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Thank you for taking the time to visit us. Just
by coming here we know that you are interested in the added
“Career Value” that only a Private Clinical
Practice can provide you.
Choosing the Right Setting
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The majority of Speech/Language Pathologists work in the schools.Some other settings include hospitals, outpatient care facilities, skilled nursing facilities and the State or Federal governments. A small percentage work in private practice.
While we understand that each of these settings has its own appeal and benefits, private practices, in our opinion, can offer a far richer
Career Value (return
Just exactly what is “Career Value?”
It is your career experience practiced in an environment,
which provides the optimal return on your educational investment
and need to serve the “caring” field that you
have chosen in the best possible environment for both you
and your patients. This environment should be one that uniquely
suits you and your expectations for patient care.
Simply put it is the measure of optimal professional,
personal and financial enrichment.
We know you are looking for two very important
conditions from your place of employment, whether you are
an experienced clinician or a CFY just getting started. You
want a place where your can experience your career in a truly
meaningful way while at the same time enjoy the financial
rewards your experience and education have earned you.
We believe that, on balance, a private practice
is where these two elements most closely can be realized.
What Makes a Private
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The very fact that you have chosen to visit
this site indicates that you are interested in the Private
Practice setting. We appreciate that and would like to clarify
what we believe are the benefits of this choice.
We find that most therapists initially enter
the “caring profession” because they are caring
people seeking to help others. There are many ways a Private
Practice suits this extraordinary goal.
A Private Practice affords a great deal
of one-to-one, or individual therapy. There is an abundant
amount of clinical literature that speaks to the
benefits of individual therapy and how it is the
optimal delivery model for may types of patients
with speech/language disorders. It also allows for close work with parents/caregivers and family members to help a patient move forward and reach their goals.
In a Private Practice there is great
opportunity to establish long-term relationships with
patients and their families. Patients,
of course, have varying degrees of disabilities and needs,
but therapy is frequently a long-term commitment and
many families are dedicated to the process.
Private practices such as our own have
a high degree of family involvement and parent participation. You"ll
find that we have wonderful, enthusiastic families committed
to long-term care and to carrying out therapy activities
and recommendations in their home and community to ensure
the best success for their child(ren). We include
families in therapy, when appropriate, especially for
children in the early intervention category, and always
provide parent education. This allows parents and
families to learn activities and important techniques
to improve their own interaction with their child as
well as ways to help generalize their child's therapy
Additionally, in our practice, we have
established a “Co-Treatment” program whereby a clinician
can join the primary therapist for a portion of their
session to observe and/or interact in the treatment
of their patient. We have found that there
are a number of exciting benefits to this program. For
one, a patient receives the benefit of having additional
clinician(s) to exchange ideas, provide a second
opinion and/or give assistance. Another
benefit is that therapists enjoy the opportunity
to learn new methods and techniques, use of novel materials,
and new ways to use old materials. Therapists
are also excited to be able to observe patients with
etiologies, symptoms or disorders, which they, perhaps,
do not have on their caseload.
Our practice also allows for flexibility
in our treatment paradigms. For example, on occasion
and as is appropriate, two clinicians may get together
with their individual patients for part of a session
to facilitate certain goals or add a social component
into therapy for which we specifically train. As
you can imagine this provides a much richer environment
for your patient than they might otherwise experience. This
paradigm is not considered group therapy since each child
has his or her own clinician present.
Other features of our
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Another important and critical consideration is that a private facility, such as ours, can afford greater flexibility in obtaining treatment materials since they are not required to depend on committees or government funding to purchase appropriate materials and in the quantities needed.Our clinic provides over 2000 therapy books and materials, children's books, games, speech/language and learning CDs and toys for your use. It is not unusual for us to purchase specific therapy material for just a single child, when needed. Further, we typically have the most up-to-date testing material available. This extensive library is constantly being updated.
Our practice also has a number of computers, with separate computers for administrative duties, such as writing reports, and therapy. Each individual therapy room has a computer that can be used for learning programs and CDs as well as administrative work. They are also equipped with an internet connection so the Web is just a click away from helping a child.
