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Do you feel burned out, not appreciated, undervalued both financially & professionally? Realized working in the health industry is not all it was promised to be? Are numbers & the bottom line prioritized over your health, job satisfaction, & high quality patient care causing you to dread going into work? You want to make a non-traditional career change but face sunken tuition cost, judgment for wanting to leave a secure career in the health field, & unsure about which alternative career dire ...
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Hosted by Leigh Ann Porter, MA, CCC-SLP, the Speech Uncensored Podcast explores the world of medical Speech and Language Pathology. Building on a passion for education and implementing best practice approaches, Leigh Ann created the Speech Uncensored Podcast to connect medical SLPs with meaningful resources, emerging research, and practical tools. Leigh Ann’s goal is to empower and connect SLPs to enhance our profession and accelerate the research to practice pipeline. Visit https://www.spee ...
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Spill the OT Podcast is a judgement-free zone to spill all of the tea about OT, PT, and SLP. We talk to REAL therapists out in the field to learn about the ups, downs, and everything in between. No topics are off limits! Let's chat salary, medicare, student loans, the good, the bad, all things therapy. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/spilltheot/support
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Send us a Text Message. #059 Ever wondered how to successfully transfer your skills as a rehab professional into the MedTech space? Growing up in Central Jersey, Yera was initially drawn to physical therapy. However, struggling with the increasing demands of her job and witnessing issues within the healthcare system during her mother's health crisi…
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Send us a Text Message. #058 If you're feeling burned out and disillusioned, our guest, Valerie Levesque, a physical therapist, faced a common problem in her career: a mountain of debt, and a clear-cut income ceiling. The traditional rehab model in competitive environments like Seattle left her nowhere else to turn except to contemplate alternative…
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Send us a Text Message. #057 Sometimes our chosen career path may not align with our true passion and values. In this case, Lauren discovered her love for art and creativity, which she initially overlooked due to societal expectations and other, family influences. Her leap not only reshaped her professional life but also brought an unexpected harmo…
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Send us a Text Message. #056 The struggle to find a fulfilling career path within the constraints of the industry is a problem many of us encounter. The solution lies in recognizing the need to change and explore alternative career paths that align with our passion and values. Listen to what Divya, a Doctor of Physical Therapy, has to share about h…
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Send us a Text Message. #055 In a world where the traditional healthcare system often prioritizes efficiency over patient care, there emerges a narrative that challenges the status quo and shines a light on the potential of healthcare entrepreneurship. This is precisely what Susie Gronski, a urological physical therapist and sex counselor, brings t…
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Send us a Text Message. #054 Are you a coach or rehab professional who is tired of trading time for money? Ray Gorman of Engage Movement transitioned from the familiar realm of outpatient clinics to successfully running a cash practice. He started working with clients virtually in 2016 and then blended the virtual and in-person experience in 2017. …
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Send us a Text Message. #053 Ever felt like you've hit a professional ceiling, especially in a field as challenging as Rehab? Stephen's journey from travel physical therapy to Chief Operating Officer (COO) of a tech startup will inspire you with its raw honesty and innovative thinking. Stephen's story serves as an example of how traditional roles i…
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Send us a Text Message. #052 Ali Arena is a source of knowledge for anyone navigating neurodiversity, relationships, and the personal challenges that come with ADHD. In this episode, we discuss the challenges and experiences of running a therapy practice. And Ali shares her journey from academia, working at a private practice to being a business ow…
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Send us a Text Message. #051 Have you ever considered a leap into franchise ownership? That's exactly what Ian Klaes did, transforming from a fresh PT graduate to a vice president of a thriving senior care franchise. Join us as Ian shares how he got to be a franchise owner, offering inspiration and guidance for professionals considering a similar l…
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Send us a Text Message. #050 Embarking on a career change is not for the faint of heart, and that's exactly why our guest for today is Lindsay Walston, whose leap from physical therapy to real estate is nothing short of inspiring. With the heart of a caretaker and the mind of a savvy investor, Lindsay shares her journey to career happiness. In this…
