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Malerie Murphy, MHA

Executive Director

Malerie re-joined CORE in December of 2015 as Executive Director. Malerie has seven years of experience in the field of neurorecovery and opened CORE in 2011. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology, specializing in Exercise Physiology, and received her Masters in Health Administration from the University of Central Florida.


Malerie’s passion is to provide excellent service to the population that CORE is dedicated to while advancing the program to stay up to date with the latest research in the field. She leads an incredible team that inspires people to become their absolute best in a positive environment filled with programs designed to maximize health and achieve recovery goals. With over 7,000 hours of hands on training with clients and involvement over the years with certification programs through Shepherd center (Locomotor Training), Kennedy Krieger Institute (Activity Based Restorative Therapy courses) and Restorative Therapies (Functional Electrical Stimulation), Malerie has a wide understanding of the field and the advanced services and training to provide the most comprehensive activity based training program.


Malerie’s goal is to make CORE the most innovative exercise and recovery facility for individuals with neurological conditions in Central Florida. She looks forward to connecting and building relationships with the clients, the community, and the professionals and organizations that share in the common goal of moving the field of neurorecovery forward.


Outside of CORE, Malerie enjoys cheering on the Florida Gators (Go Gators!), working out, and judging gymnastics competitions as she is part of the National Association of Women’s Gymnastics Judging of Florida.

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Shelby Talon, BS

Administrative Coordinator

Shelby previously lived in Boca Raton, Florida, and just recently settled down in Orlando, Florida and joined CORE January of 2017. Shelby is currently enrolled online at Florida Atlantic University finishing her Bachelor’s degree in Health Management and is continuing to pursue her career in Physical Therapy at Herzing University in Winter Park, FL. Shelby has a background in physical therapy as a PT technician and personal training. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, working out and training as a world ranked powerlifter. During her time at CORE as an Administrative Coordinator, she hopes to provide a high level of customer care in regards to scheduling, financial needs, and anything our clients need help with as well as an extra hand in the gym.

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Colby Perry, BS, NSCA-CSCS

Training & Education Coordinator
Lead Neuro-Exercise Specialist

Colby joined CORE in 2013, completing more than 3600 hours of hands on activity based training. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports & Exercise Science with a concentration in Human Performance from the University of Central Florida, and has earned accreditations through ReWalk Robotics as a Certified ReWalk Clinician, Restorative Therapies as a Certified Functional Electrical Stimulation Technician, and participated in continuing education courses through Kennedy Krieger Institute and the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury’s Activity Based Restorative Therapy course.


Colby enjoys building relationships with his clients and is excited to help everyone reach their recovery goals. Outside of the gym, Colby enjoys spending time with his son, Dash, watching football and throwing on a cowboy hat and getting out on the dance floor!


Quote/Motto: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

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Matthew Icenogle, BS

Floor Manager
Lead Neuro-Exercise Specialist
Rock Steady Boxing Coach

Matthew graduated from Franklin College in Indiana with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Health Science. At Franklin, he ran Cross Country and participated in the Track and Field program. Matt joined the CORE team as an intern in January of 2015, which led him to find his passion for neurorecovery. After graduation, he returned to CORE as a Trainer and Internship Coordinator.


Matt is a Certified Functional Electrical Stimulation Technician as well as a Certified Rock Steady Boxing Coach where he is known as “Coach Ice”. His goal orientated nature and dedication to our clients has made him an excellent asset to the team.


Quote/Motto: “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” –John Bingham

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Bianca Saragusti, BS, CPT

Neuro-Exercise Specialist

Bianca was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She grew up with a passion for physical fitness and has always enjoyed helping people reach their goals. Bianca graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Pre-clinical Health Science. While at UCF, she was a member of the Rowing team and also worked as a Personal Trainer for the Recreation and Wellness Center.


Bianca joined CORE’s Training team in May of 2016 and is Certified as a Functional Electrical Stimulation Technician. She has made herself a great asset to the team through her positive attitude, dedication, and passion for growth in her clients.


Quote: “Don’t let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game.”

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Katie Yergler, BS, NASM-CPT

Assistant & Research Coordinator
Lead Neuro-Exercise Specialist

Katie is from Winter Park, FL and graduated in May of 2016 from Wheaton College in Illinois, with a Bachelors of Science degree in Applied Health Science. During her time in college, she played center field for the Wheaton softball team. She became interested in CORE after reading online about our activity-based approach to treating individuals with neurological conditions and was drawn to be a part of the team as an intern after seeing the success of our clients.


