August 2nd, 2018
Melissa actively pursued working in a variety of settings during her career. The bulk of her career has been spent in the medical field working with adults who have neurological disorders. Increased interest in mind-body medicine has led her to her calling in private practice. 
Here's What We Discuss:
-The challenges in combining her passion for holistic therapy with her degree in speech-language pathology

- Her best recommendation for maintaining steady clients and a steady stream of income

- Her experience working exclusively with private pay clients except one type of insurance that is worth the paperwork

- She reveals an essential difference between schools/hospitals and private practice that clinicians need to navigate carefully

- Her approach to seeing clients, keeping her accessibility and flexibility of schedule in mind

- How she has established strong bonds with her community
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Guest: Melissa Wolak, MS CCC-SLP
I am a holistic Speech-Language Pathologist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of cognitive challenges caused by neurological injuries and illnesses as well as autoimmune disorders and cancer. I have almost 20 years of experience working in a variety of settings including the schools, skilled nursing facilities and hospitals. 

In my private practice, I primarily treat client's healing from brain injuries and concussions with a functional approach incorporating the development of compensatory strategies, foundations of brain health and cognitive retraining in the areas of attention, memory, communication, processing speed, time management, task completion, problem solving and executive function skills. 

In order to maximize my clients’ recovery, I continue to pursue additional education in the areas of mindfulness, memory, neuroscience, food as medicine and self-care. My goal is to support clients in being happy, healthy and function as successfully as possible in the community, work or school and in the home.

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Host: Jena H. Castro-Casbon, MS CCC-SLP
​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 The Private Practice Solution.

Jena lives in Boston, MA and is a wife and mama to two young boys. 
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