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Send us a Text Message. #049 "You are the average of the five people you spend most of your time with". The goal of this episode is for you to have a guide to the relationships, networks, and communities you're cultivating and why these are important to your career and life direction, and to be able to start building these relationships with the in…
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Send us a Text Message. #048 Have you wondered about the delicate balance between your passion for the rehab profession and being able to support yourself economically? Tinita Kearney, a seasoned speech pathologist, shares her transformative journey from working in a school setting to establishing her own private practice. Her emphasis on the power…
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Send us a Text Message. #047 Relationships require intentional and continuous effort from all parties involved to grow and develop over time. And this includes the relationship that we have with ourselves. So I have a question for you: When was the last time you took time out of your busy schedule to spend on yourself? This episode is a deep explor…
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Send us a Text Message. #046 Listen to Maggie's journey from physical therapist to tech entrepreneur, a story that will inspire anyone considering a career pivot. As co-founder of Embodia, she unpacks the trials from the stability of a physical clinic to the dynamic world of a digital startup. Starting her own practice was a leap of faith for Maggi…
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Send us a Text Message. #045 This is the fourth solo episode of the Transition Journey (TJ) series. Do you feel tied down by a career that doesn't resonate with your true self? What is the most valuable thing in your life? In this episode, we will listen to two previous guests who've broken free from traditional roles and found harmonious life alig…
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Send us a Text Message. #044 Learn from our latest guest Erin Gaul, a speech-language pathologist who became a successful business owner. Do you suffer from a heavy workload? Has that made you think about setting up your own private practice? This episode guarantees to give you an in-depth perspective on this career transition as a rehab profession…
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Send us a Text Message. #043 This is the third solo episode of the Transition Journey (TJ) series. How do we find purpose when we've hit rock bottom? Our host can attest to this journey of seeking clarity in life's darkest moments. There's profound wisdom embedded in these trials, and they can be the stepping stones to finding your 'why', a powerfu…
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Send us a Text Message. #042 Transitioning from a traditional career path to an alternative one is not an easy journey, but it can be a rewarding one. Our latest podcast episode features Julia, a Speech Language Pathologist who successfully transitioned to become a travel therapy influencer and online entrepreneur. A desire to travel and a dissatis…
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Send us a Text Message. #041 This is the second solo episode of the Transition Journey (TJ) series. Are you a Rehab Professional who doesn’t stand the workplace anymore? Do you want to get out but don't know what your options are? I will finish sharing the personal story of episode #040, and we will see what I learned from my own passed workplace, …
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Send us a Text Message. #40 This is the first solo episode of the Transition Journey (TJ) series. In this solo episode, I share my experience of working in a stressful environment. Are you in a similar situation or heading towards one? I share my real-life experience dealing with a relentless schedule, demanding paperwork, and the frustrating lack …
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Send us a Text Message. #039 Have you ever wondered what it takes to transition from a secure job to starting a private practice? Buckle up for a captivating ride as we chat with Elizabeth, a seasoned speech therapist who stepped out of an elementary school and went into private practice with no business background. We journey with her through the …
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Send us a Text Message. #038 Are you thinking of leaving a steady job and starting your private practice, especially in a field as unique as Speech-Language Pathology? Meet Stacey Crowley, who took that leap and moved from the bustling city of Chicago to the peaceful hills of Asheville, North Carolina to open Learning Tree Literacy. As we unpack he…
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Send us a Text Message. #037 Can Physical Therapy be more than just physical healing and blend with mindfulness, breath work, and stress coaching? This is exactly what our guest, Justin Ternes has always been interested in. In this episode, we're walking through Justin's transformative journey, from a traditional physical therapy paradigm to an int…
