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Dr. Venkata K. Murthy, MD,
General Surgery,
General Practice
Dr. Murthy has practiced in Sleepy Eye since 1982. He earned his medical degree at Madurai Medical College in India. Dr. Murthy completed residencies in surgery at Government General Hospital in Madras, India, at Altoona Hospital in Altoona, PA, at Atlantic City Hospital in Atlantic City, NJ, and at Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, KS. Dr. Murthy is certified by the American Board of Surgery and provides scholarships for future healthcare workers.
Dr. James J. Joyce, MD,
Family Practice and Obstetrics
Dr. Joyce joined the staff of the Sleepy Eye Medical Center in 2003. He earned his medical degree at Creighton University of Medicine in Omaha, NE. Dr. Joyce completed eight months of residency in obstetrics at St. Mary’s Hospital in Milwaukee, WI, and completed residency in family practice at Waukesha Family Practice Center in Waukesha, WI. Dr. Joyce is certified by the American Board of Family Practice.
Dr. Harman Dhaliwal, MD,
Family Practice and Obstetrics
Dr. Dhaliwal earned her medical degree at Armed Forces Medical College in Pune, India, completed her internship at General Hospital Chandigarh-Punjab, and her residency at Michigan State University. Dr. Dhaliwal is certified by the American Board of Family Practice. Some of Dr. Dhaliwal’s professional interests include the areas of Family Practice, OB and Women’s Health.
Dr. Karlyn Armbruster, MD,
Family Practice and Obstetrics
Dr. Armbruster’s hometown is Virginia, MN, where she graduated from Virginia High School. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN, with a BS degree in Biology. Dr. Armbruster attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth, MN, and the University of Minnesota Medical School – Twin Cities Campus. She completed her residency in the Via Christi Family Medicine Residency Program, Wichita, KS, where she was Chief Resident. Dr. Armbruster is certified by the American Board of Family Practice.
Dr. Adam Armbruster, MD,
Family Practice and Obstetrics
Dr. Armbruster is a native of Sleepy Eye, MN, and graduated from St. Mary’s High School. He completed his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry, Cum Laude, at the University of St. Thomas. Dr. Armbruster attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth, MN, and the University of Minnesota Medical School – Twin Cities Campus. He completed his residency in the Via Christi Family Medicine Residency Program, Wichita, KS, where he was Chief Resident. Dr. Armbruster is certified by the American Board of Family Practice.
Dr. John Pelzel, MD,
Family Practice and Obstetrics
Dr. Pelzel graduated from St. Mary's High School in 2001, the University of Minnesota with a BS in biology in 2006, and the University of Minnesota Medical School in 2011. He completed his Family Medicine Residency at Health East St. John’s Hospital in Maplewood, MN, where he also served as House Officer, responsible for acute status changes, the rapid response team and as a code physician. Dr. Pelzel is certified by the American Board of Family Practice.
Susan Ahlness, APRN, BC Sue Ahlness, certified Family Nurse Practitioner, received her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Minnesota--Twin Cities. She is Board Certified in Family Practice by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Sue was on the Sleepy Eye Hospital staff as an RN for six years prior to earning her certification in 2003.

Visiting Specialty Physicians

These specialists see patients at the Sleepy Eye Medical Center on regularly scheduled monthly or twice monthly visits.

Appointments may be made through referral from the medical staff of the Sleepy Eye Medical Center, or by calling the numbers listed.

Dr. John Bernhardson,
Internist (Cardiology)

Minneapolis Heart Institute.
For appointments call the SEMC Clinic at 794-3691 or toll free 877-794-3691

Dr. Richard Erbes, Podiatrist,
Center for Specialty Care

888-974-6636

Dr. Michael James,
Urologist

For appointments, call the SEMC Clinic at 794-3691 or 877-794-3691.

Dr. Steven Wachter,
Podiatrist
For appointments, call the SEMC Clinic at 794-3691 or 877-794-3691.

Dr. Mario DeSouza,
Orthopedic Surgeon
For appointments, call the SEMC Clinic at 794-3691 or 877-794-3691.