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The SLP Who Wanted To Be A Superhero (SLP Spotlight)
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This SLP and private practice owner shares how forging connections with the clients she worked with in charter schools and pediatric hospitals helped shape her career, and how she’s leveraging that experience to start her own pediatric practice. Listen to her tips for optimizing your educational experience and clinical fellowship, as well as utilizing your early career experience to pursue your goals down the line — particularly if your goals include starting your own practice!

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. Was the transition from working in charter schools and pediatric hospitals to running a private practice challenging?
  4. What was it like starting your practice right as COVID-19 hit? How did you adjust?
  5. How did your early internships and positions help prepare you to run your own practice?
  6. What do you think of taking a holistic approach to treatment?
  7. What advice would you give other speech pathologists looking to branch out and start their own private practices?
  8. What words of wisdom do you have for the SLP just beginning her clinical fellowship?

Quote Of The Conversation

“Don’t be afraid if maybe your first job isn’t your forever job. That’s completely fine.  And most of the students in my class ended up kind of transitioning, even right after their CF. Right after my CF, I transitioned to another job, and then the grip funding got cut for that, and then I moved on and I got my dream job, and I got to work in a pediatric hospital for a little while and that was amazing.” 

-Hillary Guest, M.S., CCC-SLP

Hillary Guest, M.S., CCC-SLP

Hillary Guest, M.S. CCC-SLP Owner and Speech-Language Pathologist, Bellflower Speech, Language & Literacy.

Hillary Guest is a young owner of a newly established private speech therapy practice in Austin, Texas. She began her practice in January 2020, right before the COVID-19 pandemic. She previously worked in schools, pediatric hospitals, and for other private clinics in Michigan and Texas. She graduated from Florida State University in 2015 with specialized knowledge in working with children with severe disabilities as well as culturally-linguistically diverse populations.

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Guest Speaker Information

Hillary Guest, MS, CCC-SLP  Owner and Speech-Language Pathologist, Bellflower Speech, Language & Literacy

Phone – +1 (512) 761-6657       

Emailhillary@bellflowerspeech.com

Websitewww.bellflowerspeech.com

Facebook@bellflowerspeech

Instagram@bellflowerspeech

Upcoming SLP Spotlight Guests

  • Jena Castro-Casbon, The Independent Clinician
  • Kelli Slemp, Speedy SLP

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Hosted by Mattie Murrey

September 18, 2020

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