Dementia Care Coaching with Emily Gavin

Dementia Care Coaching with Emily Gavin

Have you ever thought about starting a coaching-based private practice? You’re going to love this episode!

I sat down with Emily Gavin who decided to take the leap into private practice with encouragement from her peers and spouse after being laid off from her job.

In this episode, she talks about her journey from SNFs and inpatient rehab to owning her own dementia-focused business. Emily shares how caring for her mother-in-law with dementia inspired her special interest.

Emily S. Gavin, MS, OTR/L, came to occupational therapy as a second career in 2012 at the age of 41. After a few years of clinical work in geriatrics, she transitioned into a management position at a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) in Philadelphia, PA.

This non-traditional setting allowed her the freedom to develop specialized knowledge in dementia care training, though she always felt the vulnerability of being a middle manager.

Being laid off in May of 2023 seemed like the perfect time to start PhillyCare Coaching LLC, the private practice she’d always thought of as the next thing.

Emily hopes to complete her Post-Professional OTD at Thomas Jefferson University in late 2025. She has also earned an Advanced Practice Certificate in Coaching, and will soon be a certified practitioner of Skills2Care®, an evidence-based program supporting caregivers of people living with dementia. She uses the Allen Cognitive Disabilities Model to inform her treatment plans.

Emily lives in the Germantown section of Philadelphia with her wife and four cats. Someday she will have time to knit again.

 

In Today’s Episode, We Discuss:

 

  • The moment that brought Emily to become an OT and start a private practice
  • When she realized her passion for dementia patients
  • How she kicked imposter syndrome to the curb
  • How long it took Emily to get her first private practice client
  • The types of clients Emily works with
  • How she networked to grow her private practice
  • The power of referrals in growing your private practice

I hope you enjoyed this episode with Emily! I love how she overcame imposter syndrome and remained persistent in opening her private practice. 

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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 www.independentclinician.com to learn more.

 

Resources Mentioned: 

Visit Emily’s website: https://phillycarecoaching.com/

Follow Emily on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100093197558689

Follow Emily on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/phillycarecoaching

Connect with Emily on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emily-s-gavin-ms-otr-l-94966454/

Listen to her podcast: https://whentheflamesgoup.substack.com/p/episode-13-its-hard-to-lie-to-the?r=15iyyd&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=email#details

 

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