2018-19 community residents in a group photo

PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residents

2018 - 2019 Community Pharmacy Residents

Ashleigh Arndorfer
North Liberty Pharmacy

Ashleigh Arndorfer, PharmD, is from rural northwest Iowa but spent a year traveling the country in her RV during pharmacy school rotations. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Creighton University in 2018. Ashleigh is excited to be at a practice location that is a member of an enhanced services network because she has a passion for building relationships with her patients and providing patient care services. Her practice interests include medication therapy management, diabetes education and immunizations.

Matthew Austin
Hy-Vee Drugstore, Iowa City

Matt Austin, PharmD, an Iowa transplant from neighboring Illinois, graduated from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. He chose to pursue a PGY1 with the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy because of its dedication to excellent patient care, its tradition of producing pharmacy leaders and for the opportunity to work with colleagues to expand pharmacy services. Matt is interested in chronic care management, transitions of care, and infectious disease.

Jenna Beninga
Greenwood Pharmacy

Jenna Beninga, PharmD, grew up in Cedar Falls, Iowa and currently resides in Ankeny with her husband. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy in May 2018 and is currently pursuing a PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency with the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy at Greenwood Pharmacy and Compounding Center in Waterloo. She is most looking forward to creating and advancing clinical services that positively impact patient care. Jenna’s professional interests include the management of diabetes and hypertension, transitions of care, and pharmacy management.

Brooke Weber
Mercy Family Pharmacy, Dubuque

Brooke Weber, PharmD, is the current PGY1 Community-based Pharmacy Resident at Mercy Family Pharmacy in Dubuque, IA. She is from the Quad Cities, and earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. Dr. Weber's professional interests include long term care, geriatrics, and underserved populations. She chose this residency program because she values the many experiences and learning opportunities available relating to her passions in pharmacy. Many of Dr. Weber's previous preceptors are graduates of the program and have inspired her to follow in their footsteps. She looks forward to serving the Quad Cities community after completion of her residency.

April Brown
Osterhaus Pharmacy

April Brown, PharmD, was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, and then went on to complete her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy. Dr. Brown’s professional interests include chronic disease state management. Upon completion of her community pharmacy practice residency, she plans to continue her training with a specialty residency. Ultimately, she plans to pursue a career in ambulatory care pharmacy in an underserved population that will offer rich opportunities in patient counseling and precepting students and residents. Outside of her professional life, Dr. Brown enjoys gardening as well as watching and playing sports. Dr. Brown is particularly a fan of March Madness! Dr. Brown would like to thank her family, friends, and mentors for their unconditional support, guidance, and encouragement.

Kayla Hughes
Towncrest Pharmacy

Kayla Hughes, PharmD, is originally from Rockford, Illinois. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Drake University. Throughout pharmacy school, she was actively involved in leadership education programs, the National Community Pharmacists Association, and activities promoting entrepreneurship and pharmacy ownership. Dr. Hughes chose a PGY1 community pharmacy residency with the University of Iowa and Towncrest Pharmacy because she wanted to begin her career in a progressive state, work with forward-thinking pharmacists, and develop strong clinical skills in the independent pharmacy setting. As a PGY1 pharmacy resident with the University of Iowa and Towncrest Pharmacy, her activities include analyzing medication regimens for residents in long-term care and supportive living facilities, implementing novel community pharmacy services, and precepting and teaching students through the University of Iowa PEPPR teaching program. Her professional interests include ambulatory care, mental health, palliative care, pharmacy ownership, and transitions of care.