FREE TRAINING: How to Start a Speech Therapy Private Practice

From School SLP to Small Town Private Practitioner with Sarah Desimone

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Have you ever thought about starting a private practice as a school SLP or as someone who lives in a more rural area? 

This is the perfect student success story for you to listen to!

Sarah Desimone, MS, CCC-SLP is the owner of Huckleberry Therapy LLC, located in Athol, ID. Since graduating in 2016, Sarah has had the opportunity to serve children from birth to age 17 in a large multidisciplinary clinic, through her local school district, and via teletherapy as a contract SLP. It was through these experiences that she felt she had gained the knowledge, experience, and confidence to start her own practice. 

Since then, Sarah has resigned from her 90+ student caseload in her local district, accepted a part-time SLP position with a charter school, increased hours at her private practice, and been able to spend more time with her husband and two young children. 

In this interview, Sarah talks about how she built her private practice on the side of her job in the schools and how she loves knowing that she’s serving the community who would otherwise be stuck on a waitlist or commuting a long distance to get speech therapy.

In Today’s Episode, We Discuss:

  • How to move past procrastination
  • Why it’s important to talk to others that believe in you
  • How to navigate building your practice on the side
  • Why it’s okay to start out slow and get your feet wet
  • The benefits of being a practitioner in a rural area
  • How to stay confident in your skills and expertise

I love Sarah’s energy, her commitment to her community, and how she created a private practice that works for her family and herself!

As a student of the Start Your Private Practice Program, Sarah talks about how she received the information that she needed to start her business along with invaluable ongoing support.

If you want access to the very resources that helped Sarah so much, head on over to www.startyourprivatepractice.com/waitist and join the Waitlist for the Start Your Private Practice Program! We will be re-opening soon!

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: 
www.startyourprivatepractice.com/waitist
www.huckleberryspeech.com
www.instagram.com/huckleberryspeech
www.facebook.com/huckleberryspeech
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Huckleberry-Therapy-Llc

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Sarah Desimone, MS, CCC-SLP

Sarah Desimone is the owner of Huckleberry Therapy LLC, located in Athol, ID. She is passionate about helping parents support their child’s early language development through play and functional activities. Sarah also loves working with elementary age children who struggle with speech sound production and/or fluency. Her sessions focus on creating functional goals and activities based on the needs of the child, and their families.

Since graduating in 2016, Sarah has had the opportunity to serve children from birth to age 17 in a large multidisciplinary clinic, through her local school district, and via teletherapy as a contract SLP. It was through these experiences that she felt she had gained the knowledge, experience, and confidence to start her own practice. With these skills and the loving support of her husband in October of 2020. Since then, Sarah has resigned from her 90+ student caseload in her local district, accepted a part-time SLP position with a charter school, increased hours at her private practice, and been able to spend more time with her husband and two young children.


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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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This episode was brought to you by my premium program The Start Your Private Practice System.

​If you’ve been thinking starting a private practice full-time or “on the side” I encourage you to sign up for my FREE TRAINING. I’ll make sure you know everything more in a free 60 minute presentation than you ever learned in grad school!

Visit startyourprivatepractice.com/webinar.


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