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Send us a Text Message. #036 Ever wondered how the world of knitting and physical therapy collide? Join me as I chat with Andrea, a physical therapist and the brains behind Knitting PT. We get to hear her journey, from traditional physical therapy to home health and, ultimately, her innovative business. Andrea also introduces us to the fascinating …
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Send us a Text Message. #035 In a world where health is often taken for granted, Melissa Erlandson strives to change that narrative through her work as a physical therapist. Listen as she shares her experiences ranging from pediatric to geriatric physical therapy, her foray into pelvic health due to her personal struggles, and candid insights into …
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Hilary and Steve join Leigh Ann on the podcast to discuss the development of the MedConcerns app to help healthcare providers and families overcome the challenges of understanding and meeting the medical needs and concerns of people with aphasia. The app creators share about the healthcare inequality that exists for people with aphasia due to lack …
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Send us a Text Message. #034 Ever wondered what it takes to break the mold and start your own business in the healthcare field? Prepare to be inspired by our guest Nora, a pediatric physical therapist (PT) who's stepped out of routine hospital settings to create her own pediatric PT practice. Nora turned her passion for pediatrics into a rewarding …
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Eating and drinking brings pleasure to most; however, dementia can bring about significant changes in one’s communication, cognition, sensation, appetite and ability to eat and drink. When dysphagia and dementia co-occur, speech-language pathologists play a vital role on the interdisciplinary team and should be a cornerstone in care until end of li…
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Dr Cath Gregory chats about the latest evidence in Functional Neurological Disorders and the speech-language pathologist’s role when working with people with Functional Neurological Communication and Swallowing Disorders. Key Takeaway: (1-2 sentences of the main theme.) Functional neurological disorder (FND) is a problem with the ‘software’ of the …
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Send us a Text Message. #033 Ever dealt with a traumatic experience and wondered how to respond? Join our guest, Rachel Archambault, a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) and Program Specialist, as we explore the world of trauma-informed care. Rachel narrates her career transition in therapy and how a life-changing event at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas …
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Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) are a powerful assessment and outcome measurement tool in a person-centered approach - but many SLPs are not yet using this tool. Leigh Ann and Sarah talk about how PROMs have been transformative in their clinical practice - and also how they’ve navigated conversations with colleagues who don’t think PROMs …
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Carolyn and Leigh Ann catch up about outpatient life and then Carolyn deep-dives into a day in the life of a SLP working in an Outpatient Neuro setting, treating complex dysphagia associated with various diagnoses including Head and Neck Cancer, Lung Transplant Recipients. Carolyn has carved out an exciting specialty in outpatient and demonstrates …
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Send us a Text Message. #032 Kara Infante shares her career journey from military wife and physical therapist to SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) and podcaster. Being a military spouse and starting a family made her want to have flexibility in a job that allows her to still be there for her family. Kara is sharing how the “feast and famine” world of seeing …
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As SLPs, we need to advocate for our patients even when it’s hard. Irine Chacko joins Leigh Ann on the podcast to describe her experience during COVID-19 that changed her mindset and confidence in advocating and giving a voice to her patients. Irine was selected as the SLP for an acute rehab pilot program initiated at her hospital during COVID-19. …
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Ainsley Martin joins Leigh Ann on the podcast to discuss grad students and dysphagia preparedness. The majority of graduates from speech pathology graduate programs do not feel they are adequately prepared to manage dysphagia. This is often as a result of lack of clinical experience, limited educational and clinical instruction, and questionable su…
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Send us a Text Message. #031 Rayne Smyth shares her career journey from Physical Therapy into hypnotherapy. We talk about the power of mindset and surrounding yourself with a positive environment. She also shares with us how she works with moms that have the so-called “mom guilt”. Rayne tells us how through the study of craniosacral therapy she lea…
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Brooke joins Leigh Ann on the podcast to discuss the role of lymphedema in acute and chronic issues faced by people with head and neck cancer. Topics include causation, prevalence, identification, and the role of the speech pathologist. Lymphedema is a chronic and progressive disease that is highly prevalent in people with head and neck cancer. Lym…
