I am grateful for the opportunity to announce our 2nd spotlight of 2019, February spotlight Michelle Selinsky. Michelle was nominated by a fellow therapist in a district she’s in, and I couldn't agree more with the nomination. Michelle always steps up to help team members, shows flexibility with her schools, and continuously collaborates with our clinical team to provide functional services. Jessie Jaskulsky, Maryland Team Lead, when speaking about Michelle remarked that “she has a 'can-do' attitude and is really a team player.” Let’s get to know more about Michelle!
What made you want to become a speech therapist?
I started college with the prospect of becoming an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter. After taking a few courses and completing some observations, I realized that I wanted to work in a job where I’d play more of an active role in the lives of individuals with communication disorders. My older sister, who was in the Speech-Language Pathology program at my college, recommended becoming an SLP. When I was younger, I went through years of speech therapy, so I realized that this field was a perfect fit for me! While I still love practicing ASL, I know that becoming a speech therapist was the correct decision for me.
What made you want to join the DotCom Therapy team?
Prior to working at DotCom Therapy, I worked in a large inner city school district in a brick-and-mortar setting. I loved all of the students and staff at my schools, but I did not feel I received necessary support as a speech-language pathologist in order to be the best therapist possible. I felt burnt out from driving to the city each day, having an unrealistically high caseload, and not having an ample support system in place to field questions and work through difficult cases.
That’s when I discovered DotCom Therapy.
Two things stood out to me with DotCom Therapy compared to other teletherapy companies:
- DCT was founded by speech-language pathologists, so I knew that the company truly valued what it was like to be a therapist and the internal team knew the unique needs and struggles that we face in our industry.
- The amount of support that the therapists receive is unparalleled! (and so so necessary)
What has been your favorite thing about teletherapy?
Teletherapy is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
Each morning I love waking up, putting on my DCT shirt (and comfy leggings and slippers!) and “commuting” to my office, which is only a short walk upstairs. I really enjoy that I am able to provide speech and language therapy to students from the comfort of my home, no matter what the weather is like outside. I love that I have the flexibility of when I schedule students, allowing me to make other appointments without having to cancel therapy sessions. Teletherapy allows me to have a better work/life balance which immensely improves my emotional and mental wellbeing.
Fill in the blank. When I’m not working, you’ll most likely find me….
Baking delicious desserts in my kitchen, bingeing Netflix on the couch with my husband and 2 cats, going for a walk, traveling the world, visiting the local library, or geeking out over Harry Potter (Go Ravenclaw!).
As you can tell from her responses, she’s a fun and knowledgeable team member and I’m proud to call her a colleague! Thank you Michelle for all you do!
Interested in working alongside incredible teletherapists like Michelle?