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My name is Jena Castro-Casbon, MS CCC-SLP (of The Independent Clinician and The Private Practice Solution).
I am part of a group of private practitioners who have taken client care into our own hands.
We are skilled clinicians who pride ourselves on providing high-quality care to our clients and their families.
We are fighting against productivity requirements, administrative red tape and unnecessary restrictions.
We started our own private practices to take control of our professional and personal lives. Of our schedules. Of our incomes. Of our future.
We work hard for our clients but on our terms.
We believe in helping others – but also helping ourselves.
We’re not interested in competing with each other. We hope that we all make it.
We are successful private practitioners and these are our stories.
Thank you for taking the time to listen to this interview.

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Private Practice Success Stories Jena Castro-Casbon

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My name is Jena Castro-Casbon, MS CCC-SLP (of The Independent Clinician and The Private Practice Solution).
I am part of a group of private practitioners who have taken client care into our own hands.
We are skilled clinicians who pride ourselves on providing high-quality care to our clients and their families.
We are fighting against productivity requirements, administrative red tape and unnecessary restrictions.
We started our own private practices to take control of our professional and personal lives. Of our schedules. Of our incomes. Of our future.
We work hard for our clients but on our terms.
We believe in helping others – but also helping ourselves.
We’re not interested in competing with each other. We hope that we all make it.
We are successful private practitioners and these are our stories.
Thank you for taking the time to listen to this interview.

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Faith and Private Practice with Kristin Kudarauskas

    Faith and Private Practice with Kristin Kudarauskas

    In this episode of Private Practice Success Stories, I sat down with Kristin Kudarauskas, a Start Your Private Practice and Grow Your Private Practice student, to talk about how she started a private practice that serves her community.
    Kristin shares her journey of starting her private practice, how her faith supported her through the entire process, and how she uses one of our Casefiller Strategies that we teach in the Grow Your Private Practice program.


    Kristin received her Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders from Emerson College in 2005. Considered a “Jackie of all trades,” she has served families and their loved ones from age 4 to 104 for over 17 years.


    Early on, she had the honor to work with students in various public and private school systems, with a specific focus on enhancing communication for students on the Autism Spectrum and with moderate to severe physical disabilities. Kristin transitioned to serving adults with both developmental and acquired speech, language, voice, cognitive, and swallow deficits. It has been her dream to open and thrive in her own private practice to serve the greater community in which she lives. She resides in Fredericksburg, VA with her husband, three children, and two dogs.


    Kristin holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, as well as her Speech-Language Pathology license in the state of Virginia. A lifelong learner, Kristin enjoys engaging in a variety of continuing education courses to ensure her treatment protocols are effective and timely, providing top-of-the-line evidence-based approaches.


    In Today's Episode, We Discuss:
    How Kristin knew it was time to start her private practice
    When she decided to go all-in on her private practice
    How Kristin’s faith has carried her through her private practice journey
    The values that Kristin operates her business around
    The importance of building trust within your community
    Creating a practice that serves you



    I have known Kristin for almost 20 years, so I may be a bit biased, but her dedication to her community and her values are truly inspiring. She is the perfect example of someone who had a great career as an SLP and worked in a variety of settings and then finally decided that she was ready to take full control over her professional, personal and financial life.


    If you want to know more about our programs and see how we supported Kristin and how we can help you too, make sure to visit https://www.independentclinician.com/ (www.independentclinician.com).


    Also, Private Practice Bootcamp starts TODAY! If you want help to plan a private practice that's perfect for you, https://www.startyourprivatepractice.com/sept2022-bootcamp-o (come join us! )This is our last big, free event of the year, so don't miss it.


