From Full Time to Part Time Private Practice: Lauren’s Story


Lauren Meglen is a former school SLP who transitioned to full-time private practice in the Rochester, MN area. In this episode, Lauren shares her journey into private practice and what that looked like for her. She talks about how she decided on a whim to start her private practice and her experience with bringing on employees. She shares so much great wisdom and advice on ditching perfectionism and why you should go for your dreams of private practice

What we discuss: 

  • Her career journey as a SLP and how she started her private practice
  • Her experience with bringing on employees
  • The big goals that she has for her practice
  • Lessons she’s learned about letting go of perfectionism

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Guest: Lauren Meglen, M.S. CCC-SLP

Lauren is a 2006 graduate of the University of Minnesota – Duluth and a 2008 graduate of Syracuse  University, where she earned a Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology. Lauren began her dream of starting OWL Therapy Services in 2011.

Growing up with a sister with special needs, Lauren understands being on both sides of the therapy table and is now one of her sister’s legal guardians. Lauren understands the struggles, concerns and celebrations that go along with being a caregiver, and believes that your life should be easier when it comes to therapy services.


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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