An SLP Who Left Her Facility to Start a Global Virtual Voice Clinic with Melissa Grassia Chisholm

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade, right?

For a lot of SLPs, it can be hard to do that. Maybe we think our job would crumble without us. Maybe we think we have no other choice but to just accept the sour situations life throws at us.

If you’re feeling trapped in a particularly unsavory situation right now, let THIS episode serve as your inspiration and motivation to follow your passion and make the career pivot you’re meant to make. 

Melissa Grassia Chisholm, M.S. CCC-SLP, was working full-time in a hospital when her son was diagnosed with leukemia. With her world completely flipped upside-down, she made the decision to leave her job and build a virtual voice clinic instead so she could be with her son while pursuing her passion.

Tune in to this week’s episode of the Swallow Your Pride Podcast to hear how Melissa did it, what her virtual clinic looks like, her goals to expand globally, and the EXACT moment she knew that leaving her hospital was the right move.

If you or someone you know is searching for affordable and accessible voice therapy, you’re invited to check out Melissa’s virtual clinic at Use the promo code “swallowyourpride” to get 10% off the first month of her Voice Rehab Program!

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Melissa's Career Background (00:01:05)
Melissa's Vocal Health Struggles (00:06:14)
Leadership Role at Cleveland Clinic (00:08:33)
Transition to Private Practice (00:10:53)
Balancing Family and Career (00:13:06)
Blood Test Results and Hospital Visit (00:15:11)
Leukemia Treatment Journey (00:19:07)
Career Transition and Growth (00:20:04)
Mentorship and Team Building (00:22:01)
Addressing Healthcare Cuts and Virtual Clinic (00:25:42)
Live Group Coaching (00:30:16)
Affordable Teletherapy (00:31:23)
Legal and Medicare Guidelines (00:32:55)
Patient Support and Navigation (00:34:33)
Care in Healthcare (00:36:39)
Inspiring Passion and Support (00:38:45)
Finding Melissa and Future Plans (00:40:27)

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