Our independent medical clinic gives us the freedom to recognize our patients as individuals.

2014 Best Doctors for Women, Minnesota Monthly

Internal Medicine Doctors provide an understanding of how to maintain your health, as well as diagnosing and treating any concerns when you are not feeling your best. Our internal medicine doctors are recognized as some of the best in their field. Since they are not bound by insurance protocols, our patients get 100% of our attention while receiving affordable health care within their budget. Our medical clinic treats patients based on individualized needs, not codes or numbers, which are often incompatible with the best care.

Meet our Award Winning Team

Over 75 combined years of medical experience at our medical clinic.

Dr. Merlin Brown

Dr. Merlin Brown

Dr. Brown became part of our medical team in December of 2000. Dr. Brown earned his medical degree at Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Loma Linda, California, in 1990, where he also completed an internal medicine residency.

From 1993 to 1995 he served as locum tenens in California and as an internist at Park Nicollet Clinic in Burnsville from 1995 to 2000. He is board certified in Internal Medicine. Preventive medicine is his special interest. He enjoys building long term relationships with his patients. His outside interests are in travel and gardening.

Additional Credentials:
  • Public speaker on Health Care Reform
  • Founder of group homes for those with mental disabilities
  • Co-authored a book "Where Doesn't It Hurt?" on healthcare reform
  • Member of the Executive Committee, Fairview Southdale Hospital
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Dr. Jacob Liston

Dr. Jacob Liston

Dr. Liston is the newest addition to Southdale Internal Medicine. He joined the practice in 2007. Dr. Liston grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. After graduating from MIT he attended the University of Minnesota Medical School. He completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at the Oregon Health & Sciences University in June 2007. He is board certified in Internal Medicine.

Dr. Liston’s Twin Cities roots drew him back to Minnesota to establish his practice. His medical interests include managing chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidemia, as well as treating patients with musculoskeletal problems. As a primary care physician, he focuses on patient education and preventive medicine. Dr. Liston enjoys cycling, snowboarding and windsurfing. He is very excited to be back in the Twin Cities and is currently accepting new patients.

Additional Credentials:
  • Fairview Champion of Care Reward recipient
  • Member of the Fairview Physician Associates Quality Committee
  • Physician mentor/instructor for St. Katherine's nurse practitioner Master's program
  • Named a 2014 Best Doctor for Women by Minnesota Monthly magazine
Read Dr. Liston’s Personal Statement

Dr. Gary Ivins

Dr. Gary Ivins

Dr. Ivins joined our practice in May of 1994. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1978 and his medical degree from the University of Illinois School of Medicine in 1982. He completed an internship and residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1985.

Dr. Ivins has been named a Top Doctor in Minnesota by Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine several times over the past decade. His medical interests are in primary care practice and establishing long-term relationships with his patients. Outside of medicine, he enjoys bicycling, playing tennis and golf, and cross country skiing.

Additional Credentials:
  • Chief of Staff at Fairview Southdale Hospital in 2007
  • Medical Director for Utilization Review and Care Management, Fairview Southdale Hospital
  • Member of the Credentialing Committee, Fairview Southdale Hospital
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Dr. Gary Brunkow

Dr. Gary Brunkow

Dr. Brunkow joined Southdale Internal Medicine in 1982. He graduated from medical school from the University of Colorado Medical School. He completed his residency at the University of Minnesota. Following his residency, he held the position of Junior Faculty at the University of Minnesota. He is board certified in Internal Medicine. His special interests are arthritis, hypertension, cardiology and hyperlipidemia.

Additional Credentials:
  • Vice President of the Minnesota Healthcare Network
  • Finance Committee Member, Minnesota Healthcare Network
  • Member of the Health Partners Pharmacy & Therapeutics committee
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Dr. David Walcher

Dr. David Walcher

Dr. Walcher joined Southdale Internal Medicine in February 2001. He has been practicing medicine since 1976. After receiving his medical degree from the University of Minnesota, Dr. Walcher completed a Family Practice internship at Hennepin County Medical Center and an Internal Medicine Residency at the Medical College of Ohio at Toledo. He is board certified in Internal Medicine.

Prior to joining Southdale Internal Medicine he was with Park Nicollet Clinic for nine years, and before that in Fairmont, MN. His special interests include sports medicine, diabetes, preventive care and geriatrics. Currently Dr. Walcher is an Adjunct Faculty member of the Department of Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He often supervises medical students from the U of M at Southdale Internal Medicine.

Additional Credentials:
  • Internal Medicine Committee, Fairview Southdale Hospital 7/2001 to the present
  • Infection Control Committee, Fairview Southdale Hospital 7/2003 to the present
  • Chair of Diabetes Committee, Fairview Southdale Hospital 5/2010 to the present
  • Member, Minnesota Medical Association, 1981 to the present
  • American College of Physicians, Member from 1990 to the 9/2009, Fellow from 9/2009 to present
  • Member, West Metro Medical Society 1990 to the present
  • Board of Directors Hennepin County/West Metro Medical Society 10/1/2005-2008.
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