RBT (Registered Behavior Technician)
Anissa Avalos, RBT
Kethia Fleury joined FOCUS Therapy in Fort Myers as an ABA Coordinator in 2022.
Trained as a medical administrative assistant and medical billing & coding specialist, Fleury moved to South Florida from St. Maarten to start a career in the health care field. Her previous experience includes working as an ophthalmology assistant and as a medical biller and supervisor at a gastrointestinal doctor’s office. She is fluent not only in English, but also Spanish, French, and Haitian Creole.
She enjoys the friendly and caring environment at FOCUS Therapy.
In her spare time, she spends time with her sons, Facetimes with her mother in St. Maarten, and watches telenovelas (which is how she taught herself to understand/speak Spanish!). She is also a big soccer fan – especially when it comes to Lionel Messi.
RBT, Registered Behavior Technician
RBT, Registered Behavior Technician
Beau Voltz has been a licensed Registered Behavior Therapist at FOCUS Therapy since August 2021. He was drawn to ABA therapy after spending 17 years as a teacher in the Lee County School District.
“I believe I have been called to work with the youth in helping them reach their highest potential,” he said.
Through years of working with youth on the sports field as a coach and athletic director, to the classroom as a middle school teacher, Voltz looks to working in the clinical setting as his next great adventure.
As a native of Eau Claire, WI, Voltz graduated from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire with a bachelor’s degree in Special Education, specializing in learning and cognitive disabilities. In 2004, Voltz relocated to South Florida, where he took his teaching degree and worked with students with IEPs in the areas of reading and math. He had a gift for working with these students, as he was nominated 15 times for the Golden Teacher Award, as well as one of the only educators to be rated “Highly Effective” by the State of Florida 7 years in a row.
In 2020 he was approached about the opportunity to take his work with students in the classroom to children in the private, clinical setting. Voltz enrolled at Arizona State University and will graduate with his Master’s degree in Special Education Applied Behavior Analysis in the spring of 2022.
“After years of working in large group instruction, I have enjoyed the opportunity to work one on one with clients at FOCUS,” Voltz said. “Working with motivated clients and families has been one of the greatest joys of working at FOCUS.”
When not working at FOCUS Therapy, Voltz and his wife spend their free time, cheering on their two sons and daughter on the baseball field, basketball court, football field, and gymnastics mat.
Christie Lawrence has been a Registered Behavior Therapist at FOCUS since March 2019. She joined the ABA therapy team in after spending four years as an ESE paraprofessional in self-contained ESE and inclusion classrooms.
“I enjoy working with kids and helping them reach their highest potential,” Lawrence explained. “As a mom to son with autism, I understand the journey a lot of our parents are on. I find it rewarding to be a part of the process and facilitate a relationship with our kids and families.”
A native of Philadelphia, PA, Lawrence moved to Southwest Florida at age 12. Now with extensive personal and professional experience with children diagnosed on the autism spectrum, she particularly enjoys helping discover what motivates each child – and finding ways to use those interests to craft reinforcing activities through play to spur growth and development.
“FOCUS has such a unique, whole-child approach where meeting the needs of each individual child is such a priority,” Lawrence said. “FOCUS has created a culture where we collaborate and support patients and their families every step of the way, helping them to reach their highest potential.”
Her philosophy regarding ABA therapy is that play is the work of the child.
Lawrence is a parent board member with the American Diabetes Association through Golisano Children’s Hospital and a Type 1 diabetes advocate. She enjoys hiking with her husband and two children, and is passionate about a healthy lifestyle.