Our History

“Look straight ahead and FOCUS your eyes on what lies before you.”
~ Proverbs 4:25

Founder and owner, Lisa Fuentes, with her husband, Robert, joined with their family.


I first developed a love of working with special needs children when I was the Preschool Director at our church during the 1990s.  Special needs ministries were in their infancy, and I was so intrigued by the way churches were ministering to these families.

In the process of exploring this new field, I was blessed with the opportunity to further my education by getting my master’s degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Autism Spectrum Disorders. This paved the way to be able to work with families and children with autism and special needs.  I worked in a public-school district for several years and realized I wanted to go beyond the classroom to help families throughout the whole community.  In 2012, Focus Behavioral Associates opened and became the realization of that dream.  The need for these services is great, and in 2017, we opened a second location in the Spicewood/Bee Cave area. In October 2021, we continued to grow into 2 more clinics in Lakeway and Temple.

In January 2022, we moved into a building in North Austin. I’m so blessed to have an incredible staff that love serving our families and children.  I’m excited to see continual research and proven strategies as we continue to walk alongside families and to help them reach their most fulfilling and independent lives. The future is bright!

-Founder/Executive Director
Lisa Fuentes

Q&A with Lisa Fuentes published by Baylor University School of Education Impact publication

ABA Therapy

As the first privately owned center-based therapy center in Waco, Focus Behavioral Associates is founded on Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) principles and hires highly trained Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) and Registered Behavioral Therapists (RBT). We work with a variety of clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other cognitive disabilities. Each customized therapy is designed to treat and enhance client’s and caregiver’s lives by providing the necessary tools to improve their communication, social, and behavioral skill sets to live more independent lives.


FOCUS Behavioral has been recognized a number of times over the years for our accomplishments.


Baylor University Institute for Family Business
Texas Family Business of the Year, 2019

Watch the ceremony here!


Baylor University Institute for Family Business
Texas Family Business of the Year, 2016

More information on the BUIFFB


Baylor University Institute for Family Business
Texas Family Business of the Year, 2015