COMPANY: Speech Path of Brevard
EDUCATION: East Carolina University, B.S. in Special Education; University of Central Florida, M.A. in Communicative Disorders
YEARS IN INDUSTRY: 8
Angie Taylor, owner of Speech Path of Brevard (SPB), has taken the road less traveled. After enjoying time as a special education teacher and then a stay-at-home mom, she returned to school to pursue a master’s degree in Communicative Disorders. As a summa cum laude graduate of both East Carolina University and the University of Central Florida, she is no stranger to hard work. Taylor gained her clinical expertise in the hospital, home health, skilled nursing and school setting.The knowledge she obtained enabled her to open her private practice in 2012.
Taylor described starting her own practice as “a total leap of faith, as if I was literally jumping off a cliff.” In hindsight, she added, “there were many days I wondered what in the world I had done.” But her initiatives quickly began attracting attention.
Quickly recognizing the diverse needs of her clients, she expanded her clinic in the summer of 2013 to include physical therapy (birth to 3 years) and occupational therapy services. With rapid growth came new challenges that led Taylor to weVENTURE’s IGNITE 360 Business Mentoring Program.
“I really wasn’t a numbers person, but my team showed me how critical it was to analyze cash flow and to compare each month’s performance to the month before,” she said.
As a result of getting involved in the program, SPB saw a 393 percent increase in total accounts receivable from 2014-2015. Taylor’s practice also grew from four therapists to 12. “More than anything, my mentors gave me the confidence to run my business,” she said. “My passion for helping others took care of the rest.”
The exciting growth for SPB continues. This month, her team will be moving into their new, custom-designed facility off of Suntree Boulevard. It will include a therapy gym, sensory room and large kitchen with an observation window to treat feeding disorders.
“A strong team makes everything we do possible,” said Taylor.
This executive profile is sponsored by weVENTURE at Florida Institute of Technology, which ignites the economic power of women through entrepreneurship.