2012 CrossFit Games Finalist

Shelley Core

I first came in contact with Derek in the summer of 2005. At the time I was playing hockey for the San Jose Sharks. During the prior season I tore my groin muscle extensively and played most of the season in quite a bit of pain. When the season ended, I was in need of getting some serious treatment and was given the recommendation to try Derek to rehab my injury. After working with Derek during the off-season, I found that the results were incredible, I hadn't felt that good in years, and ended up having the best season of my career.

After that year, I was traded to Calgary. Mid-way through the season, I was hit hard, and severely injured my neck, ending my season. I treated my neck in Canada for the remainder of the season and then moved back to San Jose. I called Derek and started treatment on my neck because I knew that I would be in good hands, and had confidence in his abilities. I continue to work with him, and hopefully with his help, will be able to return to play again.

With 10 years of playing pro hockey, I've had access to dozens of trainers and physiotherapists. I hold Derek in the highest regards among them all, and know that he is nothing less than a pro, himself. I owe him a lot for helping me through my career and would recommend him to anyone.


Derek has a keen sense of the body and knows how to address injuries and support the body to heal. I highly recommend his services especially when your body is needing the extra attention!


Derek truly saved me (both physically and mentally)! After waking up unexpectedly one day with the lack of feeling in both my right arm and leg, followed by over 6 months of tingling sensations down both limbs, I was referred to Derek from a friend who had previously found relief through his work. I personally was dealing with the unknown after an endless amount of doctors visits - multiple primary care physicians, x-rays, mri's, neurologists, physical therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and lots of prescribed medicine - all with no diagnosis or outcome other than 'Let's just hope it goes away on its own.'  I found myself struggling to move with terrible pain, as my spine felt like it was in a game of tug-o-war at my neck and lower back. I felt hopeless mentally and was going downhill quickly and emotionally.  Along came Derek and after only TWO visits, the tingling was gone.  While the pain itself took a bit longer to lessen, his in-office methods and personal maintenance techniques worked wonders and the pain eventually subsided.  I cannot thank Derek enough for helping me get through an abrupt turn of physical events in my life.

Brian Ching

Major League Soccer (MLS) Player (Retired)
'06 - '07 Champion Houston Dynamo
US National Team Player

Joey Warren

Thanks so much for saving our vacation trip. Matt felt 100x better and didn't have any issues with his back once we landed in New Orleans - whew! If it wasn't for your help, he would probably still be in a lot of pain and unable to enjoy himself. Anyways, I just wanted to let you know that everything went well and we had a good time.

Golfer and Homemaker

Melissa H.


Derek is the one massage therapist that I compare every other massage therapists to. I have seen numerous and have not found a better one yet. I only wish that he would move to Texas so that I could see him weekly.

This is my third year competing in the Crossfit Games, the worldwide competition combining endurance, strength, power and other skills to find the fittest man on earth.  Each year the competition gets more demanding on the body and I have to find ways to keep my body running at its highest level.  Until I found Derek, I was missing a piece of the formula, he helps me in areas that I just can't get to.  He keeps me aligned, balanced, and running on all cylinders.  With the help of Derek, I think I can continue to strive for my athletic potential. 

[My previous massage therapist] was the first one to help me in a zillion years, but she can't hold a candle to you.  I've decided your middle name is Jesus...you stretch out your hands (or elbows) and the lame are healed! Thanks : )


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Mark Smith

National Hockey League (NHL) Player (Retired);

Musician and Entrepreneur


I want to thank you for introducing me to The Hill Method. I run into individuals all the time complaining of those same issues I have had due to working out, weights, golf, hiking, improperly stretching over the years and STRESS. I have found that I have trouble describing to these people, the relief you have given me through The Hill Method. This “deep-tissue while stretching” technique (as I describe it) is like no other therapy.

I begin by giving these individuals examples of others you have helped with your technique: my husband throws out his back and cannot stand upright and in one visit leaves upright and pain-free; a girlfriend whose car was rear-ended, and dealt with chronic neck and shoulder pain for months is pain-free after treatments with Derek; my mother who was suffering from “tennis-elbow” and told by her doctor it would take 9 months to heal, left pain-free after three treatments; my brother who had chronic pain in his arm from heavy lifting left your office pain-free after one treatment and has not had trouble since; another friend experiencing severe pain and stiffness in the neck, shoulders, hips and back due to stress and golf leaves pain-free, and flexible (with a great new golf-game!).

And then there is me. After years of running, weight training, golf and my other activities (all without proper stretching I might add) I came to you extremely inflexible with pain and stiffness in my neck/shoulders, back, arms and legs. I cannot begin to describe the relief I feel after just a few sessions ofThe Hill Method. It is truly not like any other massage therapy. After a treatment, my shoulders are mobile, in correct alignment, and I am able to make a complete golf turn! My hips and hamstrings are also regaining flexibility, the chronic pain in my arm is subsiding and my feet are no longer cramping.

Thank you for the work you do, specifically The Hill Method. It is great to feel “like myself again” and ready to do all of those activities which I enjoy. I will continue to refer individuals to you so that they might also experience the same sense of pain relief and increased flexibility.


As a physician who treats lower extremity pathology, I have referred many patients and fellow physicians to Derek for treatment. Derek's approach to reducing pain, increasing mobility and relaxing tight muscles and joints has proven effective when other treatment approaches have been less than adequate. My patients are consistently delighted with Derek and the results that are achieved. As a client, Derek has helped me maintain back and cervical alignment and aided in reducing the stress on my neck created by many hours in the OR. His knowledge base is expansive, his techniques state of the art and he's just a pleasure to be around.

Derek’s technique and touch has been a true pain reliever for me and my system. For years I had a burning sensation in my left shoulder. Not just tingling, but burning, like a hot lasting sting, but only in one small spot. It’s not always there, so easy to ignore. Until it would get to the point where it would be noticeable every day. That is when I would go get massage or other bodywork to correct the problem. I have had many massages and other treatments from a variety of people and yes, they are effective, for a while. Sometimes weeks or even months, but eventually the spot would flare back up. Then I found Derek. His pin-point, specific touch was slow and methodical, seeming to allow time for the muscle to be triggered and learn to relax all at once. It was not a full-body, spa experience, but more of a scientific technical approach to where the connections happen in the body, creating different messaging internally. With each treatment my muscles learned a little more and let go a little more. After one session with Derek the spot settled down and after three sessions I can honestly say I haven’t had a flare up there in over a year.

Monica S.

It was so wonderful to see you. YOU ARE THE BEST!!! I have already made my next appt. 
I consider you to be a person with an amazingly warm heart and great attitude. I am sure that you are an inspiration to many, including myself. Your massage sessions are not just therapy for the body, but therapy for the soul, as well. 
Thank you, and thank God for the great gift he has given you to do what you do in such an excellent way.

Bruce I. Lerman, DPM, FACFAS

Pediatric Medicine Doctor

Software Engineer

LaDonna Silva, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist