“Opportunity is Everywhere” With Stephanie O’Silas, SLP


Stephanie speaks highly of her alma mater, Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, which provided her and her classmates with incredible training that she continues to utilize today. She seamlessly made the transition from graduate student to a skilled nursing facility and hospital in part due to her ability to build connections in her community. Her fortuitous move to Dallas led her to the start of her private practice.

​Currently she has a booming multidisciplinary clinic serving children and adults. Stephanie’s specialties include providing therapy to adults with dysphagia and neurogenic communication disorders and children with autism spectrum disorders.

Here’s What We Discuss:

  • Her inspiring outlook that her skills and her community helped her prosper
  • How she overcame her fears with extensive planning and organization
  • Her striking idea that practitioners can create their own future without the need to “box” themselves in
  • Jena’s take on the incredible energy that often fuels early practitioners as they start their own practice
  • Her motivating vision for the limitless future of speech-language pathology
  • Her valuable advice drawing upon her business acumen



Stephanie O’Silas obtained her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences from Case Western Reserve University. She received her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from MGH Institute of Health Professions. She is founding director of Champion Rehabilitation and Support Services, PLLC in Dallas, Texas. Stephanie designed her company to serve adults, children, businesses, AND clinicians! Champion specializes in working with adults and children, in office and home-based settings. Champion also specializes in business consulting and collaborating with other therapists. Prime clinical interests include neurocognitive rehabilitation, treatment of adult swallowing disorders, AAC, and communication and language treatment for children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and ADHD. Stephanie is nationally certified through the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and is an active member of the Texas Speech Language Hearing Association (TSHA). She was appointed to serve on the ASHA Committee on Leadership Cultivation and is also a member of TSHA’s Business Management Committee.

Click here to learn more about Stephanie Silas and Champion Rehabilitation and Support Services, Inc.


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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