Residency Program Director and Preceptor Critical Care
Jim DeFoe, Pharm.D., BCPS
Jim completed his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Northern Michigan University in 1994 then worked in biotechnology for Ribozyme Pharmaceuticals. He completed his Pharm.D. at Albany College of Pharmacy followed by a PGY1 residency at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, VT. He has been working as a clinical pharmacist at Lutheran Medical Center since 2007. At Lutheran, his focus has been in critical care and he has also played a significant role in the design and rollout of Epic, the hospital's electronic health record. Most recently in 2016 he took over the role of Residency Program Director and Critical Care Team Lead. His career goal is to continually improve patient care while being an active member of his profession and maintaining a life balance.
In his free time, Jim likes get outside and have adventures with his wife and daughter. Together they enjoy hiking, nordic and backcountry skiing, camping and gardening. Most days, Jim likes to get out running and he has been known to enter a trail race or nordic ski competition on occasion.
Stacy Volk, Pharm.D., 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 several 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, which can no longer be ignored. I also have the opportunity to precept P2-4s from CU and Regis, 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, I like to play guitar, sing 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.
Jason Cardona, Pharm.D., Director of Pharmacy
Dr. Cardona has worked at Lutheran Medical Center since 2001, initially as a clinical pharmacist and today as the Director of Pharmacy. He specializes in pharmacy informatics - working in Pyxis Medstations, Pyxis Connect (our automated medication dispensing system), carousel automation, prepackaging and EPIC, our health care information system. He also helped develop and implemented USP certified clean room, chemo room, anteroom and procedures.
Dr. Cardona has studied pharmacy law, relational databases and served as a residency preceptor for informatics and staffing. He teaches USP 797, a regulation that governs pharmacy policies, to Regis University School of Pharmacy students and is a preceptor for first-year students there. His previous pharmacy experience includes work both in hospital and retail settings.
When not working, Dr. Cardona enjoys sports, golf, movies, and spending time with his two daughters.
Michael Kaiser, Pharm.D.
Dr. Kaiser practiced as a chemistry teacher prior to entering pharmacy. He completed his Pharm.D. at the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy and began working at Lutheran Medical Center soon after completion. He has practiced in the Emergency Department for his career and enjoys the fast paced environment.
When he is not working, Mike enjoys biking, working on projects around the house and spending time with his wife.
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 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.
When I’m not at LMC, I’m either out trail running, road biking, skiing or at CrossFit and of course, spending time with my wonderful husband, family and friends.
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.
Shelby Johnson, Pharm.D.
Shelby completed her undergraduate degree in biochemistry at Colorado State University in 2004 and then went on to complete her Pharm.D. at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy in 2009. Her passion for mental health began during her fourth year pharmacy rotations after completing several rotations in mental health. During a rotation at the Denver VA, Shelby attended daily interdisciplinary team meetings to discuss patients, worked up numerous psychotropic drug based consults, taught medication education groups to inpatient psychiatric patients, presented to clinical pharmacists and pharmacy students on various mental health related topics, and assisted with a pilot program aimed at improving medication adherence and follow-up for discharged psychiatric patients. This rotation gave her the passion necessary to thrive as a psychiatric pharmacist at West Pines at Lutheran Medical Center which she started in 2010. In addition to working at West Pines, Shelby is also a PRN pharmacist at Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center.
When not working, Shelby enjoys her season tickets to the Broncos games, spending time with her husband, family and friends, and doting over her beautiful baby boy, Nolan.
Maury Otterstetter, Rph, BCPS
Maury completed his undergraduate degree from the Colorado State University in exercise and sports science. He then obtained his pharmacy degree from the University of Colorado. He worked at Presbyterian St. Lukes Hospital in Denver as a critical care pharmacist for several years prior to coming to Lutheran Medical Center. Maury 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, Maury enjoys spending time with his family, backpacking, golfing, bowling and taking vacations.