Therapy rooms are specifically designed to enhance treatment. They are not general office spaces. These rooms are designed with the pediatric population in mind. We also have specialty rooms designed for specific purposes. There are specific treatment rooms for Adolescents/Adults, Small Group Therapy, Representational Play, and Sensory- Motor Play.
Another feature that you will find useful is our fully video equipped facility. Each treatment room has the ability to videotape a session. This concept was originally created based on a particular preschooler who, when his session was recorded, would take the video home, watch it and practice his speech along with the video (this was wonderful especially in light of the fact that he had verbal dyspraxia). Clinicians can, if they see it as appropriate and with parent consent, videotape for many reasons such as mentioned above or, for example, for recording progress, reviewing your own session (for example, a diagnostic session), providing training for parents, providing feedback for your patient, providing training for other staff members, and use for review by other professionals working with your patient.
Our clinic even maintains a small but colorful menagerie of small animals that provides reward and interest for children and their families. We find this an extremely enriching experience for our patients.
All of these features can be viewed on one of the videos
provided on our home page of this site. These videos
are also a great way for parents to get acquainted with our
facility prior to coming in to see us. Your personal
clinical biography will also be posted on our extensive site
so parents can get to know you and your credentials.
This is a serious consideration for every working person
who must earn a living. Any organization looking to
hire competent staff must offer a competitive salary; if
they don't, they simply will not be able to attract
or keep staff successfully.
The shortage of qualified clinicians is a matter of record
and is no surprise to anyone entering the field or to potential
employers. We address this issue in an open and direct
If you have not received an offer, we would be happy to provide a figure for serious candidates. We base salaries on number of years in the field, experience and areas of expertise. We only ask that if you receive a better offer, we be given a chance to negotiate in response to that offer.
Our basis for establishing salary rates are:
1) our experience with other candidates and 2) our constant
review of the market place and salary surveys (as can be
found through professional organizations and online) at the time we are seeking candidates.
Candidates frequently want to know what their take-home" pay will be. That can only be answered according to each individual "personal financial situation. Take-home pay is based on a number of separate factors such as the number of dependents you will claim, the state taxes due in whatever state you are employed, your personal investments, home ownership, other deductions you may have and other issues. However, one way we try to help a candidate determine this is by providing a very detailed accounting of every dollar you will earn with us. This is presented in a proprietary computer program that computes your direct salary, the value of all the additional benefits you will earn with us, and all the state and federal programs that will be paid on your behalf.This will include Social Security, Workman's Compensation Insurance, etc.
Private companies pay about 15% more than the face value
of your salary to various agencies on your behalf. This
means that if, for example, you are being paid $50,000.00
(for illustration purposes only) per year, your employer
will pay an additional $7,500.00 on your behalf.
Additionally, We will pay a CFY's
initial certification as well as the first year's license
fee for your RPE.
Health Benefits (return
Another topic candidates frequently inquired about is Health
Insurance. We offer HMO or PPO health insurance. We
will pay for 75% the monthly premium of the HMO plan. You
may choose the PPO plan however, we do not participate in
that addition premium cost of this plan. If you choose
this added benefit we will pay 75% of the HMO cost and you
would pay the differential of the added cost of the PPO program. The
premium cost is based on your age and location of residence.
We also provide HMO dental insurance and will cover this 100%. Again, you may choose the PPO Dental program on the same basis as our Health Insurance Package. Optional Eye coverage is also available.
The state of California requires that you be employed for
one full month to be eligible for health insurance. Beyond
this required month, there is no additional waiting period
to be eligible.
Regarding time off for health reasons, we provide the following. (1) You receive three paid sick days as a matter of routine. If circumstances require additional days, we will be happy to sit down on a case-by-case basis and extend the number of paid sick days, as appropriate.(2) We also provide seven personal paid days off. You can take these days for whatever reason you need. Sometimes we refer to them as mental health days.
