Private Practice Stories
Private Practice Stories
“It’s Not a Lemonade Stand” How This First Generation American SLP Grew her Business to 30+ Employees (Private Practice Possibilities)


As a first generation American, this SLP and private practice owner shares her background and why she decided to transition to private practice after working in a hospital setting.   Listen to her wisdom as she talks about teamwork, support, and what it takes to be a successful SLP.

Discussion & Reflection Questions

  1. Tell us about who you are, your background, and why you decided to go into the field of speech pathology.
  2. Tell us about your private practice.
  3. Why did you decide to transition from a hospital setting to private practice? What was that like?
  4. Where can SLPs who may not have a support team find one?
  5. What are some things private practice owners want employees to know, from your perspective?
  6. How is your decision-making influenced when it comes to hiring and working with employees?
  7. What advice would you give newer speech pathologists looking to branch out and start their own private practices?
  8. What words of wisdom do you have for the SLPs who are starting out or transitioning in their careers?

Quote Of The Conversation

I knew that the education piece was going to keep me dynamic, marketable, and capable of doing my craft and of doing what I set out to do. So don’t be scared to invest in yourself…Talk to someone that has vision, and can use their expertise to push your vision along.”

Michele C. Linares, MS CCC-SLP

Owner & Speech-Language Pathologist, The Learning Grove

Michele C. Linares, MS CCC-SLP

Michele Linares previously worked as an SLP and clinical supervisor at CSUN for graduate students. She now runs her own private practice, The Learning Grove, where she treats a broad scope of speech, language, and swallowing issues. 

The Learning Grove serves as a training site for seven different SLP and SLPA programs, offers 12 different languages, and provides both face-to-face services and teletherapy. In addition to running The Learning Grove, Linares has won the CSU, Northridge Volunteer Service Award and CSU, Northridge CDS Distinguished Alumni award; employed and trained countless SLP/SLPA students and SLPS during a recessions and pandemic without missing a beat; successfully adding SLPA to Title 17 as part of the CSHA Early Intervention Committee; wrote a CSHA position letter on natural environment and did the translation in Spanish; and was part of the CSHA 200 by Two video.  

Michele is also the current Chair of the Advocacy Committee and Chair-elect for the California Speech-Language Hearing Association.

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Guest Speaker Information

Michele C. Linares, MS CCC-SLP  Owner and Speech-Language Pathologist, The Learning Grove

Phone – +1 (818) 758-9180



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