Ditch Perfection and Start a Private Practice: Hilary’s Story


Hilary Frank is a private practitioner who started her business and has seen incredible successes over the past two years! In this episode, she gives her brilliant advice on ditching perfectionism while you grow your private practice. She chats about her journey from getting into this career path, her fellowship experience, why she got interested in private practice and how she made the decision to start her business, Chatterbugs. Hilary shares her biggest referral sources and how she stepped into the CEO role to make hiring decisions for her business. She also talks about her plans for expansion and creating more programs for her clients’ families. 

What we discuss: 

  • How she got into her career as an SLP from her background as an educator
  • What made her realize she wanted to go the private practice route
  • How she navigated making hiring decisions
  • Her expansion plans for growing her private practice

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Guest: Hilary Frank MA, CCC-SLP

Hilary is a dynamic, professionally certified Speech Language Pathologist and the founder of Chatterbugs LLC. Hilary believes in a team approach to patient care and high quality speech, language, and feeding therapy. Hilary’s passions are accessibility, inclusion, and education. ​

​Hilary believes establishing Chatterbugs was the beginning of a place where families can trust in the quality and care we put in everything we do. Chatterbugs SLP’s coach families and collaborate with other SLP’s and professionals such as: Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, doctors, and teachers.


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.

Jena lives in Boston, MA and is a wife and mama to two young boys.


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