Board of Directors 

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Amanda Proctor, RRT


President & CEO


Amanda Proctor founded Cauda Equina Foundation after being diagnosed with Cauda Equina Syndrome in August of 2012. Seeking answers and peer support she realized there was a clear and evident need for research, education, and advocacy in the field. Amanda received her bachelor's degree from The University of Central Florida in Cardiopulmonary Science. As founder, she is responsible for sharing her vision for the foundation with the governing board voting at board meetings. Amanda is a Registered Respiratory Therapist with experience in critical care and emergency medicine.  She brings experience in the development of clinical practice guidelines, and clinical education and research. 





Denise Taylor, DO

Medical Director

Board Chairman


Dr. Denise Taylor received her doctorate of osteopathic medicine from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine and has been in practice specializing in neurology for over 12 years. Her research focus is on migraines, epilepsy, and more recently Cauda Equina Syndrome. Dr. Taylor has direct experience in the treatment of Chronic Cauda Equina Syndrome and is passionate about improving the quality of care individuals with CES receive. As the medical director of Cauda Equina Foundation, Dr. Taylor is responsible for ensuring the quality and accuracy of our educational programs, ensuring ethical practices of our research initiatives, and approval of recommended clinical guidelines for healthcare practitioners. 





Rochelle Sansotta, DPT



Dr. Rochelle Sansotta received her doctorate of physical therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. She currently practices physical therapy for Halcyon Rehabilitation where she uses the latest in evidence-based therapies to ensure patient improvement. Dr. Sansotta is responsible for providing education to members and colleagues, developing and overseeing physical therapy research initiatives, and ensuring ethical practices of our research initiatives.






Malerie Murphy, MS-HSA



Malerie Murphy is the Executive Director of Center of Recovery and Exercise (CORE), where she specializes in developing exercise programs for individuals with neurological deficits such as Cauda Equina Syndrome. Malerie graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology. She furthered her education at The University of Central Florida achieving her Master's Degree in Healthcare Administration. She has worked with The University of Florida's College of Medicine and she specializes in neuro recovery practices. Malerie is responsible for ensuring fiscal responsibility, financial reporting, developing and overseeing exercise physiology research initiatives, and ensuring the ethical practices of our research initiatives.



Shane Shirley



Shane Shirley is President and CEO of Shane Shirley Media and specializes in marketing, acting as Cauda Equina Foundation's Chief Marketing Officer. Shane was diagnosed with Cauda Euqina Syndrome in May of 2017 and has a passion for spreading the mission of Cauda Equina Foundation. Through her own experience with cauda equina syndrome, she understands the need for the work we do at the foundation. Through her expertise, Cauda Equina Foundation's presence in the community has grown to serve well over 2,000 constituents annually and growing. Shane is responsible for overseeing our fundraising initiatives, social media presence, brand, and ensuring that our mission is spread throughout the community. She is also responsible for Board of Director duties such as fiscal responsibility, strategic planning, guiding decisions including ethics and corporate responsibility, and leading capital campaigns.