Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Staff

Melody Durham, RN, BSN, Director

Melody graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in nursing from Andrews University. She has 35 years of critical care nursing experience including cardiac care. She holds specialty certification as a critical care RN. She is a member of AACVPR and an Advanced Cardiac Life Support instructor. Melody was instrumental in the start-up of AVH’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program and has served as director since 1995.

Julie Puchkoff, MS, CSCS, Exercise Physiologist

Julie is a graduate of Colgate University and The University of Montana graduate school. She holds the Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist credential from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is a Polestar-certified Pilates instructor. In addition, Julie has received national recognition for her exercise-related research with wildland firefighters. She is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and has worked in the Cardiopulmonary Rehab Department at Aspen Valley Hospital for 15 years.

Karen Johnson, MS, HFS, CES Exercise Physiologist

Karen  received her Master of Science degree in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Northern Colorado.  She is certified as a Cancer Exercise Specialist (CES) through the Rocky Mountain Cancer Research Institute (RMCRI) and as a Health and Fitness Specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).  She is also trained in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).  Karen has been working at AVH since the spring of 2015 with previous experience at Vail Valley Medical Center in Cardiac Rehab.

M.M. O’Gara, RN, CDE

Mary Margaret is a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator who works closely with the cardiopulmonary staff.

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Aspen, CO 81611

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