Leon Schmitz

Leon Schmitz

R. Leon Schmitz, M.A. L.P.A. – Mr. Schmitz was born in El Dorado, Arkansas, and grew up in Southern Arkansas & Northern Louisiana, graduating high school in Shreveport, Louisiana. He obtained a B.A. degree in psychology in 1975 from Louisiana State University in Shreveport, and attended graduate school at Baylor University in the Biopsychology program receiving an M.A. degree in Psychology in 1981.  He is licensed as a Psychological Associate with the State of Texas.Mr. Schmitz has been in clinical practice for over 30 years as part of Lake Shore Center joining the staff in 1981.  He has conducted programs for pain management, stress management, biofeedback training, relaxation training and cardiac rehabilitation as well as training residents in behavioral medicine at the Family Health Center.

His clinical approach is primarily cognitive behavioral, but also includes other forms of therapy. He has targeted providing affordable rates to allow everyone access to behavioral health services, focusing his practice on adults, young adults and couples therapy.

His hobbies include woodworking and restoring classic cars.  His current project is the restoration of a ‘82 El Camino.  He also enjoys spending time with his two adult sons and his two grandchildren residing in Austin, Texas.


Dr. Howe - September 2014

Dr. Alexander Howe

Michael Alexander Howe, Ph.D. – Dr. Alexander Howe was born in Dallas, Texas, and raised in San Antonio and Waco, Texas, graduating in 1966 from Richfield High School in Waco, TX, graduating in 1970 with a B.A. in Psychology from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX, graduating in 1977  with a M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Wichita State University in Wichita, KS, and graduating in 1987 with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND with an internship at the VA Medical Center and Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans. He served three years in the United States Army working in the Psychology/Social Work units in Texas and Alaska. He has a license as a Psychologist and Health Service Provider, is listed in the National Register for Health Service Providers, and is a Diplomate in Forensic Clinical Psychology. He maintains clinical service privileges at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, Providence Hospital, and the DePaul Center. He has been in private practice at Lake Shore Center since 1987.

Dr. Howe’s current clinical activities involve providing psychological and neuropsychological assessments to children, adolescents, and adults at the Lake Shore Center in Waco, Texas and the Clifton Medical Clinic in Clifton, Texas. Dr. Howe consults with Primary Care Physicians and Medical Specialists in clarifying and treating factors that create difficulties in a person’s medical health, functioning within school and work settings, and personal life/relationships. He provides psychological/neuropsychological  evaluations to the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, to individuals within the field of law enforcement/criminal justice, to individuals requiring psychological clearance from their respective state licensing boards, to individuals requesting  affirmation of memory deficits or dementia, to both children and adults to affirm/disconfirm attention deficit/hyperactivity, to children and adults requesting determination if they possess a specific learning disorder, to children and adults requiring placement in extended treatment facilities, and to individuals in extended care facilities, such as a nursing home. Dr. Howe maintains an active outpatient practice providing a cognitive-behavioral therapeutic approach in addressing emotional, behavioral and cognitive disorders within children, adolescents and adults.


Dr. Hardt

Dr. H. David Hardt

H. David Hardt, Ph.D., LCDC, CCGC, AAC. – He was born in New York, New York and raised in  Ft. Worth, Texas. He graduated with B.A. in 1957 and M.A. in 1959 degrees in Psychology from Texas Christian University and graduated with a Ph.D. degree in Counseling Psychology in 1963 from the University of Texas at Austin. He has a license as a Psychologist in the State of Texas and has been an associate with Lake Shore Center since 1990. He is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, and a Certified Compulsive Gambling Counselor. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals and the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors. He is the Director of the Better Way Chemical Dependency Program at Lake Shore Center.

Dr. Hardt’s current clinical activities involve working with individuals with alcohol and drug problems, mainly in “The Better Way” program, an intensive outpatient program. He also visits nursing home residents, providing assessments and treatments to individuals who are depressed, anxious, or having problems adjusting to changes in their lives.


Dr. Moore

Dr. Linda Moore

Linda B. Moore, Ed.D – Dr. Moore was born and raised in Texas. She graduated from Waco High school in Waco, TX, graduated with a B.A. in Education in 1974, an M.S. in Educational Psychology in 1989, and Ed.D. in Educational Psychology in 1994 from Baylor University in Waco, TX. She has taught within the public and private school systems in the Waco, Texas area. She has a license as a Psychologist in the State of Texas.  She has been in private practice and an associate at Lake Shore Center since 1993.

Dr. Moore’s current clinical activities involve providing psychotherapy to children, adults, families and couples. She provides psychological, psycheducational and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders evaluations, specializing in Mood Disorders, Depression, Anxiety and Panic Disorders.

Dr. Moore spends her free time enjoying home renovations and gardening.  She is an active member of Master Gardeners.  She also enjoys spending time with her 2 adult daughters and her cat Leo.

Diane Forte

Diane Forte


Diane Forté, MA, LPC – Diane completed her graduate training at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, receiving a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling in 2008.  Her undergraduate degree in Psychology in 2005 was also from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor.  Diane is licensed as a Professional Counselor by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors and is also credentialed as a National Certified Counselor by the National Board for Certified Counselors.  She is a member of the American Counseling Association, Texas Counseling Association, and the Texas Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development.

Diane began her counseling career working for a community mental health agency providing psychotherapy and case management for individuals with major mental illness and developmental disabilities.  In 2011 she entered private practice and founded Forte’ Psychotherapy, PLLC, now located at Lake Shore Center for Behavioral Health.

Her current clinical activities involve providing individual, couples’, and family therapy.  Her approach to counseling is based in existential and person-centered theory and varies according to the needs of the client.  She utilizes play therapy and experiential activities when working with children and adolescents.  Diane believes that instilling hope and empowerment are keys to assisting clients in moving toward their goals and accomplishing a greater quality of life.        

Diane is an avid Scuba diver and enjoys cooking creative and healthy meals with vegetables grown in her garden.  She also enjoys spending time with her husband and grown step-son, watching sporting events of all types, and taking care of her two beloved cats and Chiweenie puppy.


Kyna Lichtenstein

Kyna Lichtenstein

Kyna Lichtenstein, LCSW, Board Approved Supervisor – Kyna was born in Harlingen, Texas, and grew up in San Antonio. She received her BSW from Baylor University in 2007. In 2009, Kyna graduated from Baylor University with an MSW degree with a concentration in Physical and Mental Health and a specialization in working with children and adolescents with mental health diagnoses.

Kyna began her counseling career in an inpatient psychiatric hospital working with children and adolescents. She has more than five years of clinical experience working in an inpatient mental health facility with children, adolescents, and adults.  She entered private practice in 2012 and has been with Lake Shore Center for Behavioral Health since 2013. Kyna also enjoys providing supervision to social work students completing their field placement internships.

Her current clinical activities involve providing individual, couples’, and family therapy. Kyna utilizes an eclectic approach in counseling based in solution-focused, behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, and systems theory. She believes in looking at the big picture and utilizing a holistic approach in working with clients to help them achieve their goals.  Kyna works with a variety of presenting issues including mood and anxiety disorders, depression, low self-esteem, and coping with life transitions.

In her free time, Kyna enjoys spending time with family, exercising, and traveling. She also enjoys scrapbooking.