The Missing Link for SLPs
The Missing Link for SLPs
A Day in the Life of a Private Practice Medical SLP

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Meet Marie Severson, a medical SLP who has worked in multiple medical settings during her four years practicing speech pathology. She discusses her experience working in acute care, inpatient acute rehabilitation, home health, and finally private practice. She reveals the day-to-day responsibilities of each role, why she decided to go into private practice, and even discusses her time writing for The Informed SLP.

Discussion & Reflection Questions

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and why you became a speech-language pathologist.
  2. You don’t seem like an SLP who is stuck; you move on and go where you want to go in your career. How did you develop that confidence and bravery?
  3. What different medical settings have you worked in? Can you tell us a little about each?
  4. What does a day in the life of someone in each of the settings you’ve worked in look like? When does it start and end, and who determines your schedule?
  5. Tell us about your acute care experience, as well as your time working in the home health setting.
  6. What made you go into private practice? What has that been like so far?
  7. You currently write for The Informed SLP. How did you get into that, and what do you strive to accomplish there?
  8. Any words of advice for the new speech pathologist starting out who wants to get into the med SLP field?
  9. What piece of advice do you have that someone may not agree with?

Quote of the Conversation

“Just because someone tells you no doesn’t mean that it’s right. If you believe in something and you know it’s right, and you get told no, I want you to think about it and still advocate even when you’re told no. But here’s how you do it: with a smile on your face and with good positive energy.”

– Marie Severson, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS

Marie Severson, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS

Medical Speech-Language Pathologist

Marie Severson is a medical speech-language pathologist practicing since 2017. She is the owner of Madison Speech Therapy, an adult focused private practice in Madison, WI. Marie primarily works with adults in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, home health, and outpatient private practice. She is also a writer for the Informed SLP. She is interested in all areas of medical speech-language pathology including dysphagia, aphasia, and cognitive-communication disorders particularly in post-stroke, neurodegenerative disease, and TBI populations. She is passionate about serving students and professionals through her state association, supporting early career clinicians, and promoting evidence-based practice and person-centered care.

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Marie Severson, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS

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