About Us

All professionals at Colorado Clinics for the Foot and Ankle maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in the medical field. Read on to learn more about our team's experience and training.

Erik Ouderkirk, DPM

Erik Ouderkirk, DPM

Dr. Erik Ouderkirk is a Board Certified* Podiatric Surgeon having practiced in the Denver area for over 20 years.  Dr. Ouderkirk is also certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine.   As a Westerner from Idaho, he attended Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA, graduating with a degree in Biology. He went on to receive a Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago. He then completed an internship at St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee, followed by a two-year Surgical Residency at Edgewater Medical Center in Chicago.

“My mission is to provide my patients with the latest treatments available to keep their feet and ankles healthy for a lifetime. I am proud to give the most advanced care in a friendly environment where patients feel right at home. I have suffered from foot problems myself, so I understand podiatry from both a doctor and patient perspective. It is important for me to put every patient at ease and share information that can improve the patient's quality of life. ”

When Dr. Ouderkirk is not treating patients, he spends time with his wife, Dana and twin daughters, Johanna and Elizabeth. With his family, he enjoys the outdoor sports of skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and climbing.

*Certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery®

Lorelei McCloskey, DPM 

Corey Bess, DPM, AACFAS

Dr. McCloskey is a Denver-trained Board Certified* Podiatric Surgeon.  Dr. McCloskey is also certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine.  She began her education at Santa Clara University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree. She attended the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago, where she was a recipient of the Scholl Merit Scholarship and the Goren Scholarship. After graduating, she completed her surgical residency at the Veterans Affairs Eastern Colorado Healthcare System in Denver, focusing on diabetic foot infections and elective forefoot, rearfoot, and ankle surgery. She began practicing at the Colorado Clinics for the Foot and Ankle. Dr. McCloskey also participated in the HealthONE Outreach program, providing care to patients in rural areas. She relocated briefly to New York City, practicing for a short time before returning home to Colorado.

Dr. McCloskey believes that a patient’s treatment plan should be as unique as the patient. As such, she feels it is important to address each patient’s individual needs and goals. Dr. McCloskey believes that the foot should not be approached as an isolated unit; she favors a coordinated, multi-disciplinary approach, and believes that all members of a patient’s healthcare team should communicate and work in tandem to provide the best care for the patient.

When she is not in the office or at the hospital, Dr. McCloskey enjoys cooking, live music, traveling, and photography.

*Certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery®

Jessica R. Johnson DPM, MHA, ABPM

Dr. Johnson was born and raised in Denver, CO where she graduated from Montbello High School. After this, Dr. Johnson attended Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA. She earned a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from the University of Memphis where she was appointed as the graduate student director of the department of multicultural affairs. After this Dr. Johnson attended the Dr. William M Scholl school of Podiatric medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago, IL where she was awarded the Geppner-Turnbow minority scholarship. 

As the proud daughter of a Vietnam veteran, it was an honor for Dr. Johnson to serve the men and women of our armed forces during her 3-year surgical residency at the Richmond VA in Virginia. She has been in private practice since 2017 and treats patients in long term care facilities. 

Dr. Johnson is a diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Medicine. Furthermore, she is a member of the diversity and inclusion committee for Preferred Podiatry Group. She is also the past medical advisor for the board of AllStaff HomeCare, Rocky Mountain Hospice and AllStaff Medical Resources, Inc.

When not at work, Dr. Johnson balances her life by spending time with her wonderful husband, Minister Lonnie Johnson Jr, MDIV and their awesome twins Little Lonnie and Briana. She loves attending church, rooting for the Denver Broncos, good music, spending time with family/friends, mentoring and volunteering.

Office Team

Ashely Zubia, Administrative Coordinator

Dana Ouderkirk, Administration

Elizabeth Whisler, Medical Assistant to Dr. McCloskey, Care Coordinator

Donna Grinde, Medical Assistant to Dr. Johnson, Care Coordinator

Chanel Geddes, Medical Assistant to Dr. Ouderkirk, Care Coordinator

Susan Wittenberg, Medical Assistant to Dr. Ouderkirk, Care Coordinator