Katie is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and a Certified Functional Electrical Stimulation Technician. After completing her Internship with CORE, Katie joined the team as a Trainer in August of 2016. She is constantly learning more about the neurorecovery field and is excited for her future at CORE.


Quote/Motto: "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men" -Colossians 3:23

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Doug Davey, MS, NSCA-CSCS, NASM-CPT

Neuro-Exercise Specialist

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Andrea Lazo, BS, ACSM-CPT

Exercise Assistant
Rock Steady Boxing Assistant Coach

Andrea recently graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biology. Her accomplishments, internships, and service learning experiences have led her to pursue a career in healthcare. She became a part of the CORE team as an intern in January 2016 and is now an Exercise Assistant.


Throughout her five month internship, Andrea was given the opportunity to work alongside knowledgeable Neuro-Exercise Specialists, witnessing the benefits of CORE’s activity based program. Andrea has experience working with children with Cerebral Palsy. In the future, Andrea wishes to pursue a career in Physical Therapy.


Quote/Motto: “Never let your fear decide your fate" -Aaron Bruno

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Nicole Ellis

Exercise Assistant

Nicole lived in Illinois, North Carolina, and Georgia before deciding to settle down in sunny Orlando, Florida. She is currently enrolled at the University of Central Florida pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Sport and Exercise Science with an anticipated graduation date of May 2017. Nicole has been a member of the CORE team since August of 2016. She enjoys corrective exercise and seeing improvements in clients.


Nicole loves how motivated, hard-working and eager every CORE client is to achieve the goals they have set and is committed to providing a high standard of care for every client she works with.


Quote/Motto: "The mind weakens before the body." -Dan Gable. With hard work and a positive outlook, anything you set your mind to you can achieve.

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Lauren Wright, BS, ACSM-CPT

Neuro-Exercise Specialist
Rock Steady Boxing Assistant Coach

Lauren recently graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sport and Exercise Science and is now continuing her education in Pharmacology and Alternative Medicine. Lauren joined the CORE team in July 2016 as an intern and proved to be an asset to the program as she was offered the opportunity to join the team permanently as a Neuro-Exercise Specialist.


She is a Certified Functional Electrical Stimulation Technician and has taken a special interest in Myofascial Decompression and how this can benefit our clients. Lauren enjoys watching CORE’s client progress through their goals as their determination and drive inspires her.


Quote/Motto: "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." -Mahatma Gandhi

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Alex Clemens, BA, NPTI-CPT

Neuro-Exercise Specialist

Alex hails from Anchorage, Alaska. He is constantly looking to travel to warmer climates. Alex graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Finance from Northern Arizona University in 2016. Before coming to Florida, Alex finished up his degree while living in Sydney, Australia. During his travels he was able to visit the western and eastern coasts of Australia and New Zealand. Alex arrived in Orlando in August of 2016 to attend The National Personal Training Institute (NPTI) in Winter Park, Florida.


Alex is a Certified Personal Trainer through NPTI and also holds certifications as: Bone Health Specialist, Speed, Agility, and Quickness Specialist, Soccer Conditioning Specialist, TRX Suspension Training and Kettlebell Training. Alexaims to provide the utmost value for clients by building relationships and providing his full and undivided attention towards them. Outside of the gym, Alexenjoys stand-up comedy, improv, music festivals and living life with the nose of a clown.


Quote/Motto: “ You're only as young as the last time you changed your mind.” - Dr. Timothy Leary

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Jon Espinosa, BS, ACSM-CPT

Neuro-Exercise Specialist

Jon recently graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport and Exercise Science, with a focus on Human Performance. Prior to his schooling he spent four years in the U.S. Marine Corps as a mortarman based out of Camp Lejeune, NC. He began at CORE as an intern in August 2016 and officially joined the team in December 2016. He is also a Certified Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine (ASCM). Jon loves getting to know our clients, as well as watching them achieve milestone after milestone.


Outside of CORE, Jon's interests include spending time with his wife Anya, reading, watching sports, and learning as much as he can about just about anything.


Quote/Motto: "Little by little, one travels far." - J.R.R. Tolkien

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Heidi Brewer

Exercise Assistant

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