Today we’d like to introduce you to Jamie Segal.
Jamie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Growing up the oldest of four, with my younger siblings being triplets (yup!) shaped me into who I am and why I chose the career that I did.
All of the typical characteristics that come with being the first-born were turbocharged and intensified with having three younger siblings all at once. Looking back at growing up, I realize that I liked being in charge and taking the lead, I learned how to be flexible, I became the peacemaker, learning about compassion and understanding for my three very different siblings, relying on my ability to analyze a situation and also becoming the ultimate problem solver.
When my sister and brothers entered preschool all three of them went through speech and language therapy. At that time I was too young to fully comprehend what it was, but when it was time for me to apply to college I asked my parents “what was that therapy my siblings went through”? When they explained it to me I thought it seemed to line up with who I was, my core strengths and what I was interested in, minus one element: the desire to develop and run a business. I chose to go to Northeastern University and study speech and language pathology while also taking some classes in business. I knew within my first year at college that I would one day (sooner than later) open my own private practice.
I then went off to graduate school at James Madison University in Virginia (where all my family still lives) and when I graduated I decided to try something new, and that something new was San Diego. I worked for a speech and language therapy clinic in San Diego and quickly knew that private practice was definitely where I wanted to be.
After 3 ½ years of working at that practice, I asked my boss if I could open a satellite office for them in coastal north county San Diego, where I lived, because who wouldn’t want to work by the ocean! My boss was fully supportive and continued to be so when I asked her a few years later (two years ago) if I could go out on my own.
I took the plunge in March 2016 to create my own private practice in Encinitas and have not looked back.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
My road indeed has had some bumps and potholes along the way. But as many entrepreneurs have said, I knew that the one thing I would regret was not trying and not taking any risk.
My first notable struggle was finding a space that was welcoming to children generally and in particular those with disabilities. There is a broad range of needs for speech and language therapy for children, that makes it all the more critical to have a well suited, nurturing and matching environment conducive to meeting the therapy needs. I am now in my third and (hopefully) final space and couldn’t be happier with where I am.
Also, of course, like any small business, it takes time to establish connections, grow a client base and develop relationships in the community with like-minded health care professionals. Some might not like learning how to juggle the business side with the clinical side and call me crazy, but I love it. I’ve loved learning how to grow a business as well as staying active clinically.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Crimson by the Sea for Speech and Language Therapy – what should we know?
“The most important and beautiful gift one human can give another is, in some way, to make life a little better to live” – Ellen Browning Scripps
We have a small clinic in Encinitas where we provide comprehensive evaluations, individual therapy, group therapy and specialized workshops that run throughout the year. We work mainly with children and adolescents but can also work with adults.
We see clients with a variety of populations and disorders, including, but not limited to articulation, expressive and receptive language, auditory processing, social communication, stuttering, apraxia, executive function, Autism and Down syndrome.
There is not just one way of treating each client and we take pride in creating that unique treatment plan for every individual. We are intuitive and well versed in our craft, allowing us to evaluate and pinpoint what the areas of need are and what direction we need to go in. We take the time to get to know the needs of the whole family and actively collaborate with all involved in the clients care.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I find the foundation to success in my business is the ability to connect with my clients. You can never succeed in providing speech and language therapy if you cannot achieve that connection. That connection – with the patient and families – is important to establish in order to get the most out of therapy and to have a long sustaining relationship that is successful for my clients. I would say that the next critical quality to succeed is that of being a great evaluator.
Specifically, being able to assess the client at all times and making appropriate recommendations and referrals is critical. I truly look at the whole person and know what flexibility is in the clinical world. You can’t follow the same suite for every person with the same disorder, you have to be willing and experienced to pull from every avenue in creating a unique treatment plan.
- Address: 2210 Encinitas Blvd. Suite J-2
Encinitas, CA 92024
- Website: www.crimsonbythesea.com
- Phone: 858-344-1985
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org