Building a Practice with SLPAs: Jessica’s Story


Jessica Sekhon is a private practitioner based out of the Houston, TX area. She started out as a SLPA in college and knew this was the career path she wanted to take. In this episode, she shares her journey of becoming a SLP and how she decided to start her practice, Thrive Speech Therapy.

She even discusses how she uses SLPAs to help build her private practice. She talks about how she’s been able to set her private practice apart from others and how she’s gotten an influx of referral sources from getting contracts with insurance companies and creating an opt-in on her website.

What we discuss: 

  • How her career was before starting her private practice
  • The transitions she’s made since getting insurance contracts
  • What she plans to delegate (and the surprising thing she doesn’t want to delegate)
  • Her long-term goals for growing her private practice
  • How she uses an opt-in to get more referrals and build a connection

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Guest: Jessica Sekhon MS CCC-SLP
Jessica Sekhon MS CCC-SLP is the Owner and Founder of Thrive Speech Therapy PLLC. Jessica received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from Texas Tech University.

While earning her Bachelor’s degree, Jessica worked in long-term care at a skilled nursing facility with patients at the end of life. While there, she gained a passion for patients with communication deficits. Upon graduation, she went on to receive her Master’s degree in Communication Disorders from Texas Woman’s University.

While in graduate school, she began her career as a Speech Language Pathologist – Assistant, working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, speech sound disorders, language delays, and fluency difficulties. She worked in the school setting, while developing a family-centered approach to therapy. Jessica has worked with clients from birth to end-of-life, but her passion is empowering her clients to use their unique strengths to expand communication.


Host: Jena H. Castro-Casbon, MS, CCC-SLP

Jena is a private-practice consultant who has helped thousands of speech-language pathologists start and grow their own private practices through her company, The Independent Clinician.

​She has written articles for The ASHA Leader and Presented at ASHA Connect (2017).

You’ll find her online in the SLP Private Practice Beginners Facebook Group and in her premium programs, The Start Your Private Practice System and the Grow Your Private Practice Coaching Program.


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