Michelle Derby


Michelle practices Asian medicine because her joy and passion is to be of service to others and to help individuals overcome personal challenges and issues that hinder them from experiencing their lives to the fullest. Michelle strongly believes that life should be joyful and is very passionate about empowering individuals to take charge of their health and well-being.

She attended the nationally accredited medical college, Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture, otherwise known as PHIMA College & Clinic, graduating in 2005 with her Master of Science in Acupuncture and becoming a comprehensively trained practitioner in Oriental medicine. Michelle was also a faculty member at PIHMA College & Clinic from 2009 to 2012. During this time she taught students how to master needling, gua sha (known as “scraping”), moxibustion and cupping.

Michelle started Rock Star Acupuncture in 2007 to provide a safe healing space for those in search of total well-being in mind, body, and soul, while being treated like a rock star. She named her business Rock Star Acupuncture because of her love for music and spending 25 years in the performing arts singing in Broadway musicals. Since starting her practice Michelle has been specializing in stress/anxiety, pain relief, PTSD, sleep disorders, addiction recovery, and pediatrics. Recently her focus and passion has shifted to helping and supporting families, especially mothers, on their journey of grief due to stillborn and infant loss. In October 2015 Michelle experienced the loss of her daughter, Harleyquinn at birth and found acupuncture to be a powerful tool for healing her mind, body, and soul so she could process her own grief and deal with the PTSD. Six months after her daughter passed she became pregnant again and used acupuncture to support her pregnancy with her daughter Willow, whom was born in December 2016, and to help her recover from two c-sections in two years. She currently has acupuncture once a week to continue healing her broken heart, process her grief, decrease her pain and quiet her mind so she can continue to be an effective practitioner to her patients. She always leaves her acupuncture session feeling grounded, joyful, and supported which is so necessary when experiencing grief. Michelle has brought a new awareness, compassion, and empathy to her practice since dealing with her loss by utilizing nutrition, essential oils and botanical medicine when treating.

Michelle had the opportunity to work at Blue Door Therapeutics in 2017. A new opioid outpatient treatment center located in Scottsdale, AZ that combined the use of medical cannabis with traditional medicine, alternative and naturopathic therapeutics as an exit strategy for pain pill dependency. She used acupuncture to help decrease withdrawal symptoms, manage cravings, decrease pain, and reduce stress.

Michelle is licensed, nationally board certified, and insured. She utilizes nutrition, essential oils and botanical medicine to treat a variety of health concerns including grief, stress/anxiety, mood disorders, sleep disorders, addiction recovery, pain, injuries and pediatrics to name a few. Her approach is a careful blend of Eastern and Western Medicine.

Michelle is passionate about supporting families and mothers on their journey of grief due to stillborn and infant loss. She is also specializes in stress/anxiety, pain is married and loves being a mom to her son and daughter.