About Advanced ABA


Advanced ABA was founded in 2012 to provide high quality services to children and their families. We provide research-based practices based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and years of clinical experience. We believe in the highest standards and we strive to provide responsive, competent, and quality services.

Our Team

  • April Ringer, M.A., BCBA

    Founder/Chief Executive Officer

    April began working with children and teens in 2001. She started her career in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in 2008, where she worked as a behavior technician providing therapy for children while attending California State University, Sacramento. April gained experience working with children with special needs, ranging from ages 15 months to 20 years old. April received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology in 2009 and continued to work in the field of ABA within a variety of environments including home, school, and community settings. April received a Master of Arts Degree in Teaching with a specialization in ABA from National University in 2012 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) later that year.

    April established Advanced ABA, Inc. in 2012 with the mission to provide quality services to families using the principles of ABA. She ensures the delivery of qualitative services by individualizing the methodology to each child, as well as focusing on providing effective Parent Training for long-term success. She enjoys training others in ABA, creating and maintaining a positive team-work environment, and utilizing ABA techniques in all areas of her life, including with her 2 young daughters.

  • Amy Wilson, M.S., BCBA

    Executive Clinical Director

    Amy has been working in the field of ABA since May 2000. She started out providing direct, in-home treatment to individuals with ASD and a variety Developmental Delays. Amy has worked in many different environments, such as center-based services, and in the home, school, and community settings, with individuals from 16 months to 21 years of age. She has Bachelor’s Degrees in both Psychology and Human Development which she earned in 2000 from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. In 2014, Amy received her Master’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from Kaplan University. She became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2015.

    Her passion for ABA started when she was first introduced to the field and it has grown over the years. Amy joined the Advanced ABA team in 2015. As a BCBA and the Executive Clinical Director with Advanced ABA, Amy’s primary focus is providing quality services to individuals with ASD in the Santa Clara County Area. Her compassion for those working in the field as well as the clients and their families drives her to continue to work in ABA, and to love what she does. She is especially interested in ensuring quality parent training to assist with generalization and continued growth for children. Amy strives to see parents gain the knowledge and confidence to understand their role in helping their child to grow and gain new skills. Amy is an advocate for the use of ABA for anyone and has implemented strategies on her own son since he was a baby. In her free time, you will find Amy spending quality time with her family and enjoying the beach.

  • Brittany Kravets, M.Ed., BCBA

    Clinical Director

    Brittany received her bachelor's degree in biology from Boston University in 2005, and worked in animal behavior from 2005 to 2009. She began working with children on the autism spectrum in 2009, as a classroom aide in an Autism-specific classroom in Pennsylvania. She then moved on to work as a behavioral therapist providing in-home services for children and teens aged 2-18. Brittany received her master's degree in Educational Psychology from Edinboro University in 2012, and was promoted to a supervisor shortly after.

    In 2014, Brittany moved to California and began working at Advanced ABA as a Behavior Consultant. At that time, she also began to work towards her Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification. Brittany became a BCBA in August 2016, and was promoted to Clinical Director in December 2016. She now supports the staff at Advanced ABA (Behavior Technicians and Behavior Consultants) and works with families to make meaningful behavior change in their lives. Brittany loves working with families and individuals of all kinds, but she particularly enjoys working on social and daily living skills with older children and teens.

  • Megan Mantegani, M.S., BCBA

    Senior Behavior Consultant

    Megan has been working with children for the majority of her life, from babysitting her niece and nephew, to working as a nanny for children with Asperger’s Syndrome in 2010. Born in California then moved across the country at an early age, she grew up in Georgia and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in psychology in 2013 from Kennesaw State University. In late 2014, she returned to California and began her career in Applied Behavior Analysis as a behavior technician with Advanced ABA.

    Megan began her graduate program in 2015 while continuing to gain experience working with children on the Autism spectrum. In June of 2016, she was promoted from behavior technician to behavior consultant. Megan received a Master of Science Degree in Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis from Capella University in 2017 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) later that year. She enjoys using the principles of ABA to help individuals become more independent in their everyday lives with a focus on increasing functional communication through vocal language or the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). She also enjoys teaching her husband the principles of ABA. He likes to practice them on their cat, Zoey, who refuses to learn.

  • Ashley O’Connor, B.A.

