Doctors Adam and Karlyn Armbruster eager to begin practicing medicine in the close-knit community of Sleepy Eye.
Sleepy Eye native Dr. Adam Armbruster and his wife, Dr. Karlyn Armbruster, together with their 19-month-old daughter, Scarlett, feel that Sleepy Eye has many things to offer them both personally and professionally. The family moved to Sleepy Eye in August and have spent the past month getting settled. They will both begin taking patients at the Sleepy Eye Medical Center (SEMC) on Oct. 15. Adam graduated from St. Mary’s School in 2000 and completed his undergraduate degree at St. Thomas University. Karlyn graduated in 2000, from Virginia High School and completed her undergraduate degree at the College of St. Scholastica. They met at the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed their training to be family practice physicians in Minneapolis. They then went on to complete their residency in Wichita, Kans. They were married in Sleepy Eye at St. Mary’s Church in 2009, between completing their schooling and beginning their residency. The Armbrusters will provide services in family practice, hospital medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics, sports medicine and women’s health. What drew them to Sleepy Eye, besides family and friends, is that there is a growing number of young families in Sleepy Eye. In addition, they are happy to be back in a rural setting with strong values and ideals that small rural communities can provide. “The people here are great and we are excited to have the great school options and recreational activities Sleepy Eye offers,” said Dr. Karlyn. “It’s also great to have a patient population that I can relate to first hand,” Dr. Adam added. Both Adam and Karlyn completed their residency training in Wichita, Kans., which is a small urban area similar in size to Sioux Falls. They chose Wichita because the mission there is to train physicians for rural community care. Both said they realized early in their training that they preferred to offer their services in rural settings similar to where they were raised. Another big draw to the community, they said, is that SEMC is city-owned.“People who work hear are invested in the community and want to stay,” Karlyn added. Adam said a setting such as this allows them to use more of their training. “Overall we were impressed with what the Sleepy Eye Medical Center can provide,” he added. Dr. Karlyn said she likes the idea of her practice growing with her. “I would like to deliver babies and hopefully those families will stay with me and eventually I can deliver babies of the babies I delivered,” she said. “That’s an aspect I’m looking forward to.” Adams parents are Randy and Roxanne Armbruster, who together own and operate Randy’s Family Drug and Gift. Prior to moving to Sleepy Eye, Dr. Adam practiced at an outpatient clinic in Wichita, Kans., that provided medical services to low income and underserved inner city patients. Dr. Karlyn completed her residency in the Via Christi Family Medicine Residency Program in Wichita in July. Dr. Karlyn will be speaking on women’s health at the Women’s Health Expo this Saturday, Oct. 13, in the lower level of SEMC. She will be speaking at 10 and 11:30 a.m.