Who We Are

The M Center was founded by two mothers on a mission, Dr. Maia and Dr. Monica. After walking through the experience of healing our own children with a Functional Medicine approach, we discovered our children were a catalyst to the realization of our life mission – to share our expertise, insight, and healing approaches with other families like our own.

Since we have personally experienced Autism, ADHD, anxiety, Sensory Processing Disorder, and learning difficulties, we truly understand the physical, mental, and financial stresses that are placed on the entire family. It is our mission to offer a medical home for all families, so they may be heard and cared for.

By combining our skills, expertise, and experiences, the concept of healing from the heart was born. Our experiences from both sides of the exam table as patients, parents, and healthcare professionals has provided us with priceless insight to help others along their journey to healing.

Our Founders

Dr. Maia

Maia Walton, MD

Chief Medical Officer

I am a Board-Certified Pediatrician and a member of the Institute for Functional Medicine. I completed my internship and residency at the prestigious Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA) and have been practicing for 20 years. I remained on staff at CHLA and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills until moving to Georgia where I am now also on staff at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. I am Board Certified by The American Board of Pediatrics and an active member of the Institute for Functional Medicine and the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS). I have two children ages 12 and 10.

Monica Beckham, PhD, FMCHC CEO/Clinical Director

Monica Beckham, PhD, BCNWP, FMCHC

CEO and Clinical Director

I’m Dr. Monica Beckham and I hold a doctorate in Health Communication & Research. I am also a Board Certified Natural Wellness Practitioner as well as a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach, through the Institute of Functional Medicine. I am a Certified Mind-Body Integration Specialist as well as a Certified Holistic Fitness Specialist. I specialize in personalized genetic nutrition analysis, holistic treatment options, biofeedback and energetic healing. Through a personalized plan for your child, I work with your family to provide education, guidance, and support through the ups and downs of healing your child! I have an amazing 8-year-old son.

Our Philosophy

Our goal is to help families separate signal from noise. Parents today are bombarded with confusing and often conflicting information regarding the optimal way to raise their children. The M Center helps parents parse through this information, creating a meaningful, personalized, and unified plan for how to help your child grow to be their best selves. The M Center uses a Functional Medicine paradigm to identify underlying patterns within a constellation of behavioral and health symptoms in children and adolescents. Once this key information is teased out, families can chart a course toward wellness.

We firmly believe in a collaborative care approach with our families. We do not believe in predetermined protocols as every patient is an individual. The journey to healing is a process that does not move in a straight line. We encourage parents to bring any and all information to us regarding research they may have discovered, things they may have heard from a friend or an online forum, or any other questions or curiosities. We believe in open and honest dialogue as something you mention could be beneficial for your child and others!

We look forward to meeting your family and joining you on our healing journey!

Meet the Team

Kimberly Crouse

Kimberly Steinberg, P-NP

I am a board certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. I earned my Masters of Science in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University in 2012. I enjoyed working in pediatric primary care in Potomac, MD until my husband, Mark, and I relocated to the Atlanta area in 2015. Since then, I have acquired nearly six years of specialty experience in pediatric otolaryngology. I prioritize a holistic approach to health and wellness while providing patient- and family-centered care. I am currently training to become a certified yoga teacher in March 2021. When I’m not practicing yoga, I enjoy reading, cooking, and creating new recipes. My husband and I love animals and have two Shiba Inus, a cat, and growing coral reef tank.

Heather Hackett-Hayes, BCBA

Heather Hackett-Hayes, BCBA

Heather Hackett-Hayes, BCBA has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2008. She began her studies in her home province of Newfoundland and Labrador at Memorial University of Newfoundland and continued her undergraduate degree in psychology at Simon Fraser University. She then completed her Masters in Special Education from Seattle University. Heather completed her BCBA coursework at the University of Northern Texas while under the supervision of Dr. Robyn Catagnus. Currently she is completing a doctorate program at Arizona State University in Integrated Behavioral Health. During her studies she has worked as a behavior therapist, group home manager, special education director and is the founder and Clinical Director of two Applied Behavior Analysis clinics in Georgia. Her skills include completing functional behavior assessments, implementing parent training, advocating in IEP’s and developing family friendly behavior intervention plans. Teaching social skills to individuals with intellectual disabilities has also been a focus of her work. She has worked in person and remotely with clients from Canada, the US, and India.

She currently leads a staff of 51 people including interns, Registered Behavior Technicians and Behavior Analysts. Heather has worked in private schools, public schools, group homes, clinics, hospitals and client homes to provide services to individuals primarily diagnosed with autism. She has presented at various conferences to include WIBA (Women in Behavior Analysis) and GABA (Georgia Association for Behavior Analysis) on leadership, functional behavior assessment and developing comprehensive social skills instruction. Heather has served on the Board of Directors of Erin’s Hope for Friends (Non-profit foundation that serves young adults on the spectrum), Board of Directors for MDE School (non-profit private school) and Autism Speaks of Georgia. She is also an ACE BACB CEU provider.

Heather has served children and adults with developmental disabilities for over 26 years and has been recognized for her dedication to the dissemination of ABA and her advocacy efforts to improve educational and vocational opportunities for young adults on the spectrum. Her hope is to improve training opportunities for clinicians in rural areas and to improve the health outcomes of those impacted by autism. Increasing positive health outcomes of the entire family unit by providing integrated services is a mission of her work.

"It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has." -Hippocrates