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Approaches to Diversifying Your SLP Private Practice (PD102782)

Presenter(s): Tamala Hutchinson Close, MS, CCC-SLP; Britney Whitaker Desir, MS, CCC-SLP
Course Description

In many instances, SLPs who look to venture into entrepreneurship face the question of how to structure their business. You may have questions such as: Should I lease or purchase a brick and mortar office? Should I recruit employees vs. subcontractors? What is my target client population? Should I develop a niche to attract more clients? Should I accept insurance? This session discusses various strategies that you can implement to answer these questions and diversify your new or established practice.

This course is a recorded session from the 2023 online conference "Keys to a Successful SLP Private Practice."

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Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • Identify areas within your business plan to diversify your practice 
  • Develop objectives to target in your growth development plan 
  • Locate resources to implement the areas you identified for diversification

Presenter Information

Tamala H. Close, MS, CCC-SLP (she/her/hers) is an African American speech-language pathologist and the founder of SLP Private Practice in Color. She is a Dallas, Texas, native who received her undergraduate degree from the University of Houston and graduate degree from Southern University A&M. Upon graduation, she moved to Florida, where she worked at a skilled nursing facility, and it was at the end of that tenure she decided to go PRN to launch her own private practice. She then formed Close to Perfection Speech Therapy Services, LLC in May 2018. It was the mentorship of two African American SLP private practice owners and their willingness to disseminate their knowledge that gave her the idea to found SLP Private Practice in Color Facebook group to provide a safe space for resources, networking, and mentorship for clinicians of color who decided to step out on faith and form their own practice. She has recently relocated back to Dallas, Texas, and formed Close to Perfection Therapy Services, PLLC. She urges us all to utilize the platform and be a stepping stone and constant resource for each other. She believes there is undoubtedly enough space for us all to grow and flourish as independent contractors and private practice owners.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation 
  • Owner of Therapeutic Endeavors and SLP Private Practice in Color

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Britney W. Desir, MS, CCC-SLP (she/her/hers) graduated from Florida State University cum laude with a bachelor degree in communication sciences and disorders and a masters in communication sciences and disorders shortly thereafter. Her career initiated practicing speech services in the school system. Since then she has expanded and developed professional experiences across settings, including, but not limited to, skilled nursing/rehabilitation facility, private practice, and home health. Britney Desir has had personal life experiences to which she attributes her passion in speech-language pathology, including her developed interest in early intervention and private practice secondary to her first child's premature birth. She has personal and work experience overcoming challenges caused by developmental delays. Not only does Britney have a special interest in early intervention and private practice, she has a passion for geriatrics and adults that may suffer from consequences of strokes, traumatic brain injuries, dysphagia, or other debilitating disorders. Britney enjoys mentoring and sharing information with others in regards to private practice and speech-language pathology, hence the collaborative experience of SLP Private Practice in Color.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation 
  • Owner of Therapeutic Endeavors and SLP Private Practice in Color

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Assessment Type

Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.

To earn continuing education credit, you must complete the learning assessment by the end date below.

Program History and CE Information

Online conference dates: May 10–22, 2023, September 6–18, 2023
Start date: January 29, 2024
End date: January 29, 2029

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Related area).

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 1
ASHA CEU*: 0.1
Item #(s): PD102782
Available Through: January 29, 2029