Derrick was born and raised in Windham, Maine. He attended the University of Southern Maine where he got his Bachelors of Music Degree in Vocal Performance with a concentration in Musical Theatre. As an actor, Derrick has performed in various regional and touring productions around the country. Also, as a career highlight he got to meet and perform an opening act for the late great Joan Rivers. Derrick began practicing Bikram Yoga as a New Year's resolution in 2009 at Bikram Yoga Harlem in NYC and has been hooked ever since. He went to the Las Vegas Spring Teacher Training in 2010 and has taught in as many studios as he could visit. Derrick uses his knowledge as a singer and dancer in addition to what he learned at Bikram Yoga Teacher Training: aside from teaching dialogue alone, his teaching style focuses on breath control and management as well as ways to ease tension throughout the body. He has lived in New York City, San Diego, and is now happy to call Richmond home, where he lives with his husband (a fellow Bikram yogi) and dog (who has yet to fall in love with doga, but we're working on it).