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All Hands In


SLP Private Practice in Color began as a Facebook Group to create a safe space for clinicians of color to connect, network, and mentor as practitioners who have or are seeking to establish his or her own Private Practice. The data shows that only 7.9% of ASHA Certified Speech-Language Pathologist constituents identify as a minority. Our journey has quickly expanded to include actively advocating for increased diversity and dismantling of racial inequities that allow for disparities within our field. Please embark with us upon this journey towards Equity for all. Let's Grow Together.

Meet the Founder & Administrators

The Faces of Our Organization


Tamala H. Close MS, CCC-SLP

SLP Private Practice in Color, Founder

Tamala H. Close is the founder of SLP Private Practice in Color. She is a Dallas Texas native who received her undergraduate degree in CSD from the University of Houston, and a graduate degree from the illustrious Southern University A & M's Speech-Language Pathology Program. Upon graduation, she moved to Tallahassee Florida where she worked at a skilled nursing facility, and it was at the end of my SNF tenure that I decided to go PRN to launch her own Private Practice. She then formed her private practice Close to Perfection Speech Therapy Services, LLC in May 2018. It was because of the mentorship of two African American SLP PP owner’s willingness to disseminate their knowledge that gave her the idea to found SLP Private Practice in Color Facebook Group to provide a safe space for resources, networking, and mentorship for clinicians of color who decided to step out on faith and form their own practice. She has recently relocated back to Dallas, Texas, formed Close to Perfection Therapy Services, PLLC, and am contracted with a charter her locally. She urges us all to utilize this platform and be a stepping stone and constant resource for each other. She believes there is undoubtedly enough space for us all to grow and flourish as independent contractors and PP owners. Let's grow together.

Tailyr McAlpin, MS CCC-SLP

SLP Private Practice in Color, Administrator

Tailyr McAlpin is an administrator of SLP Private Practice in Color; and the owner of Tailored Speech & Feeding Therapy LLC in Baton Rouge, LA. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, La. and then completed her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Southern University. Tailyr is an American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certified speech-language pathologist. She has specialized training in working with children with developmental disabilities, swallowing/feeding disorders, and autism spectrum disorders including Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) and Hanen: It Takes Two to Talk. She previously worked in the  school system, where she served students of all ages and served alongside a team of specialists that were put together to revamp the structure of services offered for students with autism within the parish. Tailyr provides specialized therapy and evaluation services for children with all developmental backgrounds and communicative deficits and is very passionate and committed to working with her families of children with communicative and feeding disorders. Tailyr believes that networking and mentorship positively impacts the growth of an SLP.


Britney Desir, MS, CCC-SLP

SLP Private Practice in Color, Administrator

Britney Desir is an SLP Private Practice in Color Administrator. She is the Owner of Therapeutic Endeavors, LLC in Tallahassee, Fl. Britney started her career at the age of 21 practicing speech therapy in the school system for 5 years. She moved on from the school system to provide skilled speech-language service in a skilled nursing/rehabilitation facility, private practice, and home health.
She graduated from Florida State University Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders shortly thereafter.
Britney Desir is married with two amazing little boys, one who inspired her interest in early intervention due to his premature birth. She has personal and work experience overcoming challenges caused by developmental delays. Not only does Britney have a special interest in early intervention, but she also has a passion for geriatrics and adults that may suffer from consequences of strokes, traumatic brain injuries, dysphagia, or other debilitating disorders. She has mentored SLPs on their journey to becoming private practice owners including the SLP PPIC Founder, Tamala H. Close. She feels that it is imperative that we all reach back and bring others with us on our journey towards sucess in the field.

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