From Schools to SNFs to Her Own School Contracts: Meet Tamala Close, Founder of SLP Private Practice in Color


Tamala Close is a private practice owner and the founder of SLP Private Practice in Color. She got her start as a SLPA for a speech-language pathologist and decided to go back to school to pursue a path as a SLP.

We talk about how she decided to start her private practice and what ultimately led her to start her community, SLP Private Practice in Color to help fill the void for practitioners of color who want additional education and resources to starting their own private practice.

What we discuss: 

  • Tamala’s background as a speech-language pathologist PA
  • Her vision for her private practice and goal of building contracts with schools
  • How having a network paid off when she moved back to Dallas
  • What her community, SLP Private Practice in Color does to help SLPs

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Guest: Tamala H. Close, M.S. CCC-SLP

​Tamala Close is the founder of SLP Private Practice in Color. She is a Dallas Texas native who received her undergraduate degree in CSD from the University of Houston, and a graduate degree from the illustrious Southern University A & M’s Speech-Language Pathology Program. Upon graduation, she moved to Tallahassee Florida where she worked at a skilled nursing facility, and it was at the end of my SNF tenure that I decided to go PRN to launch her own Private Practice. She then formed her private practice Close to Perfection Speech Therapy Services, LLC in May 2018. It was because of the mentorship of two African American SLP PP owner’s willingness to disseminate their knowledge that gave her the idea to found SLP Private Practice in Color Facebook Group to provide a safe space for resources, networking, and mentorship for clinicians of color who decided to step out on faith and form their own practice. She has recently relocated back to Dallas, Texas, formed Close to Perfection Therapy Services, PLLC, and am contracted with a charter her locally.


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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