Zachary C. Bayer, PsyD grew up in Mary Esther, Florida. After graduating from Fort Walton Beach High School, he completed his bachelor's degree at Auburn University. Following graduation, he worked various jobs in the brain injury community, with adjudicated youth, and in outdoor seasonal adventures. He concluded this phase of life by traveling around the world, visiting 23 different countries in 18 months.
Dr. Bayer obtained his Masters degree in Psychology at San Diego State University. His thesis focused on early signs of memory impairment and potential Alzheimer's disease in the geriatric population. Dr. Bayer completed his doctoral degree at Pacific University near Portland, Oregon. His dissertation examined the role of coping and executive functioning in individuals with brain injury, as well as their ability to reintegrate successfully into their community. His predoctoral internship was completed at Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital in New York City - an internationally recognized medical facility- where his training focused on inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation for individuals with neurological injury/illness. The final phase of Dr. Bayer's training was a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia- a nationally recognized brain and spinal cord injury rehabilitation hospital.
Dr. Bayer’s decision to return to his hometown and establish a clinical practice was twofold. First, throughout his travels and training, he has long desired to again be close to family. Second, he recognized the significant need for specialized neuropsychological services in the area. Dr. Bayer is excited about practicing in Okaloosa County and becoming an integral part of the mental health and medical community.
Corissa L. Bayer, PhD, ABPP has been living in Mary Esther since January 2016. She grew up in Pennsylvania and obtained a Bachelor's degree in Human Development from Cornell University. After college, she worked at UCLA on a research team examining mood and anxiety disorders in young adults.
Dr. Bayer completed her Masters and Doctorate at the University of Florida, where she obtained specialized training in assessment and treatment of childhood disorders, such as behavior disorders, learning disorders, and ADHD. During her 5 years at UF, she trained under the supervision of Dr. Sheila Eyberg, the developer of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). Early in her training, she decided to focus her training in the unique needs of military families, and thus completed her dissertation on resilience and coping in active duty combat-exposed personnel. She completed her predoctoral internship at Georgia Health Sciences University and Charlie Norwood VAMC in Augusta GA, where she combined her interests and developed a parenting skills for veterans with PTSD who wanted to strengthen their relationships with their children. She completed her postdoctoral residency at the UF Department of Psychiatry treating mood and anxiety disorders (such as OCD) in both adults and children.
Most recently, she was lead Behavioral Health Clinician at the Shepherd Center’s SHARE Military Initiative in Atlanta, providing assessment and treatment for service members and veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and PTSD. During that time, she was awarded Board Certification in Clinical Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) - a voluntary process of examination to demonstrate competency in an area of speciality.
Dr. Bayer enjoys time on the water, paddle boarding, and spending time with her husband and son. Her dog often visits the practice.
Heather Magee, Ph.D., grew up in central Indiana and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from DePauw University. She earned her Masters and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at The University of Alabama, where she specialized in working with children and families. Dr. Magee completed her doctoral internship at the Indiana University-Purdue University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, IN, where she served as chief intern, and her post-doctoral training at the Munroe-Meyer Institute within the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE. While completing her dissertation, Dr. Magee gained additional experience through positions with the National Rural Behavioral Health Center in Gainesville, FL, and State of North Carolina Early Intervention program in Fayetteville, NC. She then settled in Omaha and beginning her work in an outpatient mental health clinic.
As the spouse of an active-duty military member, Dr. Magee has worked in a variety of positions and places over her 10+ years of professional experience. This has led her to become flexible and adaptable in her practice of psychology and sensitive to the needs of each individual she serves. Dr. Magee has worked in inpatient, outpatient, and primary care settings as well as with civilian and military communities, and most recently returned from living and working overseas in Okinawa, Japan. While in Okinawa, Dr. Magee spent her time providing early intervention services for military-connected families, as well as supporting the school district via evaluations for autism, ADHD, and emotional disabilities. Her professional interests include the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety, depression, disruptive behavior disorders (e.g., ADHD, ODD), learning disabilities, and developmental disabilities (e.g., Autism Spectrum Disorder). Dr. Magee’s practice style is both prevention- and skill-focused, and emphasizes helping clients learn to make changes in their lives that are both meaningful and sustainable.
Dr. Magee enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, who keep her more than busy with school activities and sports teams. She is thrilled to be a part of Bayer NeuroBehavioral Center, PLLC, and is looking forward to serving the mental health needs of the local community.
Ashley Pratt is our Patient Care Coordinator. Bio to follow.