How to Think Like a Business Owner: A Conversation with Theresa Richard and Jena Castro-casbon

Theresa Richard is a SLP, founder of Mobile FEES, the Medical SLP Collective and host of the Swallow Your Pride Podcast. Theresa and I have been friends for years and I had her on to have a conversation about business and our mindset as two successful business owners. We talk a lot about the analysis paralysis that many people face when starting their private practice and why you should just commit and do it. We also chat about why mistakes are a great learning experience, how now is a great time to start your practice and why you should choose a specialization for the clients you serve. 

What we discuss: 

  • Our experiences of getting started out in our businesses
  • How you can get started inexpensively
  • Why you might want to consider starting your private practice as a side hustle
  • The reasoning behind why you should specialize your practice

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Guest: Theresa Richard, MA CCC-SLP

Theresa Richard is an SLP and Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. She’s also the owner and founder of Mobile Dysphagia Diagnostics. She completed her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from the University at Buffalo. She also completed Advanced FEES training under Dr. Susan Langmore, as well as SASS Swallowing Services.

​She has been a visiting guest lecturer at the University at Buffalo, Buffalo State College, Edinboro University, and Buffalo Hearing and Speech Center on the topic of FEES as well as a clinical instructor on the hands-on application and interpretation of the FEES as part of an ASHA approved CEU course with Dr. Eric Blicker. Theresa is a member of ASHA Special Interest Group 13 (Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders), the Dysphagia Research Society, former President of the Nevada Speech-Language Hearing Association, and 3-time ASHA ACE Award recipient for continuing education.


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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