First a Private Practice and Then a Clinical Doctorate With Kayla Thurston

First a Private Practice and Then a Clinical Doctorate With Kayla Thurston

Are you ready to finally take the steps to follow your passion? 

In this episode of Private Practice Success Stories, I sat down with one of my Start and Grow Your Private Practice students, Kayla Thurston, to talk about how she followed her passion and now has a thriving private practice, Communicate With Me, Speech Therapy. She put in the time and effort to grow her practice and now she has the freedom to pursue her next goal, getting her clinical doctorate. 

Kayla is a very cool person, and whether you’re thinking about getting a clinical doctorate or not, I know that you’re going to love this episode because she talks about following her passion and making sure that she had a solid foundation on which to grow.

Communicate With Me, Speech Therapy LLC (CWM) is a private speech-language pathology practice that provides personalized therapy to children, adolescents, and adults in Wallingford, CT. 

CWM values enhancing communication in all forms because we believe communication to be far more than just words. 

They specialize in providing comprehensive evaluations and treatment sessions that are designed for each unique individual. They incorporate the strengths and preferences of those we provide services with along with evidence-based practice to help the individual reach their highest potential. 

At CWM, they believe strongly in the importance of incorporating family/caregivers into the therapeutic process to support carryover across environments.  They offer speech, language, literacy, and myofunctional/feeding therapy! 


In Today’s Episode, We Discuss:


  • The moment Kayla knew she wanted to start her own private practice
  • What brought Kayla to join the Start Program
  • How the Grow program helped her take her private practice to the next level
  • The support that Kayla got in the programs
  • How Kayla got her first school contract
  • The paths she took to finding her first clients
  • How to decide what payer sources you want for your private practice
  • Why Kayla decided to get her clinical doctorate and her plans for the future
  • The flexibility you get when you start a private practice


I hope you enjoyed this episode with Kayla! I love how she’s so passionate about what she loves, and she’s constantly investing time, money, and energy to get to the next level as easily as possible. Kayla is focused on growing her income and her impact, and now is experiencing so much well-earned success. 

We helped Kayla in both the Start and Grow Your Private Practice Programs and we would love to help you too! Click here to explore our Programs:

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 to learn more.


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