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 staff's experience and training.
Erik Ouderkirk, DPM, FACFAS
Dr. Erik Ouderkirk is a Board Certified Podiatric Surgeon having practiced in the Denver area for over 18 years. 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 to 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.
Corey Bess, DPM, AACFAS
Dr. Corey Bess is a podiatric surgeon new to the Denver area. Originally from Ohio, he studied biomedical engineering at the University of Toledo and from there moved to New York City to earn his DPM degree at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. He completed an extensive three-year surgical residency at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York, where he had an special focus on diabetic limb salvage, sports medicine, trauma, and elective surgery of the foot and ankle.
Dr. Bess believes in creating an outstanding patient experience with a combination of patient education and evidence-based treatments. Every patient is unique, and your ailments should be treated while taking into careful consideration your activity level, occupation, lifestyle, and expectations.
When he’s not working, Dr. Bess enjoys participating in recreational soccer, tennis, and hockey, as he has since high school. He also takes great pleasure in the great outdoors.
Lorelei McCloskey, DPM
Dr. McCloskey is a Denver-trained podiatric surgeon, certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and qualified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. 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.
Ashley Alvarez, Administrative Coordinator and Reception
Amber Heartz, Medical Assistant and Reception
Dana Ouderkirk, Human Resources
Claudia Sammer, Medical Assistant and Reception
Regan Swezey, Medical Assistant and Reception