Women Who Inspire Us: Dr. Amy Beacom
Summit sports medicine physician Amy Beacom, M.D., shares what she’s learned in her roles as a doctor, a mom, and team physician for the Minnesota Twins.
Amy Beacom, M.D., is one of Summit’s sports medicine experts. In this month’s “Women Who Inspire Us” feature, we caught up with her to learn more about what drives her.
Tell us about your background as a physician.
After completing fellowship training in sports medicine, I joined Summit in 2005. When I started, I was the first woman physician at Summit and the first nonsurgical physician. They had never had a nonoperative specialist before, but they took a calculated risk and decided to give it a go. It has been a really good partnership, because not everything is surgical — and not everything is nonsurgical. With different specialists, patients have access to both aspects of Summit’s comprehensive care.
Each of us in sports medicine at Summit is so different — we learn from each other. It’s such a big specialty that each of us has been able to subspecialize.
What is Dr. Amy Beacom’s practice philosophy?
One of the things I try to do is to really listen as to why the patient is there. What do they do? Who lives with them? What are they missing out on? What’s been tried already? What’s important to them? What do they want and need to be able to do? The way a patient answers questions like those is a good guide for me. The more I listen, the more effective I can be as a physician. It helps me formulate an overall direction for care.
What do you do outside of work?
I love to be outside, hiking, walking, and just being active with my family. My two children, ages 5 and 7, love to skate, so I started taking skating lessons this year. I love to bake and cook, which is also a great way to spend time with the kids. I was a competitive swimmer growing up, which was a big focus for me.
How does being a woman affect your practice approach?
At Summit, I can be my full self. I can be the same in the office as I am in the rest of my life. I started my career in emergency medicine, and I wasn’t able to do that as much. Here, I can be a mom, a daughter, and a doctor all at once.
There are difficulties, of course. I consider myself a full-time physician and a full-time mom, and navigating that give-and-take is a constant balancing act that changes over time. Everyone’s balance is different. I love to work, and I love what I do, and it’s important to me that my kids see and understand that. Figuring out that balance is part of the art of it — and part of the fun, too.
Tell us about being a team physician for the Minnesota Twins. Sounds exciting!
It has really been a treat. I do all the nonorthopedic medical care. It stretches me professionally, and I really love it. It’s a great camaraderie. I share the lead physician role with two other sports medicine specialists, and we also have three orthopedic physicians on the staff. We are all working toward the common goal, which is supporting the Twins and helping the team win.
What inspires you, Dr. Amy Beacom?
People who always want to learn and are dedicated to “finding their awesome.” People who just show up, not knowing where the journey will take them but willing to be surprised. People who are givers, maintaining a personal balance while sharing their gifts with others. That kind of leadership and authenticity is inspiring to me.
Summit Orthopedics offers comprehensive sports medicine expertise
From Olympians to pro athletes to kids in youth sports and those that just want to be more active—Summit Orthopedics delivers expert care by fellowship-trained sports medicine physicians. If you are recently injured or concerned about ongoing pain, Summit Orthopedics sports medicine specialists have the expertise to evaluate your discomfort and develop a plan to quickly and safely help you get back to being active.
Summit has convenient locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We have state-of-the-art centers for comprehensive orthopedic care in Eagan, MN, Plymouth, MN, Vadnais Heights, MN, and Woodbury, MN, as well as several additional community clinics.
Our 2020 Top Doctors awardees are Dr. Kristoffer Breien, Dr. Peter Daly, Dr. Jack Drogt, Dr. Michael Forseth, Dr. James Gannon, Dr. Peter Parten, Dr. Edward Santos, Dr. David Strothman, Dr. Andrew Thomas, Dr. Amy Beacom, and Dr. Erik Ekstrom.
Dr. Beacom offers Team USA swimmer’s shoulder protocol to local athletes with shoulder injuries.
Amy (Stromwall) Beacom, M.D. traveled to Guadalajara, Mexico as a physician with Team USA women’s swim team in October. “The Pan Am Games were crazy,” said Dr. Beacom. “We sent 47 swimmers, 12 staff and won 44 medals! It was a great seven days of… Read More.