PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residents
Katarina Brown, PharmD, is originally from Washington, Iowa. She completed her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. Dr. Brown chose a PGY1 Community-based Residency at the University of Iowa because of the program’s dedication to advancing the pharmacy profession in the community setting. Katarina is looking forward to enhancing the clinical services offered at North Liberty Pharmacy. Her practice interests include diabetes education, chronic care management, transitions of care, and mental health.
Brianna Hostert, PharmD, is originally from Cascade, Iowa. She completed her PharmD along with a diabetes concentration at Drake University. Brianna was drawn to the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy Community-Based Residency Program because she had the opportunity to work at several of the sites as a student and appreciated the innovative practices being used to positively impact patient care. Additionally, the support from the University of Iowa faculty as well as the opportunity to learn from pharmacy leaders were also important factors. Professional interests of Brianna's include chronic care management, diabetes management, and learning how to effectively implement clinical services into community pharmacy workflow.
Austin Oyen, PharmD, came to Iowa from a farm outside of the small town of Crooks, South Dakota. He completed both a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. Austin is excited to continue learning at the University of Iowa and Towncrest Pharmacy. He chose Iowa because of the great things that are happening here in community pharmacy. He is excited to be a part of a pharmacy and a state on the front end of new ideas and ways of practicing. Austin is looking forward to learning more about independent pharmacy, reimbursement models, and medication therapy management. He’s passionate about rural healthcare, and would love to open his own pharmacy in the future and provide care at the highest level.
Ally Sekula, PharmD, is from Brookfield, WI, but has been living in Iowa for the last 6 years. She attended Drake University for her Doctor of Pharmacy degree. She is passionate about working in community pharmacy, using a patient centered approach to provide meaningful interventions. The University of Iowa's PGY1 Community-based Pharmacy Residency first caught Ally's interest with its emphasis on using innovative techniques to keep community pharmacy relevant as new technology becomes available. She also appreciates the long standing commitment that the university's program has shown to growing community pharmacies into more than just a "one-stop shop." Overall, the program just felt like a family to Ally from the moment her interview started. Ally is currently a certified health coach and enjoys collaborating with patients in their own healthcare journey. Ally is a passionate learner on all topics, but particularly enjoys studying psychology and infection. She hopes to become experienced enough to teach the future generations of pharmacists.
Jess Thompson, PharmD, MBA, is originally from Clive, Iowa. He attended Drake University in Des Moines, IA where he completed a Doctor of Pharmacy and a Master of Business Administration degree. He is continuing his education at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy through the PGY1 Community Practice residency. He is currently practicing at the Hy-Vee Drugstore in Iowa City. His professional interests include community pharmacy, long-term care pharmacy, and practice management. During his PGY1 residency, Jess plans to further his professional development by providing community pharmacy enhanced services, educating and precepting pharmacy students, and taking a deeper dive into pharmacy management.
Samuel Williams, PharmD, is originally from Marion, Iowa. He completed an Associate of Science from Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Iowa. Dr. Williams is excited to continue his training at Osterhaus Pharmacy in Maquoketa, Iowa. He looks forward to making a difference in the community through the many patient care services established in the pharmacy. His professional interests include caring for patients with chronic disease, operations management, and the advancement of community-based pharmacy practice.