Interview with Lisa Fruhstuck: Providing Opportunities For Your Local Community

Running a successful private allied health practice depends on many things, but one of the key elements that can sometimes be underestimated is knowing and understanding your local community.

In this interview Lisa Fruhstuck, director and speech pathologist extraordinaire at Shine Early Intervention, shares her secrets for running a successful private practice and providing opportunities for both families and children as independents from her local community.

Shine Early Intervention is based in the Macarthur region of New South Wales. The private practice provides high quality mobile speech pathology services for children with Developmental Delay, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome and other complex diagnosis aged 0-7.

The practice is the brainchild of Lisa who saw a need for a private early intervention team in the wider Sydney region and, 5 years later, are expanding to provide more opportunities for their local community.

Lisa has over 18 years’ experience working in Australia with children with special needs, having working in the government and not-for-profit sectors prior to opening the practice.

Listen to the short 30-minute chat to find out more about Lisa, her plans for the future and her words of wisdom for her fellow allied health business owners.

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Topics covered in this episode:

  • Where did private practice start for Lisa?
  • What the first 5 years have been like – a rollercoaster adventure
  • Who’s in the team?
  • Managing the team
  • What makes Shine Early Intervention different?
  • The importance of a local team and a local business
  • Getting the message across – Facebook, local expos + word of mouth
  • Secret sauce for recruiting
  • Dreams and plans for the next year
  • Follow Shine Early Intervention progress on Facebook
  • What have you learnt so far in business?  
  • Work experience for children with disabilities
  • What have you learnt about yourself?
  • The development of the Shine Shed – what will it provide?
  • How will the Shine Shed be used for delivering therapy?
  • Countdown to Opening Day – October 2018
  • Plans for 2019 – implement groups, recruit more therapy staff + developing current staff
  • Using the play facility to develop future staff
  • Dreams post-Shed
  • Clinical work vs management work – 2 days a week clinical
  • Words of wisdom for allied health business owners


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