    Behavior Consultant

    Ashley has been working with children since high school, starting as a soccer coach to children from ages 3 to 10 years old where she fell in love with teaching kiddos. Ashley received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Early Childhood Development from California State University, East Bay, in 2014. During this time Ashley worked for the sports camp Skyhawks where she first got experience working with children with special needs and knew that she wanted to turn it into a career.

    Ashley started her career in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2015 as a Behavior Technician at Advanced ABA where she gained more experience with individuals with ASD in homes, schools, and in the community. She became a Senior Behavior Technician in 2017 when she realized she wanted to further her education and work towards advancing her career with Advanced ABA. Later in 2017, Ashley was promoted to Behavior consultant and is currently a Graduate Student at Capella University earning her Master’s of Science Degree in Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis and is working towards taking the BCBA exam in 2019.

    She loves everything about ABA and enjoys working with parents and Behavior Technicians on how to effectively implement ABA strategies to teach kiddos to increase their independence and functional communication. Ashley uses ABA in her everyday life with family, friends, and even her soccer teammates (especially providing specific praise!). When she is not at work you can find her studying, playing soccer, and attending San Jose Earthquakes and San Jose Sharks games.

  • Bailey McNab, B.A.

    Behavior Consultant

    Bailey started working with kids with ASD in 2012. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Child and Adolescent Development from San Jose State University in 2017. Bailey is currently working on her Master's Degree in Psychology: Applied Behavior Analysis from Purdue Global University.

    Bailey started working at Advanced ABA in November of 2016. Her responsibilities include reviewing lesson plans, providing support to Behavior Technicians in the field, and working on parent goals during sessions and meetings. She proactively collaborates with the Clinical Director to assure that each client's needs are being met.

    She enjoys ABA because it is a process that is highly individualized for each client to promote growth in those with ASD. ABA is also fun! It can involve play and socialization while introducing real-world situations. She’s excited to meet all her families and can’t wait to get started!

  • Katie Socha, M.A.

    Behavior Consultant

    Katie began working with children and teens in 2009. She volunteered with the Best Buddies program and worked as a peer support counselor while attending school at San Diego State University. In 2014, Katie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, and went on to continue her education at Santa Clara University. During this time, Katie started working for Advanced ABA where her passion for working with children became more specialized in working with children with special needs.

    Katie graduated with a Masters in Counseling Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy in 2017 and is currently accruing hours towards her Marriage and Family Therapist Licensure working with children in a school based setting. She is also attending UC Santa Barbra to earn credits towards obtaining her Board Certified Behavior Analyst certification (BCBA).

    Katie started at Advanced ABA in 2015 as a Behavior Technician, and in 2017 became a Senior Behavior Technician. More recently, Katie was promoted to Behavior Consultant where she provides other staff members and families with trainings and ongoing support. Katie enjoys working with children and their families and teaching families different ABA techniques.

  • Melissa Taganas

    Behavior Consultant

    Melissa has been working with kids since 2012. She started assisting with a junior dance competition team and knew from there she wanted a career involving kids. Melissa received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Movement Science from San Jose State University in 2012. After her time as an undergraduate, Melissa worked as a Physical Therapy (PT) aide and was a PT volunteer in the pediatrics department at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.

    Melissa started as a Behavior Technician at Advanced ABA in 2016. She was promoted to Senior Behavior Technician a year later and started leading Social Skills Groups in 2018. Leading the Social Skills Groups has been Melissa’s favorite position here at Advanced ABA. Melissa’s passion for ABA has grown over time as new opportunities arose for her. She loves training new Behavior Technicians and constantly acquiring new skills in the field. Melissa is currently working on her master's degree as an aspiring BCBA.

    Outside of work, Melissa enjoys being outdoors playing sports with family or going on hikes. You can also find her at baseball games watching the awesome Buster Posey play catcher for the San Francisco Giants!

  • Kayla Wallace

    Behavior Consultant

    Kayla received her bachelor's in psychology from San Diego State University in 2015 and is now pursuing a master's degree in psychology from Capella University. Kayla has been working with children for over ten years, starting as a babysitter and then as a child watch attendant at the YMCA before becoming a registered behavior technician. Kayla has been in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis for 3 years as a Registered Behavior Technician and is now a Behavior Consultant. Kayla is most interested in helping kids on the spectrum with their social and functional communication skills.

    When she is not working, you can find Kayla watching sports like football and hockey. Kayla also enjoys playing sports, hiking, watching TV, and hanging out with her husband and dog.

Our Mission

Advanced ABA is committed to helping children and teens have a successful learning experience and reach their full potential by providing quality services using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis.