Growing Her Private Practice and Her Volunteer-Led International Parent Coaching Business – During a Global Pandemic: Amanda’s Story


Amanda Puentes is a private practitioner who is pursuing two dreams. She started her private practice to help with pediatric speech therapy and has also started an international program to provide access to speech therapy for people who might otherwise not be able to receive those services. She’s built a wonderful network of SLPs who are providing these services to people abroad who desperately need them and I just love her story.

She shares how her early career as a travel speech-language pathologist influenced her, how the pandemic made her quickly shift to teletherapy and her advice for going after your dream, opening the space and allowing opportunities to happen.

What we discuss: 

  • How her early career was as a travel speech-language pathologist
  • Her transition into full time into her practice and how COVID made her jump into teletherapy
  • How Amanda balances between her private practice and the program
  • Her advice for people who have a big dream and aren’t sure how to start

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Guest: Amanda Puentes M.S., CCC-SLP

Amanda has extensive experience working with the pediatric population in both English and Spanish. ​Amanda attended the University of South Florida for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She has also received the prestigious ASHA A.C.E. Award, which is awarded to those professionals who have demonstrated their commitment to lifelong learning.

Amanda has worked in a variety of settings including schools, clinics, hospitals, and in the home environment. She has worked in both the US and in developing countries providing speech therapy to children with a variety of diagnoses, as well as providing training to professionals while promoting self-sufficiency. Amanda has also guest lectured in schools and universities, educating others about the importance of the field and promoting cultural awareness. Amanda enjoys helping her patients and families achieve their dreams.


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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