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How to Make a Great First Impression and Grow in the SLP Field {How To SLP}

Meet Cristina Ramos and Rene Robles, two longtime speech-language pathologists and the founders of Five Oaks Speech Therapy Services in California. During this week’s episode, these two walk us through how they met and why they decided to pursue speech pathology in the first place. They also share how they’ve come to own four practices and counting and offer what they’ve learned from  interviewing and mentoring burgeoning SLPs over the years. They provide insights for students and new clinicians who want to make a good first impression and gain the skills they need to grow within the field.

Discussion & Reflection Questions

  1. Tell us about who you are, your background, and why you decided to become a speech-language pathologist.
  2. How did the two of you come to open a business together? Tell us a little bit about Five Oaks Speech Therapy Services.
  3. Can you talk about the importance of networking and offer some networking advice for new students or new graduates?
  4. You’re both responsible for many employees at Five Oaks. Can you tell us how you handle conflict resolution?
  5. Do you have any words of advice for a new or transitioning SLP who’s interviewing for a position?
  6. What are some words of advice you can give clinicians who come in lacking confidence?
  7. What are some problems new graduates and clinicians can run into when starting their careers?
  8. Can you share an experience where you felt like you impacted someone’s life through speech pathology, whether it was a client or fellow SLP?

Quote Of The Conversation

“I think if your intentions and your passion for the field are there, you’re going to pick it up. You’re going to get it. I promise you will. Because you have the will to want to learn it and want to be better for the sake of the profession because you love the profession so much. And so, I think you can at least gather some confidence in saying, “I love this field. I love learning. I’m an active learner. And I love helping people.”
-Cristina Ramos, SLP

Two Friends, SLPs and Private Practice owners

Rene Robles & Cristina Ramos, SLP

Speech-Language Pathologists and Founders of Five Oaks Speech Therapy Services

Rene L. Robles (pictured left) has more than 20 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist. Many of those years were spent in the public school setting, but she has also been fortunate enough to work and supervise SLPs in private practice settings. Rene obtained her Master’s of Science from the University of Redlands in Southern California. She is currently the President and CEO of Five Oaks Speech Therapy Services, which employs over 50 professionals and services more than two thousand patients.

Cristina Ramos (pictured right) is an SLP whose experience includes working for one of largest medical facilities in Southern California. She has had a variety of experience working with medically fragile patients and with patients with a wide variety of communicative disorders. She obtained her Master’s of Science from Loma Linda University in Southern California. Cristina is currently the Vice President and COO of Five Oaks Speech Therapy Services.

Keep the Conversation Going

Guest Speaker Information

Rene Robles & Cristina Ramos, SLP
Speech-Language Pathologists and Founders of Five Oaks Speech Therapy Services


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