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Hannah and Leigh Ann discuss the bad rap SNFs get. Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) often have a negative stereotype and are considered a less prestigious setting of the Med SLP continuum of care. This artificial hierarchy of Med SLP practice limits our potential to provide high quality care in these settings if we feed into stereotypes. Just like…
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Send us a Text Message. #030 Keith Liao shares his career journey from Physical Therapists to Cornell MBA & climbing gym business owner. Alternative career change to business owner. Keith, a California native, pursued an economics degree at UCLA before attending PT school in Boston. He later obtained an MBA from Cornell University. With a business-…
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What does it mean to provide care in diverse spaces? Ingrid and Leigh Ann discuss what is possible for achieving outcomes in spaces not researched. Ingrid discusses the ‘how to’ of patient centered care while recognizing the limitations of the internal research. The #1 lesson is understanding that it’s ok to be an expert that continues to learn. Ch…
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Dr. Allison Hilger joins Leigh Ann to talk about the origin of the Colorado Motor Speech Framework and how to use it in clinical practice. Dr. Hilger also discusses current clinical issues in motor speech and thoughts on treatment goals. The CO Motor Speech Framework can be used to guide your observations during motor speech assessment and to obtai…
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Send us a Text Message. #029 Kateryna Bakay shares her career journey from Physical Therapist to Cash Based Pilates Business owner. Alternative career change to Pilates Cash Business. “Physical therapy can be whatever you can build it to be. I think it's one of those fields that's not limited to only working in orthopedics or neuro and what not… It…
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In this episode, we explore the concept of staging in dementia using scales such as the Global Deterioration Scale, which helps guide our understanding of disease progression. Discover how speech-language pathologists play a vital role in providing support and implementing effective communication strategies while ensuring appropriate goals and docu…
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Allison discusses the importance of person-centered program development for folks with acquired brain injury, and empowering all clinicians to work on developing and implementing programs - it’s not just for administrators and “seasoned” clinicians! On-the-ground and ‘newer’ clinicians can do it too! Identify a gap, make a plan and work on filling …
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Send us a Text Message. #028 Monica Roe shares her career journey from Physical Therapist to author and content write. Alternative career change to author and content writer. “It ties into the idea of putting yourself out there, what you put out there actually matters, even if it doesn't matter until a couple years down the road.” Monica Roe, a phy…
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Send us a Text Message. #027 Meredith Castin shares her career journey from Physical Therapist to starting and building The Non-Clinical PT into what it is today. Alternative career change to online entrepreneur. “If I had even some passion and desire to make a difference and nobody else was already doing it, then by golly. Who better to do it than…
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Send us a Text Message. #026 Joan shares her career journey from Occupational Therapists to coach, consultant and health business owner. Alternative career change to coach and health business owner. “Don't make assumptions about career paths. Explore different options and try something new." Alternative career change to online and clinical business…
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Send us a Text Message. #025 Adam shares his career journey from Physical Therapist to becoming a Associate Product Manager and Patient Engagement. Alternative career change to health tech. “There’s this culture of understanding that transitioning is acceptable and even expected depending on the job type. So, get a job, any job, that’s the hardest …
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Send us a Text Message. #024 Jaisa shares her career and life journey to becoming a mindfulness and self compassion expert. Alternative career change for rehab professionals. “If you can increase the time you take to deepen your relationship with your body and the land you’re on, there is always insight that will unfold.” Deepening your relationshi…
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Send us a Text Message. #023 Olivia shares her career journey to becoming a Clinical Liaison. Alternative career change to clinical liaison. “I think it’s really important for us to understand ourselves and determine what we will and won’t accept.” Listen how Olivia, an OT for about 20 years, transitioned to becoming a Clinical Liaison. Catch this …
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