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Episode 12- Erica Schuppe on Growing a Trauma-Informed Multidisciplinary Pediatric Practice

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Erica Schuppe

Growing a Trauma-Informed Multi-Disciplinary Pediatric Practice

Erica Schuppe is the owner of Wild Roots Therapy in Billings, Montana. Her multi-disciplinary practice includes occupational therapists and a counselor who use a team-based approach to support families with children who have experienced trauma. In this episode, we learn how Wild Roots stays sustainable even with a clientele consisting of 80-90% Medicaid clients! Erica shares all about growing her practice and how she feeds her own soul as an OT entrepreneur. In this episode, Erica shares:

  • How her experience as a foster and adoptive parent influenced her work as an occupational therapist

  • Her training in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics by Dr. Bruce Perry of the Child Trauma Academy

  • How she manages a practice taking 80-90% Medicaid clients.

  • How you should research what Medicaid will reimburse in your state before you start a private practice.

  • How Erica supplements her clinic-based income with presentations, assessments, and consulting.

  • How she re-branded her business after many years in private practice as a solopreneur to a whole team under the new name: Wild Roots Therapy in 2018.

  • How she chose the name for her business (always a fun story to hear from an entrepreneur!).

  • How she doubled her space and her staff within 18 months of re-branding!!

  • Communication in a multi-disciplinary office.

  • How business coaching has played a role in her development as an entrepreneur.

  • Keeping a growth mindset as a business owner.

  • Erica’s number one tip for getting un-stuck as an entrepreneur.

  • How Kate Northrup’s book “Do Less” inspired her work.

  • Time being your most valuable commodity…and why you should hire people to help you!

  • How the intake process works at her practice.

  • The benefits and caveats of electronic medical records (EMRs)

  • Why you should get your finances in place the second you start your business.

  • Why hiring the right people is key in managing a business.

  • How to have good boundaries and open-hearted communication with your staff.

  • Why being a fieldwork supervisor can generate some of the best employees for your business.

  • How you can use the Enneagram to build and balance your team in your business.

You can check out Erica’s practice at www.wildrootstherapy.org, follow Wild Roots Therapy on Facebook, or connect with her on Instagram @wildrootstherapy

Thanks for coming on the show Erica and sharing all your wisdom with the MYOTBiz listeners!

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Episode 3: How You Can Maximize Your TIME as an Entrepreneur- Part 1 of 3!

This week's episode starts a 3 part series on how to manage and MAXIMIZE your TIME as an entrepreneur.  Learn tips and tricks to become more efficient in managing all the to-do's as you run and grow your business.

Here are the resources discussed in this episode! (Some are affiliate links at no additional cost to you):

  1. Get it ALL out of your head!

  • TRELLO Project Management App. I seriously don’t know how I ran my business before I had Trello. There are SO MANY applications for this useful tool in our businesses. I use it to organize everything in my life.

Here’s an example of some of my monthly lists for managing my business. Each card can be moved, edited, have attachments, checklists, notes, etc. Check out the short video below for how I use a weekly calendar in Trello.

Here’s an example of some of my monthly lists for managing my business. Each card can be moved, edited, have attachments, checklists, notes, etc. Check out the short video below for how I use a weekly calendar in Trello.

2. Establish your top 3 must-do’s each day.

For me during the start of my business, one thing was SELF-REFLECTION. Here are the questions I used:

  1. What went well? (POSITIVES)

  2. What went wrong? (PROBLEMS)

  3. What will I do differently next time? (PROACTIVE SOLUTIONS)

3. Time block your schedule.

Here’s a link to a calendar-creation site that I use to create a color-coded time-blocked schedule each fall and spring semester.

And here’s an example of what my fall semester looked like:

This was an example of an IDEAL week. I almost never hit the mark perfectly, but it served as a compass to guide me back to what I needed to do when I got off track! (And reminded me of priorities.)

This was an example of an IDEAL week. I almost never hit the mark perfectly, but it served as a compass to guide me back to what I needed to do when I got off track! (And reminded me of priorities.)

That’s it for this week! Jump in and take action on one of these things to help you manage your time better! Comment below if you’ve used any of these strategies or have other tips to share!

Episode 1: Mind Your OT Business Podcast!

Welcome to the Mind Your OT Business podcast! In this first episode, I tell the story of my path to business ownership and share why I’m starting this podcast FOR and BY occupational therapy entrepreneurs. We talk all about what it means to be empowered and equipped to be a savvy and successful entrepreneur as an occupational therapy business owner…and what exactly this podcast will be all about. Please subscribe, comment, and let me know what YOU want to hear on the podcast. This is all about getting you the info you want and need as an OT business owner!

Here are the links for you to take ACTION on any of the content from this first episode:

March 2011 American Journal of Occupational Therapy article- Wanted: Entrepreneurs in Occupational Therapy by Anderson & Nelson

April 2017 Australian Occupational Therapy Journal article- Learning Management by Self-Employed Occupational Therapists in Private Practice by Milsteed, Redmond, & Walker

Get your FREE resources (SUPERBILL template + ENTREPRENEUR CHECKLIST) from Laura here.