Timothy McMaster-Beyer, DO
Timothy McMaster-Beyer, DO, earned his Doctor of Osteopathy degree at Des Moines University - College of Osteopathic Medicine in Des Moines, IA, graduating with a Humanities in Medicine Award. He completed his Adult Psychiatry Residency and Chief Residency at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in 1995.
Following his residency, Dr. McMaster-Beyer was assigned to provide psychiatric and medical care in designated shortage areas identified by the The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) as part of a fellowship he was awarded during medical school. Through this position Dr. McMaster-Beyer provided care in various cities throughout Missouri until 2003.
From 2004-2007, Dr. McMaster-Beyer worked as a Clinical Scholar for the University of Minnesota Department of Psychiatry - Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. In this position he coordinated the in-patient adolescent unit for the University of Minnesota Medical Center and participated in research conducted by Dr. Charles Schulz, Dr. Jon Grant, and others. Dr. McMaster-Beyer also taught medical students, residents, fellows, and PharmD candidates during clinical rounds in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric unit.
From 2013-2016, Dr. McMaster-Beyer worked as the Pod Director of two units at Anoka Metro Regional Medical Center/Department of Human Services where he provided clinical supervision to medical students and advanced nurse practitioners, as well as other psychiatrists. During this time, Dr. McMaster-Beyer also provided psychiatric care to children and adolescents through the Child Adolescent Behavioral Health Service (CABHS).
Dr. McMaster-Beyer is currently board certified in both General Psychiatry and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. He works at SBCC with children, adolescents, and adults.
The following passage from an LA Times interview with psychiatrist, Eric R. Kandel, MD, highlights the model of thinking Dr. McMaster-Beyer values in his work:
"I think simple models [of mind] are very helpful . . .I just think deep understanding is better than superficial understanding. Many people think that the task of the neurologist is to understand what is considered the 'connectome' -- that is, how neurons connect to one another. But that is a limited insight into what the problems are. One has to know what are the functional connections, not just the anatomical connections, and how do [these connections] participate in controlling behavior..." (Kandel, LA Times, 2013).
Dr. McMaster-Beyer says this deeper understanding that Dr. Kandel refers to comes through the attachment theory, a therapeutic model highly regarded at SBCC. Dr. McMaster-Beyer believes SBCC is one of the only places in Minnesota's behavioral/mental healthcare marketplace that gives attachment theory due consideration and ensures an enhanced understanding of the people coming in for mental health services.