Time-off from work (return
There is no waiting period to take time off. We have
this policy because we often find that candidates who join
us have long-standing plans to take time off for a scheduled
vacation or family event. Vacation time is calculated
on a weekly basis but may be taken when needed. We
do ask that you be responsible for “coverage” so
your patents will not go untreated during your absence. Our
operational staff is always able to help you find coverage.
You are entitled to two weeks paid vacation. We also honor
the traditional seven national holidays: New
Years Day, Memorial Day, The Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving
and the day after, and Christmas day.
Altogether you will be afforded 27 paid days off per year. A working year is 260 workdays long, so you will work 233 days, which is 10.75 working months per year (we have broken this down for you because we have been asked about this issue from previous candidates)..
Other time off includes a specified amount for jury duty as well as bereavement should unfortunate circumstances necessitate it.
Other State and Federal
Benefits and Other Insurances (return
The clinic will pay for your Workman's Compensation
Insurance, which is provided over and above health insurance
in the event you are injured or become unable to work as
a direct result of your employment with the company.
We also provide you with Personal Liability insurance under
our company policy. This would be used to protect you
in the event that a personal liability claim should arise
out of your company clinical involvement with patients.
We will also provide 50% of your Unemployment Compensation
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Our practice provides for continuing education in two ways.
First, you will attend the weekly staff meeting. This
meeting is used for the exchange of information between clinicians
concerning on-going cases of interest and it provides a forum
for internal and external speakers covering various subjects. We
call these lectures in-services. Professionals from
other fields or areas of specialty are invited to provide
valuable education in a small group setting. This program
is valued at $1,600.00 per year and is free to you.
We also offer you a minimum of a once per
year (and perhaps more depending on the cost/location of
the seminar) outside seminar of your choice. We are committed to lifelong learning and encourage this philosophy for those who work with us.
We Believe in a Meaningful
Work/Life Balance Paradigm (return
We feel that the best clinicians are people who have learned
the value of balancing their careers and their personal life.
"Burnout" is a very real phenomenon in the helping professions. We often hear about “burnout” in the Speech
and Language profession. Burnout is likely due
to exhausting caseloads and extensive paperwork. We feel it is
important for an organization to be aware of and respond
to these types of trends.
Average caseloads run high in many settings. Coupled with evaluations, reports, meetings, and other required paperwork, it is no wonder that clinicians are wondering how to squeeze it all in.
To combat this issue, our clinic has initiated a number
of policies that help alleviate the problem. For
one, we have found that by typically holding therapy hours
(actual therapy provided) to 28-30 per week and one evaluation
every one-two weeks, that our clinicians fare much better and
are able to dedicate more time to preparing and reviewing
for quality therapy sessions. We also give each clinician a weekly block of time for administrative work, whereby the clinician can count on that time every week to do paperwork, treatment planning, and/or collaborate with family and/or outside professionals from the office or home. This block of time is in the clinician's hands to spend as is most appropriate for them. In addition, we listen to individual needs. If a clinician needs extra time in a particular week for administrative purposes, we block that time for them. Although the clinic bills
less secondary to reduced clinical hours, we feel this paradigm
leads to our primary goal, which is to all clinicians to
provide substantive therapy that is well planned, organized
and executed. As a private organization we are in a
unique position to make this concern a priority.
Further, and to the above aim, we have an excellent administrative
staff, which assists in patient sign-in, scheduling, phone
calls, and therapy clean up. We also have staff who do all the billing. With this assistance
a therapist can put more time into their clinical duties.
Another way we have been able to improve the work environment
is to provide computerized report examples and templates
for written reports. Moreover, if documentation can be completed
off-site, our clinicians are free to complete the work at
home or wherever is secured and comfortable, as noted above,
and use their laptop or home computer. We will provide
you with a method of “dialing into our server” as well as provide you access our practice management system from
your personal system so documentation can be completed offsite
just as easily as it might be at the office. We also have many materials on our server for those who like to peruse different therapy and educational materials and plan ahead.
We also provide you with an e-mail account where you can
receive personal or business email whenever the need
Supervision and Training
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Supervision and training are vital for a successful career
no matter what level of experience you have. For therapists
in their clinical fellowship year (CFY/RPE), it is crucial. We
feel it is so important that our two owners personally conduct
a great amount of the supervision.
