Priscila Cunha Santos - High Hopes Dubai

Priscila Cunha Santos

Senior Pediatric Physical Therapist
Neurology and Neuroscience, PhD
DHA License Number: 26093763-001

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Priscila Cunha Santos is licensed by the Regional Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy of the 3rd Region (CREFITO 3) in Brazil and the Dubai Health Authority (DHA).

Priscila graduated in Physiotherapy in 2002 and achieved her Doctorate Degree in Neurology and Neuroscience from the Federal University of São Paulo (Brazil) in 2015. She is also a certified postgraduate in Motor Physiotherapy applied to Neurology by the same University and in Intervention in Neuropediatrics by the Federal University of Sao Carlos, both in Brazil.

Within her 21 years of experience in children’s neurological rehabilitation processes, Priscila has been working with Neurofunctional Physiotherapy in a clinical set, including Hydrotherapy and Intensive programs. Priscila was a Professor for five years, teaching Neurological Physiotherapy in undergraduate Physiotherapy courses in Brazil. Before moving to Dubai, Priscila was heavily involved in applying Intensive Training Programs in skill cages, also known as Spider Cage, and in fitting dynamic orthotic suits such as TheraTogs. She is also experienced with whole-body vibration therapy (Galileo/Hypervibe) and task-specific electrical stimulation (TASES). Priscila moved from Brazil to Dubai exclusively to join the High Hopes family!

Priscila is a dedicated physical therapist who brings a wealth of experience and genuine passion to her work. With extensive experience, she specializes in conditions such as cerebral palsy and rare diseases with developmental delay, neuromuscular scoliosis, and complex needs. Priscila integrates neurological and biomechanical principles for effective motor learning, and her focus lies in promoting and enhancing children’s autonomy and participation at home, school and community. She strongly believes the child’s rehabilitation process must be based on family-centred, playful, gentle approaches.

Priscila is fluent in English and Portuguese and can offer therapeutic support in both languages.


  • PhD in Neurology and Neuroscience
  • Specialization in Clinical and Hospital Motor Physiotherapy applied to Neurology
  • Specialization in Intervention in Neuropediatrics
  • Certified TheraTogs Fitter Level I and II
  • Pediasuit Method (Spider Cage Therapy)
  • MAES Therapy Approach
  • TherapyTaping, Basic and Advanced levels
  • Sensory Integration Method, Basic level
  • Dynamic Bracing Course Series (Cascade Dafo Institute)
  • Gross Motor Function Measure (GMFM)
  • Pediatric Foot & Ankle Development and Deformity Management by Bervely Cusick, PT, MS, COF
  • New paradigms in Pediatric Equinus Deformity Management by Bervely Cusick, PT, MS, COF
  • Certified International Schroth 3D Scoliosis Therapist (ISST)
  • Task-Specific Electrical Stimulation (TASES) by Judy Carmick

HER Expertise

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Rare Genetic Conditions
  • Down Syndrome
  • Prematurity and Early Intervention
  • Spina Bifida
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
  • Infantile Stroke
  • Hypotonia/Low muscle tone, Hypertonia/High muscle tone or Dystonia
  • Ataxia and Dyskinesia
  • Neuromuscular Diseases
  • Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI)
  • Global Developmental Delays
  • Toe-walking and other Gait/walking difficulties
  • Hypermobility
  • Torticollis
  • Neuromuscular scoliosis
  • Clubfoot/Congenital Talipes Equinovarus (CTE)
  • Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
  • Post-chemotherapy Rehabilitation
  • Trexo Robotics
  • Whole-body vibration treatment and Functional electrical stimulation

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