So what happened was when I was in high school, I decided I thought I wanted to go for nursing. And I then was watching one of my friends give blood and I passed out and she didn't. So I decided to go to this health fair, I was already accepted into a college for Nursing at the time.
But I wanted to go to this fair over the summer before I started college at Misericordia University. And my mom was with me. And she thought I would definitely go to the nursing health fair (because that's what I was going to go into), and I decided to look at these other therapies, which were physical therapy was there, occupational therapy, speech-language. pathology was there and I decided to go for the speech one.
And I learned what they told me is you'll always have a job. You can work in any setting pretty much you can work in your home, you can work in other's homes, you can work for the government, you can work in nursing homes, pretty much anywhere, schools - there are so many different settings, you can work outpatient clinics or hospitals.
So because of that, there's such a need, and anybody from birth to the end of life, there was a lot of flexibility. And I also liked that they said even if you have a job, kind of like if you picked up serving shifts at a restaurant, you're on the weekends or something or during the nights, you could still do that too in the speech-language pathology field because there's always PRN shifts where you can pick up extra shifts and make extra money and also serve more people. So that was really great.
And I heard that the field was never enough speech-language pathologists, so people are calling you left and right trying to give you a job. When I heard that, I knew after I got out at least I would have a job. And the minute I graduated college, I was having my phone after I graduated with my bachelor's and master's in four and a half years it usually takes six years. I decided to go to the summer and a lot of extra credits. I decided also to travel after I got out of school and I got to go to some amazing places because my phone was ringing off the hook once I graduated for two weeks straight. I mean eight o'clock in the morning till 930 at night people were calling me recruiters were calling. And I ended up going to live in Virginia for a while right on the water near Chincoteague Virginia. That's where the wild horses are.
And then I got to spend a year working as a speech-language pathologist in Hawaii in a school there and also doing home health. So I did that a little bit in my 20s. And then I finally came back to Pennsylvania and then went with my husband to Ohio, and got a really good experience. What happened was, when I moved from Ohio - Pennsylvania, Ohio, I decided to take the maternity leave position with a contract company.
And all the times that I was doing this (before I was just doing contract companies), and the one special education director looked at me and she said, You're amazing, we love you. But we don't like your contract company. And for me, it was fine. It didn't affect me, because I would just jump companies to be in the location I wanted. It wasn't that I was partial to a company. I was partial to where I wanted to be. So I had a lot of choices, you have a lot of choices with my career.
And because of that, she looked at me and she goes, Tara, if you start your own company and your own business, I'll hire you every year. And she did the one online, decided to get my LLC - got it. I also went to my local SBDC where they will help you to start your business. And I went and talked to them. And I did it and then I got a contract for the school and we started our extended school year services, and then also did some summers with them in some other schools.
I would work full time and grow my business for about three years and I decided to still work, do some nursing home PRN work, and build this. And then finally, this past year I decided in April to stop doing PRN work in 2020 and just really focused on Televine therapy. And we've grown tremendously.
Before it was just mainly me and a couple of other employees and maybe one speech-language pathologist because now we have occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists in two states orofacial myofunctional, therapists, speech-language pathologist, and we even have therapists that have their license, Massachusetts and West Virginia and also obviously Ohio and Pennsylvania. So we've really grown a lot in this time and really excelled it in the last since the end of probably 2017 is when we've grown the most now.