    Resources Mentioned:
    Join the Private Practice Bootcamp: https://www.startyourprivatepractice.com/sept2022-bootcamp-o (https://www.startyourprivatepractice.com/sept2022-bootcamp-o)
    Check out Kristin’s website: https://www.chancellortherapysolutions.com/ (https://www.chancellortherapysolutions.com/)
    Follow Kristin on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chancellortherapy/ (https://www.instagram.com/chancellortherapy/)


    Where We Can Connect:
    Follow the Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/private-practice-success-stories/id1374716199
    Follow Me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/independentclinician/
    Follow Me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jena.castrocasbon/ (https://www.facebook.com/jena.castrocasbon/)
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Register for my free training How to Start a Private Practice Sooner, Easier, and More Profitably Than You've Imagined. Head to www.privatepracticetraining.com to sign up today.

    • 32 min
    From Her Kitchen Table to Two Locations with Michelle Eliason [Start Your Private Practice Mentor]

    From Her Kitchen Table to Two Locations with Michelle Eliason [Start Your Private Practice Mentor]

    Are you holding back from starting your private practice because you’re worried that you don’t have enough money saved up?
    This is what I hear from many SLPs and OTs, but you don’t actually have to have a bunch of money saved up! You can keep your costs very low at the start and grow as your practice grows.


    In today’s episode of Private Practice Success stories, I sat down with Michelle Eliason who didn’t let the investment scare her. She started her private practice debt-free from her kitchen table and now she has grown it to two different locations!


    Michelle Eliason is an Occupational Therapist and private practice owner. She began a consulting company in 2016 and now owns two neurological and physical restorative outpatient practices in New York as well as an online mentorship and resource site for occupational therapy students and practitioners seeking to utilize their full scope in clinical practice.


    Michelle is now an OT mentor for our Start Your Private Practice students where she teaches them how to market their services on a shoestring budget, and her trainings have been an invaluable resource.


    In Today's Episode, We Discuss:
    Why Michelle started her own private practice
    The importance of setting goals
    How Michelle started her business on a small budget
    Learning to think like a business owner
    How Michelle started multiple locations
    Why quality service over quantity is important
    Tips for growing your team



    I love how Michelle saw a need in her area and decided to fill it. She had a simple beginning and is now experiencing so much success. And guess what? You can do the same! If you have something to bring to the table, you can start from your kitchen table, just like Michelle did. Let us help you get there!


    If you want us to help you start or grow your SLP or OT private practice, please visit http://www.indepenendentclinician.com (www.IndepenendentClinician.com) to learn more about our free and paid programs!


    Resources Mentioned:
    Check out Michelle’s website: https://www.buffalooccupationaltherapy.com/ (https://www.buffalooccupationaltherapy.com/)
    Follow Michelle on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ot_outpatient/?hl=en (https://www.instagram.com/ot_outpatient/?hl=en)
    Check out the BOT program: https://www.buffalooccupationaltherapy.com/bot-portal-experience/ (https://www.buffalooccupationaltherapy.com/bot-portal-experience/)


    Where We Can Connect:
    Follow the Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/private-practice-success-stories/id1374716199 (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/private-practice-success-stories/id1374716199)
    Follow Me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/independentclinician/ (https://www.instagram.com/independentclinician/)
    Follow Me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jena.castrocasbon/ (https://www.facebook.com/jena.castrocasbon/)
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Register for my free training How to Start a Private Practice Sooner, Easier, and More Profitably Than You've Imagined. Head to www.privatepracticetraining.com to sign up today.

    • 27 min
    Getting Referrals from Doctors with Adult-Focused Private Practitioner Yasmin Rios-Schultz

    Getting Referrals from Doctors with Adult-Focused Private Practitioner Yasmin Rios-Schultz

    Referrals can be a powerful tool to utilize in your business. By serving your clients well and forming good relationships with others in related fields, you can change the trajectory of your private practice by receiving referrals.
    In today’s episode of Private Practice Success Stories, I sat down with Yasmin Rios-Schultz, a Start Your Private Practice student who grew her private practice to full-time and now gets a large number of referrals from doctors.


    Yasmin Rios-Schultz lives in Austin, TX with her husband, son, and dog. She has been an SLP for 13 years and has owned her adult-focused private practice, Lake Austin Speech Therapy, for 2 years.