Our President and Founder, Lynne Alba, personally supervises
all clinical staff. This supervision includes heading
up the weekly staff meetings, providing at least a half hour
to one hour of one-on-one meeting time, and offering clinical
training, as appropriate, with each clinician on a weekly
basis. She also supervises the training of all CFYs.
Over the years Lynne has developed an impressive set of
credentials in a number of areas and is recognized as a local
leader in her field. She is an excellent listener,
trainer, diagnostician, and mentor. A number of our
alumni have gone on to establish their own private practices
after receiving her tutorage.
Bob Alba is our Director of Operations and will take the
time to personally train you on every aspect of your operational
duties including E-Mail, Intra-Mail, Computer programs particular
to our practice and the various forms you will need to completely
integrate well into our clinic.
The majority of our paperwork and reporting is now computerized
and aids in making life easier for everyone.
Custom Career Plan Program
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We are not only interested in you coming to join our practice
and provide services; we are interested in your long-term
career goals. Within a short time of joining our team,
we will begin the process of customizing your career path
while you are at the clinic.
We will ask you where your professional goals lie and what
we can do to help you reach those goals. This may mean
that you have an area of specialty that you would like to
pursue. Or it might even mean that you would like to
know more about management or computer sciences. You
might enjoy working with adults, adolescents or other specific
populations. You may have a particular interest in
a certain type of disorder. It is possible that you
may be interested in research or even publishing case studies.
These things are important to us and we want to be an active
part of you reaching whatever goal you have in your professional
Each clinician who comes to join us is different and has
different goals and dreams, so we want to make sure that
we recognize that individuality and support it actively. There
are many ways this can be done and all we have to do is explore
the possibilities together. We are always interested
in investing in education and the acquisition of knowledge. Ours
is an excellent setting to be able to conceive of new programs,
present them to the team, design them and then make them
Extra Pay for Project
or Program Development (return
There is no reason why you should not be rewarded
for developing programs that profit the clinic. We encourage all our
staff to be proactive in devising new projects or programs
that will enrich the experience of our patients while at
the same time add value or income to the clinic.
When this happen successfully, we feel it is only natural
to reward the associate who had put in that extra time and
effort with a monitory reward, time off or some other form
Paid FBI and DOJ Checks
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Since personal security for all of our pediatric patients
is so important and vital, we have all associates fingerprinted
and FBI and Department of Justice background checked. The
clinic will pay for your time during this process as well
as for the fees that are due.
The Bottom Line (return
that a private practice setting is not for everyone. For
it to be of special value, a candidate must have a predisposition
toward working in this type of setting. Our experience
is that it is best suited for those that understand the added
value that a private practice setting provides for the patient
as well as for their own career goals and lifestyle desirers.
Negotiation, it is not
over till it is over. (return to
It is important for you to realize that
any part of this plan is negotiable. We are flexible
and can give and take on issues that are important to both
of us. We will be open to discussing all employment features
and concerns you bring to the table. A healthy review of any
employment opportunity is never complete until all options
have been explored thoroughly.
We feel very strongly that, on balance, we offer
a unique opportunity for this type of candidate. To summarized,
More than competitive pay
Great Medical Benefits and programs
A 10.75-month working year
Pay for Program Development
Paid initial ASHA certification paid as well as first year CA license fee
Personal Liability Insurance paid
Paid FBI/DOJ background check
Paid Educational Plan
Free E-mail account
On the job illness or injury insurance contribution
Social security retirement contribution
Quality of Life Benefits
Reasonable caseloads and excellent administrative time
One-on-one therapy paradigms as well as small Social Skills and small Toddler Speech/Language groups
High parent and family involvement and
long term bonded relationships
A superior facility, especially designed
for a pediatric population
Diverse and interesting caseloads
Excellent therapy and testing materials
A completely computerized facility
Great operational support
Team Collaboration and Co-Treat Program
Great location near all points of interest,
great beaches, shopping centers, one of the safest cities
in the US
Customized Career Plans