a full time position in the cancer center opened up and I was fortunate enough to be able to accept that position and move up there for the majority my time.

In 2016 I moved to Denver, Colorado to work in the cancer center at Lutheran Medical Center. Most of my days are spent analyzing chemotherapy regimens for appropriateness as well as monitoring labs to ensure the patient can safely receive their chemotherapy.

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