    She is a mobile therapist and also provides telehealth for those who are outside of her driving range. She is a 6-time marathoner, and a lover of the outdoors, camping, road trips, and travel.


    She formed her private practice to be independent and in charge of the decision-making for her therapy services. She wanted to decide her own work hours and gain the flexibility for herself and her family that she didn’t previously have when working for another company.


    In Today's Episode, We Discuss:


    Getting clients through Medicare
    Tips for connecting with doctors to get referrals
    What Yasmin’s private practice looks like
    How private practices take time to build
    How her private practice helped Yasmin get Lasik surgery
    Yasmin’s plans for hiring help so that she can expand her practice
    The benefits of telehealth



    Yasmin is a perfect example of someone who has a lot to offer and physicians in her area are taking note and referring to her. She's working with her ideal client population on her own terms and filling a need in her community. And guess what? You can do that, too! Just like I helped Yasmin get started, I would love to help you get started too.


    It's almost Private Practice Bootcamp time! Our big FREE Private Practice Bootcamp event kicks off on September 26th. It's a 3-day event to help you plan a private practice that's perfect for you. It includes lots of participation prizes and giveaways!
    To register, please visit http://www.planyourprivatepractice.com (www.planyourprivatepractice.com).


    Whether you want to start a private practice or grow your existing private practice, I can help you get the freedom, flexibility, fulfillment, and financial abundance that you deserve. Visit my website https://www.independentclinician.com/ (www.independentclinician.com) to learn more.


    Resources Mentioned:
    Check out Yasmin’s website: https://www.lakeaustinspeechtherapy.com/ (https://www.lakeaustinspeechtherapy.com/)
    Connect with Yasmin on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lakeaustinspeechtherapy (https://www.facebook.com/lakeaustinspeechtherapy)


    Where We Can Connect:
    Follow the Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/private-practice-success-stories/id1374716199 (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/private-practice-success-stories/id1374716199)
    Follow Me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/independentclinician/ (https://www.instagram.com/independentclinician/)
    Follow Me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jena.castrocasbon/ (https://www.facebook.com/jena.castrocasbon/)
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Register for my free training How to Start a Private Practice Sooner, Easier, and More Profitably Than You've Imagined. Head to www.privatepracticetraining.com to sign up today.

    • 25 min
    Billing Medicaid and The Importance of Mentorship with Lydia Lacy

    Billing Medicaid and The Importance of Mentorship with Lydia Lacy

    As SLPs, a lot of us get into this profession because we just want to help people. Helping people is just what we do. And when we aren’t able to do that, it takes a serious toll on us emotionally. This quickly leads to burnout which can leave you feeling unhappy and unfulfilled.
    But you don’t have to stay that way. You can find more fulfillment by starting your own private practice where you get to build the life you want on your own terms.


    In this week’s episode of Private Practice Success Stories, I sat down with Lydia Lacy, who was feeling stuck and unfulfilled in her job. This led her to start her own private practice which has given her so much more happiness and fulfillment.


    Lydia started working for Detroit Public Schools right after graduating in May of 1999. She was placed in a Title 1 elementary school in the heart of the city and then moved around to other settings throughout the district. Lydia and her family moved to Georgia in 2011 where she continued to work in education. She has over 20 years of experience working in the school setting serving students from preschool to high school.


    When it was time for a change of pace, she switched over to working for a private practice in 2018 but then moved back to the school setting as a contractor. That’s when she decided that maybe it was time for her to start her own private practice.
    While researching, she came across Jena’s website and joined her Facebook group then reached out to some local therapists to ask more questions!


    As a married mother with four children, Lydia is very busy working her full-time position in the schools while growing her part-time business, Katalyst Speech Therapy. It can be stressful at times trying to navigate each role, but she wouldn’t have it any other way.


    In her free time, she enjoys exercising, reading, spending time with her kids, and dating her handsome husband.


