5 Tips for Growing Your Private Practice with Adrienne Fuller and Tami Teshima

growing your private practice

Are you in the growth phase of your private practice journey?

If so, this episode of Private Practice Success Stories is for you. It features two of my coaches from the Grow Your Private Practice Program, Adrienne Fuller and Tami Teshima. Both of these amazing coaches sat down with me to talk about 5 tips for growing your private practice. We talked about everything from marketing, finances, hiring, and so much more.

Adrienne Fuller M.S., CCC-SLP is the Clinical Director and Owner of SpeechBuilders Speech and Language Therapy in Apopka, Florida. She began her journey as a middle school teacher to students with learning disabilities, where she developed a desire to help children build a strong foundation for learning. She then went on to earn her Master’s Degree from the University of New Hampshire.

For the past 15 years, she has worked in many settings as a Speech-Language Pathologist including, schools, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and finally in private practice. Adrienne is also the co-writer of the book, “Putting Your Dreams to Work, Keys to Setting Up Your Private Practice,” a how-to manual for opening a therapy practice.

She is passionate about making all children from all backgrounds more confident in their speech, language and communication abilities. Today SpeechBuilders LLC has more than 9 therapists and assistants that treat children in the Central Florida area.

Tamiko, who goes by Tami (pronounced “Tommy”), is a former teacher turned speech-language pathologist. She received a Master of Arts in Education, Speech-Language Pathology from San Jose State, and a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education from Grand Valley State University. Tami opened Duncan Lake Speech Therapy, LLC in May 2019 after working as a school-based speech-language pathologist. Her vision was to provide comprehensive, client-centered speech-language services as accessible as possible.

Tami’s areas of speech interest include articulation and phonological disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), expressive/receptive language delays, fluency (stuttering), and orofacial myology. Tami also provides gender-affirming voice modification services, both individually and in a group-format class that she offers quarterly.

In addition to client-centered work, Tami also acts as a consultant for the Autism Alliance of Michigan, providing training for parents and caregivers throughout the state of Michigan. She is a mentor in the Start Your Private Practice Program with The Independent Clinician, where she supports new SLP private practice owners start their own businesses. Most recently, Tami began working as the team SLP for an Approved Autism Evaluation Center through Acorn Health.

Tami holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association as well as a Speech-Language Pathology license from the state of Michigan and the state of Maine.


In Today’s Episode, We Discuss:


  • Advice for the messy middle of running your own private practice
  • The power of shifting from an employee mindset to a CEO mindset
  • The importance of knowing your numbers
  • Why daycares are a great resource to partner with
  • How to keep your expenses low in the beginning
  • Tips for deciding what to outsource
  • Why readiness is a choice
  • Why now is a good time to start a private practice
  • Our top favorite business books


Tami and Adrienne have both grown their private practices from nothing into something amazing. They now have employees and administrative support, they have brick and mortar locations, and they have systems to make their business run more efficiently. They have both stepped into the role of CEO of their private practices. These are the type of people you want to learn from and surround yourself with when you are learning and ready to grow!

If you need support growing your private practice because you’re leaving your job soon and you want to hit the ground running, or if you’ve recently gone all-in on your private practice and want help with marketing, finances, systems, and hiring, we can help you! Head over to growyourprivatepractice.com to learn more.

We’re doing a training on May 10th for growth-focused private practitioners called “How to Shift Into Full-Time Private Practice.” Fill out this form to get your invitation!

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


Resources Mentioned: 

Learn how to grow your private practice: https://www.growyourprivatepractice.com

Get your invitation to “How to Shift Into Full-Time Private Practice”: https://www.growyourprivatepractice.com

Check out Adrienne’s website: https://www.speechbuilders.org/

Follow Adrienne on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/speech_builders/

Check out Tami’s website: https://duncanlakespeechtherapy.com/

Follow Tami on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/duncanlakespeech/


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