Clinica Potencial is the result of 30 years of expertise in the area of Speech-Language Pathology. Comprised of professionals holding the highest standards of knowledge and ethics, we aim to deliver the utmost quality of service.

The Clinic

Meet Our Team

Meet Our English Team: 

 From left to right: Cristina, Carol, Sonia, Thais


Sonia Salama, M.A.  

Bilingual speech & language pathologist in English & Portuguese. Her initial schooling was done at St. Paul’s School, a bilingual English school in São Paulo. Her professional activities include: Participation in research projects in psycholinguistics; frequent guest speaker before teachers, speech & language pathologists, parents and professionals in related areas; presentation of articles and panel conferences with participation in round tables at Congresses in the field of Child Development, Orthodontics, Linguistics and Neuropsychology. Certified Hanen specialist in the Program for early childhood educators and child care providers. Certified ELP -1 in the Program “Enhancement of Learning Potential”. Frequent visitor of other foreign institutions. Interchange with the Kendall Speech & Language Center in Miami. Participates in the “Social Thinking Providers” group, USA, since June 2012. Responsible for the language area with a column on the website for information for families about upbringing of children. International affiliate of ASHA- American Speech-Language –Hearing-Association and IDA- International Dyslexia Association. Sonia holds a Masters degree in applied linguistics, and she has been a university professor for 12 years at the Catholic University of São Paulo and Campinas, where she taught graduate students in psycholinguistics and language acquisition and evaluation of young children.




Ana Carolna Martins Cortez





Cristina Nishimura

Bilingual English-Portuguese Speech-Language Pathologist. She has an M.S. in Speech, Language, and Learning from Northwestern University, USA, and did her undergraduate studies, also in Speech-Language Pathology, at the Federal University of São Paulo. She went to Chapel School, an American school in São Paulo, since age 4. She worked at the Evanston Speech, Language, and Learning Clinic with children and adults with communication disorders, including articulatory disorders, stuttering, aphasia, apraxia, and dysphagia, as well as with accent modification clients. She published an article in the Acoustical Society of America about the neural mechanisms controlling the voice and the larynx. She worked four years at INVOZ – the Voice Institute, in São Paulo, doing acoustic analysis of voice professionals. She has received PROMPT technique training for treating individuals with motor speech disorders. She participated in the development of the Differential Audio-Linguistic Program, a therapy program done in English that helps develop auditory processing skills in a sound proof booth.





Thaís Zemlickas

Bilingual English-Portuguese Speech-Language Pathologist, with an undergraduate degree from the Federal University of São Paulo – UNIFESP-EPM. She holds a Master of Science degree in Human Communication Disorders from University of São Paulo. She attended Mesa College, San Diego, CA – USA, which included participation of research projects at Rady’s Children Hospital. She taught and supervised graduate students at USP in the field of Speech Sound Disorders. She presented articles and participated in courses and conferences in the field of Speech Sound Disorders in Brazil and USA. She frequently visits SLP institutions and schools in the USA. She has developed many apps for auditory processing and language therapy. She has clinical experience with children, adolescents, adults, and elderly in the field of Speech Sound Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia, Oral and Written Language Disabilities, and Aphasia, and Oral Motor Disorders. She has received PROMPT technique training for treating individuals with motor speech disorders. She participated in the development of the Differential Audio-Linguistic Program, a therapy program done in English that helps develop auditory processing skills in a sound proof booth.



Meet Our Portuguese and/or German Team

 Astrid Mühle Ferreira



Bilingual speech-language pathologist (SLP), holding a masters degree from PUC-SP. She attended the German school, Humboldt, in São Paulo, since elementary school. At this institution, she achieved a dual bilingual degree in Business Administration at the technician level. Member of the Brazilian SLP Society – collaborating in the Language Department. Member of the Brazilian Fluency Institute (IBF). Member of the German SLP Association (DBL). Representative of KST, a German Stuttering Institute in Brazil. Conducted and presented research projects at different conferences in the areas of pediatric voice disorders, stuttering, business executive communication, phonological awareness, and online therapy. Conducts evaluation and therapy sessions in the following areas: oral motor abilities, pediatric voice disorders, professional voice, public speaking, fluency, accent modification, auditory processing, and speech, oral, and written language disorders.




Irene F. Cimerman



Speech & language pathologist with specialization in therapy and audiology. Experienced in providing orientation to parents with children who present Attention Deficit Disorder and Learning Disabilities. Active participant in groups for study of the Auditory Processing Disorder spectrum. Past experience at the neurological rehabilitation center of one of the most important hospitals in São Paulo (Hospital das Clínicas).



Marisa Maino


Speech & Language pathologist. Responsible for the service of Speech & Language prevention and stimulation programs at several schools. Coordinates seminars for teacher’s orientation in the “reading and writing process” for young children. Co-author of most of the forms used at the clinic to establish the relationship between oral motor therapy, feeding and speech development.


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Rua Prof. João Mendes França, 45 / Morumbi

CEP: 05690-030 - São Paulo/SP

Phone: (11) 3758-2422 / (11) 3758-0238 / (11) 3758-0164


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