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This week’s edition of Travel Talk comes courtesy of Melissa Jones.  Melissa ruminates on life as a traveling SLP with her husband at the blog: Keeping up with the Joneses.  The post below chronicles her choice of travel and her experience with Advanced Medical. 


It was a year ago today that my whole adventure with traveling therapy and Advanced Medical began. A year ago, I was in a job that I loved with amazing coworkers and patients- we really enjoyed northwest Arkansas and had even toyed with the idea of buying a house. The caseload at work got really low, and I started to get worried about my hours getting cut and/or possibly losing my job- I expressed this concern and was told that I should probably look around. So I did. And the rest is history.

I found Advanced Medical through looking at job listings on We had previously talked about moving somewhere completely out there like Alaska, and so I was looking at a listing in Anchorage from Advanced. I filled out their “contact me” form on their super handy website, and was informed that I would be contacted by a recruiter soon. The next day I received a call from DJ Deaton, who educated me on travel therapy and the benefits of Advanced Medical. I had never heard of travel therapy and was quickly intrigued. However, my interest was hindered by my thinking: there is no way we could just pick up and move and move- every 3 months at that! What a crazy thought.

Braden and I talked about it extensively and since I had never heard of traveling therapy before, we had a lot of questions. Luckily, DJ answered all my silly questions and was very nice throughout. I randomly met another therapist who worked for Advanced, and she put me in touch with my current recruiter, Amy. Amy was incredibly patient with me as I asked her question after question (a page front and back!) and also provided meaningful support throughout the decision-making process.

Working for Advanced Medical has been an incredible experience so far. I have been impressed with how much they care about and support their therapists. A year ago it would have been impossible for me to imagine us being travelers. Deciding to put everything in storage and move around the country just seemed implausible. And yet, its been one of the best decisions we have ever made.

Here’s to another great year of adventure with Advanced Medical!