Hillary Cooper – The Multi-Passionate Private Practitioner: Mobile FEES, a Non-Profit and Merchandise


Hillary Cooper is taking the speech therapy world by storm! She is conducting one of the few mobile FEES-specific private practices in the country, spearheading a non-profit organization designed to support patients with dysphagia and their families, and supporting other non-profits by selling speech-therapy based merchandise. Along the way she has provided therapy to adults in skilled nursing facilities and acute care in addition to private practice. Hillary also has a strong interest in educating others which also led to her participation in the Medical SLP Collective.

Here’s What We Discuss:

  • Her uplifting perspective on the obstacles that arose along the way
  • Her eye-opening advice surrounding yourself with support, both personally and professionally
  • Her motto “Delete, delegate, or do” and how it has framed her work-life balance
  • How her belief in herself and her ideas had to evolve over time to make her dreams come alive
  • Jena’s encouragement for kindred spirits who embrace their passions wholeheartedly
  • Her call for volunteers to help her non-profit fulfill its mission

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​Hillary Cooper, M.A., CCC-SLP


Hillary got her start in speech-language pathology in an outpatient private practice in Leesville, Louisiana, which served active duty soldiers, their dependents, and military retirees.  The wide range of experience she gained in that position served her well when she moved to Ruston to marry her soulmate.  She has since worked in long term care facilities, acute care, and home health.  In 2016, Hillary decided that she wanted to set out to change the status quo of dysphagia treatment in North Louisiana, so she started her own outpatient private practice and then created North Louisiana Swallow Solutions to be the premier mobile FEES provider in the region.  A chronic overachiever, Hillary has earned three ASHA Ace awards for going above and beyond the standard requirements for continuing education.  She is also in the process of earning her Board Certification in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S).

Jena H. Castro-CAsbon, MS CCC-SLP


Jena H. Castro-Casbon, MS, CCC-SLP, 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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