    In Today's Episode, We Discuss:


    Lydia’s journey to starting her own private practice
    The power of connecting with other people in the profession
    How Lydia finds clients
    The benefits of being an insurance provider
    Lydia’s experience with accepting Medicaid
    The importance of having a mentor when starting a private practice



    I hope you found this episode inspirational. I love Lydia’s persistence and how she finally took the steps and started her private practice. She is the perfect example of someone who wanted to do it, did it, and is now encouraging others to go for it too.


    If you would like to learn more about our programs and how we support SLPs and OTS who want our help to start and grow their private practices, please visit https://www.independentclinician.com/ (www.independentclinician.com. )


    Resources Mentioned:
    Visit Lydia’s website: https://www.katalystspeechtherapy.com/ (https://www.katalystspeechtherapy.com/)


    Where We Can Connect:
    Follow the Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/private-practice-success-stories/id1374716199 (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/private-practice-success-stories/id1374716199)
    Follow Me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/independentclinician/ (https://www.instagram.com/independentclinician/)
    Follow Me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jena.castrocasbon/ (https://www.facebook.com/jena.castrocasbon/)
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Register for my free training How to Start a Private Practice Sooner, Easier, and More Profitably Than You've Imagined. Head to www.privatepracticetraining.com to sign up today.

    • 23 min
    Building a Private Practice for Flexibility (Including Time for Tennis) with Tracy Droege OTR, MS

    Building a Private Practice for Flexibility (Including Time for Tennis) with Tracy Droege OTR, MS

    Are you dreaming of more flexibility so that you have time for the things that you love?
    Starting a private practice is the perfect way to live life on your own terms. You set your hours and you decide what’s important to you. Since it’s your private practice, you get to run it how you see fit.


    In this episode of Private Practice Success Stories, I sat down with Tracy Droege to talk about how she grew her private practice with flexibility in mind so that she could still make time for her other passion- tennis. Tracy shares her goals for hiring, marketing tips, and how she plans to integrate systems as she grows.


    Tracy Droge is an occupational therapist and certified ADHD provider in Temple, Texas. She started her OT private practice, The Rise Center, in order to have more flexibility as she cared for a sick family member. Although it was born out of a sad situation, she has been able to turn it into a happy one by caring for children and families who benefit from her services.


    In Today's Episode, We Discuss:


    How Tracy has created her practice around her life
    Tips for prioritizing things that are important
    When Tracy decided to start growing her private practice
    The hiring process
    The systems that have helped Tracy grow her business
    How Tracy stepped into the CEO role
    Time management tips for private practice owners



    I hope you found this episode inspiring. I love how Tracy created a private practice with flexibility in mind. Between caring for family members and her tennis career, having flexible hours has allowed her to have significantly more control over her time than she would if she was working in a regular setting.


    Want help to grow your private practice and get some help with hiring? Visit http://www.growyourprivatepractice.com (www.GrowYourPrivatePractice.com) to learn more about how we can help!


    Whether you want to start a private practice or grow your existing private practice, I can help you get the freedom, flexibility, fulfillment, and financial abundance that you deserve. Visit my website https://www.independentclinician.com/ (www.independentclinician.com) to learn more.


    Resources Mentioned:
    Check out Tracy’s website: https://risecentertx.com/occupational-therapy (https://risecentertx.com/occupational-therapy)
    Follow The Rise Center on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/risecentertx/ (https://www.facebook.com/risecentertx/)


    Where We Can Connect:
    Follow the Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/private-practice-success-stories/id1374716199 (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/private-practice-success-stories/id1374716199)
    Follow Me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/independentclinician/ (https://www.instagram.com/independentclinician/)
    Follow Me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jena.castrocasbon/ (https://www.facebook.com/jena.castrocasbon/)
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Register for my free training How to Start a Private Practice Sooner, Easier, and More Profitably Than You've Imagined. Head to www.privatepracticetraining.com to sign up today.

    • 36 min
    How to Build Your Private Practice by Taking Little Steps Every Day with Liz Seagrave Tantareanu

    How to Build Your Private Practice by Taking Little Steps Every Day with Liz Seagrave Tantareanu

    Do you feel overwhelmed by the idea of starting a private practice?
    Many SLPs and OTs feel that way and it’s totally understandable. Starting a whole business can seem like an impossible task when you are already dealing with overflowing caseloads. Rest assured, it can still be done! By taking little steps every day, you will be ready to take on your first private practice clients in no time.


