Derek attended the Reilly School of Massotherapy in Virginia Beach, VA in 1997. It was here that he first developed a way to reduce excessive muscle tension in a fraction of the time it took other forms of massage therapy.
Complimentary to his studies in massage, Derek has attended John F. Kennedy School of Psychology and has completed numerous trainings and certifications in exercise therapy, specialized massage, psychosomatic trauma, mediation and mindfulness, and gut health.
Derek has built successful practices in North Carolina, Chicago and the Bay Area, which he has called home since 2001. In 2006, he founded The Core Clinic, a multidisciplinary health, wellness and fitness center, to give patients access to top providers under one roof.
In 2010, he returned to private practice to focus on treating and expanding his brand of soft-tissue therapy to help others quickly diagnose and treat common soft-tissue problems.