Pharmacy Residency at UnityPoint Health | Meet Our Current Residents

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Meet our Residents

2018-2019

Dr. Nicholas Kayser, PharmD

Dr. Nicholas Kayser is originally from Lake Mills, IA. He graduated from The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy with a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) in May of 2018. His current practice interests include pediatrics, emergency medicine, and critical care. This year his project will involve the review of gentamicin therapy in the NICU, evaluating compliance with our protocol and treatment outcomes. Upon completion of his pharmacy practice residency, he would like to pursue board certification in pharmacotherapy and a career as a clinical pharmacist. In his spare time he enjoys playing with his daughter, going on walks with his wife and dog, and reading.

Dr. Mackenzie Leal, PharmD

Dr. Mackenzie Leal is originally from Blue Grass, Iowa. She completed her undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Zoology at Western Illinois University. She went on to receive her Doctor of Pharmacy from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa in May of 2018. Mackenzie's current practice interests include internal medicine, critical care, and pediatrics. Her residency project includes looking at vancomycin dosing in the NICU. Upon completion of her pharmacy practice residency, she would like to pursue board certification in pharmacotherapy and a career as a clinical pharmacist. Outside of residency she enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Dr. Vilailack Kheuakham, PharmD

Dr. Vilailack Kheuakham is originally from the Des Moines area.  She completed her undergraduate degree at Grand View University in Biology, and went on to obtain her second Bachelor in Healthcare Administration at Mercy College of Health Sciences.  She obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy in May of 2018.  Her current practice interests include infectious disease, critical care, and psychology.  Her residency project involves retrospectively reviewing patient outcomes with gram negative bloodstream infections in patients receiving intravenous  vs. intravenous + oral therapy.  Upon completion of her residency, she would like to pursue board certification in pharmacotherapy and a career as a clinical pharmacist; in addition to, finishing her Master in Healthcare Administration (MHA).  Outside of residency, she loves to spend quality time with family and friends, cook, play tennis and volleyball, and explore new restaurants and coffee shops.

2017-2018

Kaiwen Wang, PharmD

Dr. Kaiwen Wang is originally from Cliffside Park, New Jersey. She graduated from Rutgers University with a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) in May 2017. Her current practice interests include oncology and transplant. Her residency project evaluated the break-through fungal infection rates in AML patients receiving various antifungal prophylaxis agents. Upon completion of her pharmacy practice residency, she is going to complete a PGY-2 oncology pharmacy residency at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. Her favorite things about completing a residency at Iowa Methodist Medical Center were the advanced pharmacy practice and close relationships with providers. 


Daniella Smid, PharmD

Dr. Daniella Smid is originally from a suburb of Chicago. She completed her undergraduate degrees in Health Science and Psychology at the University of Iowa. She went on to receive her Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy in May of 2017. Daniella's current practice interests include critical care, infectious disease, and internal medicine. Her residency project involved developing an AUC/MIC vancomycin nomogram for adult acute care patients. After completion of residency, Daniella will be a clinical pharmacist at Iowa Methodist Medical Center. The things that she enjoyed most about completing her residency at Iowa Methodist was working with the clinical staff and serving as a preceptor to the many Drake pharmacy students.


Steven Jordan, PharmD

Dr. Steven Jordan is originally from Madison, WI. He graduated from Drake University with a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) in May of 2017. His current practice interests include critical care, emergency medicine, and internal medicine. His residency project involved the implementation and evaluation of an allergy assessment program at a three hospital system. Upon completion of his pharmacy practice residency, he is planning to work as a clinical pharmacist for Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee, WI and pursue board certification in pharmacotherapy. His favorite things about completing a residency at Iowa Methodist Medical Center were the progressive pharmacy practice and close-knit pharmacy team.