    In today’s episode of Private Practice Success Stories, I sat down with Liz Seagrave Tantareanu to talk about how she did it little by little and now has a successful practice. You’ll also learn how she became a Medicare provider and how she deals with things like people pleasing and perfectionism.


    Liz is the founder of Golden Coast Speech Therapy Services in San Rafael, California, and has been a practicing speech-language pathologist for over 10 years. Liz's clinical interests include neurogenic voice disorders and Parkinson’s Disease, care of the professional voice, gender-affirming voice therapy, early intervention for language delays and speech sound disorders, and literacy development. She is trained in LSVT LOUD®, SPEAK OUT!®, PhoRTE voice therapy, and Hanen: It Takes Two to Talk®.


    Liz received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Washington. Her graduate work included research in the Vocal Function Lab at UW, investigating the construct of listener effort and speech intelligibility in individuals following total laryngectomy.


    She completed a graduate internship at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford and a Clinical Fellowship at the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System in West Los Angeles. She has worked across a range of settings and patient populations, including an interdisciplinary pediatric clinic, preschool early intervention classrooms, and acute and outpatient care, before founding Golden Coast Speech Therapy Services in 2020.


    In Today's Episode, We Discuss:


    How Liz got started in the profession and decided to start a private practice
    When Liz decided to make her first hire
    How becoming a Medicare provider grew her business
    Why confidence comes from taking action
    The importance of doing it scared
    How private practice allows Liz full control of her professional and personal life
    The benefits of taking small steps to start your own practice



    It’s totally possible to jump into your private practice if that’s what you want. Just remember that it’s also okay if you just want to dabble and take it slow. As long as you do something to move the needle forward, even if it’s just writing what you want down on paper, you’re one step closer to making it happen.


    Liz is the perfect example of taking small steps to help you build big dreams. If you want to learn how we help SLPs and OTs start, grow and scale private practices, please visit http://www.independentclinician.com (www.IndependentClinician.com).


    Resources Mentioned:
    Check out Liz’s website: https://www.goldencoastspeech.com/ (https://www.goldencoastspeech.com/)
    Follow Liz on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/goldencoastspeech (https://www.facebook.com/goldencoastspeech)
    Podcast episode with Rene Robles and Christina Ramos: https://independentclinician.com/where-are-they-now-did-they-open-five-clinics-in-five-years-with-rene-robles-and-cristina-ramos-ccc-slp/ (https://independentclinician.com/where-are-they-now-did-they-open-five-clinics-in-five-years-with-rene-robles-and-cristina-ramos-ccc-slp/)


    Where We Can Connect:
    Follow the Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/private-practice-success-stories/id1374716199 (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/private-practice-success-stories/id1374716199)
    Follow Me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/independentclinician/
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    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
66 Ratings

66 Ratings

ally14850 ,

Jena and her team focus on success for all!

The Independent Clinician is an amazing business that makes starting your private practice straight forward. This podcast shares great stories and is beyond inspirational in these difficult times!

Gloriner ,

Inspiring & Amazing SLP stories

I found Jena’s podcasts in May 2018 as I was making the decision to leave the schools. The stories she shares through the SLPs on her podcast are so inspiring and motivating that it led me to believe I can do this too! Almost four years later after finding her podcast, I still listen to each story and continue to find inspiration in each SLP’s journey to private practice. I even had the honor to share my story and hope it inspires others to know they too can create the business and life they love! Jena is authentic in her mission to help us find our own way as SLPs and business women and these stories help us know that we can do this!

staci@universalspeech ,

SLP

I only wish I had a program like Jena's years ago! Jena's Grow Your Private Practice Program in additon to these Podcasts have given me the knowledge, structure, and inspiration needed to run a successful private practice! Thank you Jena!

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