Born and raised in Sonoma County, Derek received a Masters in Oriental Medicine and a Bachelor in Professional Health Sciences at the East West College of Natural Medicine in Sarasota, Florida in 2008. Derek is a nationally certified Diplomate in Oriental Medicine (Dipl. O.M.) with the NCCAOM and is a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) in the state of California.
Derek’s extensive training and experience makes him uniquely able to integrate the differing perspectives of Eastern and Western Medicine, and apply the principles of Chinese medicine in the care of Western patients. In addition to being an acupuncturist, Derek is also a skilled herbalist, having undergone advanced post-graduate training in Chinese Herbology through the Blue Poppy Institute.
As of March 2017, Derek has performed over 13,000 treatments at SRCA, and has helped people with stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction, menopausal syndrome, chronic fatigue, allergies and just about every kind of body pain imaginable.
Derek is committed to making healthcare more accessible to everyone and to helping people achieve wellness of the body, mind and spirit.