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

  • Bailey Bakken, M.S., BCBA

    Executive Clinical Director

    Bailey has been working with children with special needs since 2012. She received her undergraduate degree in Child and Adolescent Development from San Jose State University in 2017. In 2019, Bailey earned her graduate degree in Psychology with an Applied Behavior Analysis focus from Purdue Global University. Shortly thereafter, she became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

    In 2016, she started working for Advanced ABA. As Executive Clinical Director, Bailey manages incoming clients, monitors caseloads, communicates with insurances, and provides support, feedback, and professional development to the Clinical Directors, Behavior Consultants, and Behavior Technicians throughout the company.

    Bailey enjoys ABA because it is a process that is highly individualized to promote growth in autistic individuals. She is also highly interested in the updates in the ABA field to further create an ethical and individualistic space for learners. In her spare time, Bailey enjoys reading, nature, and puzzles and often finds herself immersed in a Netflix show or two.

  • Jennifer Kolp, M.Ed., BCBA

    Hiring / Training Director

    Jennifer has been working with children since 2011. She started as a swim instructor and had her first experience volunteering with a child with ASD in 2015. Through that encounter, she decided to seek a career involving children on the spectrum. Jennifer got her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development from UC Davis in 2017 and received her Masters in Education at Arizona State in Curriculum and Instruction (ABA) in 2019. A couple years later, she became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in 2021.

    Jennifer started working at Advanced ABA in September of 2017 as a Registered Behavior Technician. Since then, she’s had experience as a Senior Behavior Technician, Social Group Lead, and Behavior Consultant. Now, Jennifer is the Hiring and Training Director at Advanced ABA ensuring the addition of quality staff and providing support for all current team members. Jennifer not only loves seeing the positive change that ABA has provided for clients, but also the growth in the Advanced ABA staff members. Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys playing volleyball, checking out new restaurants, and hanging out with her husband.

  • Kayla Wallace, M.S., BCBA

    Clinical Director

    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.

  • Hannah Smith, M.Ed., BCBA

    Senior Behavior Consultant

    Hannah started working with kids with ASD in the field of ABA in 2013. She received her master's degree from Pennsylvania State University in 2019. She joined the Advanced ABA team in January of 2023 as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Behavior Consultant. She has a passion for NET and loves seeing her families incorporate mastered goals into their daily routine! She loves seeing her patients' confidence grow as they learn and develop.

    In her free time, Hannah enjoys spending time with her daughter, hiking, playing volleyball, and trying new restaurants!

  • Tori Bellin, B.A., RBT

    Behavior Consultant

    Tori has always had a passion for working with children. At a young age of 13 Tori started babysitting for family friends and kids in her neighborhood. In 2014 she began coaching softball and in 2015 began her career as a nanny while earning her undergraduate degree. In 2021 Tori graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Family and Child Studies from San Francisco State University.

    Shortly after graduating, Tori began working for Advanced ABA as a Behavior Technician. Tori fell in love with ABA and worked her way up to Senior Behavior Technician where she helped train new Behavior Technicians, and Early Intervention Specialist where she worked with young clients under the age of 3. She is now working as a Behavior Consultant and is completing her Master’s Degree in ABA from National University.

    What Tori loves about ABA is the opportunity to get to know each client and family individually, and give them the support they need while learning new skills. She loves incorporating fun activities and play with learning and finding new ways to motivate her clients. In Tori's spare time you can probably find her at a baseball game, concert, or at the park with her dog.

  • Ashley Brown, B.S., RBT

    Behavior Consultant

    Ashley began working with kids in 2009 as a staff member for the Boys and Girls club. Ashley found her calling in working with children with special needs/ kids with ASD in 2012 when she began working as an Instructor Level one at a school for children with special needs and behavioral concerns. She went to San Jose City College and received her A.A. in Psychology before transferring to CSU Eastbay and obtaining a B.S. in psychology.

    Ashley is currently enrolled at Capella University and is working towards her Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with a specialization in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Ashley’s goal is to become a BCBA and join Advanced ABA’s Clinical Directors Team. Ashley began working with Advanced ABA as a Behavior Technician in 2018. She has had many roles while working with Advanced ABA including the following: Registered Behavior Technician, Senior Behavior Technician, Social Skills Group Lead, Office Manager, and has also assisted with Scheduling. Ashley is currently a Behavior Consultant. Ashley enjoys working with clients and their families. She also likes the challenges her new role has given her such as coaching parents and BTs.

    Outside of ABA, Ashley enjoys spending quality time with her daughter, family, and friends. She loves taking her daughter to amusement parks such as Happy Hollow, Gilroy Gardens, and Great America. You can also find Ashley watching HGTV in her spare time and imagining new ways to remodel her room or house.

  • Micaela Castro, M.S., RBT

    Behavior Consultant

    Micaela has been working with kids since 2004 as an associate child psychotherapist in her hometown in Baguio City, Philippines. She received her Master of Science Degree in Psychology in 2011 from Saint Louis University. She later practiced as a registered psychologist and psychometrician in Psych Up: The Therapy Center, a psychological center that she co-founded with friends in 2016, where she conducted assessment and provided therapy to children, teens, adults and families with various concerns.

    Micaela started working at Advanced ABA in 2021. From being a registered behavior technician, she moved up to become a Senior BT in less than a year then to an Early Intervention Specialist. She enjoys working with kids and seeing them improve their skills and behaviors through ABA intervention. Micaela looks forward to her new role as a Behavior Consultant, providing support to behavior technicians as well as training parents and caregivers.

    In her spare time, Micaela enjoys cooking, gardening and watching movies/basketball. She also loves hiking and traveling with her husband and daughter.

  • Crystal Espinoza, B.A., RBT

    Behavior Consultant

    Crystal received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Fresno State University in 2020. She has worked with kids since 2012 first with tutoring high school students. After receiving her B.A. Crystal decided to test out different fields in psychology before making her decision to further her education.

    During her postgraduate studies, Crystal began working at Advanced ABA at the end of November 2020. She later became a Registered Behavior Technician March 2021. She really liked the ABA field teaching kids new positive strategies for behaviors. Later in November Crystal became a Senior Behavior Technician. Crystal also helped with leading the Social Skills Group.

    After a year of working in the ABA field Crystal decided to pursue her higher education in the ABA field. Crystal hopes to become a BCBA and receive her Master of Science Degree from National University in 2024.

    When she is not working you can find Crystal studying, spending time with her family and animals, exercising, traveling, or working on her family’s ranch.

  • Charlene Estolas, M.S., RBT

    Behavior Consultant

    Charlene received her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from San Jose State University in 2016. During her post-undergraduate, Charlene began working with children as a recreation instructor teaching tumbling and gymnastics, then transitioned to working with children with ASD as an inclusive dance/movement instructor at a non-profit organization in the Bay Area.

    Charlene started working at Advanced ABA as a Behavior Technician in 2019 and a year later, became a Senior Behavior Technician. She also helped with leading the Social Skills Group. The experiences and opportunities she’s had at Advanced ABA helped play a role in furthering her career in ABA, in hopes to become a BCBA. Charlene received her Master of Science degree in Psychology from Capella University in 2021.

    Charlene enjoys teaching play, social, and functional communication skills and finds joy in watching how much a child can achieve through ABA. In her spare time, she likes watching TV/movies and spending time with friends and family.

  • Leanne Navarro, M.S., RBT

    Behavior Consultant

    Leanne received her bachelor’s in Recreational Therapy from San Jose State University in 2018. She had always seen herself working with children and decided to take a step into the Applied Behavior Analysis field in 2018. Since then, she has loved working in the field and enjoys every aspect of working with individuals with autism. After a few months of working at Advanced ABA, Leanne decided to pursue higher education in the ABA field. She is currently working on her master’s degree from Capella University to become a BCBA.

    Leanne enjoys working at Advanced ABA as a Senior BT and as a Social Skills Group Lead. The best part about her role at Advanced ABA is being able to provide support to other Behavior Technicians, educating and training parents, and leading a group in a clinic-based setting.

    When she is not working, you can find her studying or spending time with friends and family. She also enjoys traveling, watching Netflix, and being outdoors.

  • Taylor Rollins, M.S., RBT

    Behavior Consultant

    Taylor received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with a minor in human development and family studies from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2020. Prior to ABA, Taylor worked in supported living arrangements for adults with intellectual disabilities and ASD as a direct support staff. In 2019, Taylor discovered the field of Applied Behavior Analysis at her undergraduate university’s training clinic and started working as a registered behavior technician. There, she provided services to multicultural and low-income families with clients between the ages of 2 through 18 and has been in the field ever since.

    Taylor holds a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Pepperdine University and is studying to sit for the BCBA summer 2023. She started working at Advanced ABA in March of 2021 as a Behavior Technician. In August of 2021 Taylor became a Senior Behavior Technician and is now a Behavior Consultant. Taylor loves seeing the progress that ABA helps clients and families achieve and providing support to behavior technicians and caregivers.

    Outside of work, Taylor enjoys reading, rock climbing, hiking, and exploring new restaurants.

  • Dang Trinh, M.A., RBT

    Behavior Consultant/SSG Lead
  • Rikky Bakken

    Scheduler / Administrator

    Rikky is the scheduler and administrator for Advanced ABA. Rikky coordinates with the Behavior Technicians, the Behavior Consultants, and the clients' family to schedule our one-on-one services. Rikky is the contact for any urgent scheduling needs, such as cancellations of sessions, postponing sessions, changing availability, etc. Rikky is also responsible for behind-the-scenes administrative work for the company.

    Rikky has been with Advanced ABA since June of 2022.

    Rikky enjoys playing video games, as well as consuming sports media, whether that be through written articles, or sports debate shows. Rikky also thoroughly enjoys listening and playing music, and has a high interest in Sound Engineering. Rikky also creates online content dedicated to reacting and listening to new music.

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.