Meet Michelle Derby of Rock Star Acupuncture

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Today we’d like to introduce you to Michelle Derby.

Michelle, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My journey to becoming an acupuncturist started when I was in my early 20s. My hair was falling out and none of my Drs could tell me why it was occurring. My blood work kept coming back normal. So the Drs would suggest I eat more protein or refer me to someone else that also had no answers for me. I was getting so frustrated because I knew there was something going on in my body.

One day I came across the number for the Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture (PIHMA) college in Phoenix and I called the student clinic. I told the gentleman on the other line what I was going through and he told me it sounded like blood deficiency, I asked him how he could consider it blood deficiency if all my test results came back normal and there were no signs of anemia, He explained to me that Chinese medicine looks at the individual as a whole.

Taking into consideration your mind, body and soul and not just concentrating on symptoms when going over your whole health history. Everything he was saying was all making sense to me. Of course, you are going to have ailments and disease if your blood and vital energy of the body is not flowing correctly. I made an appointment that day to start acupuncture and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. After my first couple of treatments, I couldn’t believe how amazing I was feeling. Emotionally I was less stressed and other symptoms I was having along with my hair loss were resolving. It was amazing!

It was at this moment I realized that I wanted to be an acupuncturist. I wanted to help people heal and reclaim their health just as I was doing. So I applied for the summer intensive program at PIHMA College and Clinic in May 2000 and graduated with my Master’s degree in Chinese Acupuncture in 2005. I started my business Rock Star Acupuncture in 2007 and have been healing people ever since. Every day I feel so blessed that I can make a difference in someone’s life by helping them feel better. It is the most rewarding career I could have ever chosen.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Of course, the road has not always been smooth and I have gone through many struggles along the way. But I wouldn’t change any part of my life because of the woman I have become. One of the struggles I went through was just a couple of years ago in 2015.

I was 30 weeks pregnant with my daughter, Harleyquinn, and my placenta ruptured in the middle of the night. When we got to the hospital I had an emergency c-section but my daughter ended up passing just after birth. It is the most devastating thing I have ever experienced. Completely life changing and to be honest I didn’t know how I would be able to treat my patients again feeling so broken. I had severe PTSD and my body was traumatized leading to extreme pain.

I turned to fellow acupuncturists in the valley to help heal my mind, body, soul and process the grief I was experiencing. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be where I am today.

 

 

I continue to get acupuncture regularly because losing a child is something you never get over. You just learn to cope. I have my moments of grief for Harleyquinn but I experience more joy than anything these days thanks to acupuncture. My body is still healing and that is because I ended up getting pregnant again 6 months after Harleyquinn passed and had her sister, Willow, a year later on Harleyquinn’s original due date.

Definitely the work of God. Acupuncture played a very pivotal role in supporting my second pregnancy and kept me emotionally stable until Willow was born. She is now a year and a half old and as healthy as can be. She is our rainbow baby and has brought so much joy to our family. Going through this experience has taken me on a new path with my practice of helping grieving mothers of stillborn and infant loss heal their mind, body, and soul so they can experience joy and love again.

Please tell us about Rock Star Acupuncture.
My business name is Rock Star Acupuncture. I named it that because of my many years in the performing arts and being a part of the local music scene from 2000 to 2006. I wanted my business name to be unique and to stand out. To this day I still get compliments on my business name. I have over 3000 hours of training and a Masters degree in Chinese Acupuncture and I am licensed and insured.

At Rock Star Acupuncture you will find yourself being treated with respect and dignity while I address your health issues. In your initial consultation and treatment with me, I will go over your whole health history and ask a serious of questions that will help me properly diagnose and treat you. I listen to your every concern and will do whatever it takes to make you feel better. I want to make sure you leave my office feeling amazing. I love when my patients walk out of my office with a permanent grin on their face and on cloud 9, It is so rewarding and makes me proud to be a healer.

I specialize in stress/anxiety, depression, addiction, grief and pain of all types. I also love to treat kids! They are such bundles of energy and when I treat them they respond so quickly to the acupuncture. It is great! I have been blessed to help many women get pregnant and hold the pregnancy until their due date. It is really rewarding to meet the babies that I have helped come to this earth. I say you can always tell an acupuncture baby because they are so much more relaxed, sleep better through the night and rarely get sick, or if they do they recover really quickly.

I offer acupuncture, cupping, gua sha, electro-acupuncture, nutritional counseling, and life coaching, I also incorporate essential oils into my treatments to make them that much more effective.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Absolutely nothing! I am very happy and content with my life and practice.

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Building Protective Qi with TCM

Everybody gets sick at some point in their life. For some, it’s just a quick weekend thing. For others, it can last for several days and even weeks. Why do some people always get sick whenever there is a bug going around and others don’t? It all comes down to immunity. People who have a stronger immune system, tend to be sick less often. Those with compromised or weak immune systems, seem to get sick at the drop of a hat. There are many things that can be done to strengthen the immune system though. And Traditional Chinese Medicine is probably one of the best and least invasive ways to boost the immune system, not just during the winter months, but all year long. continue reading »

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Acupuncture and Alcohol Detoxification

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Acupuncture and Cervical Health

Women’s health is a big part of the healthcare industry. And acupuncture can be very beneficial in caring for the overall health of women. Acupuncture has been especially effective in helping with things like infertility, turning breech babies, inducing labor and clearing up infections. The cervix is just one small part of the uterus. Specifically it is the lower part of the uterus that opens to allow passage between the uterus and the vagina. The cervix widens during childbirth to allow the baby to pass, it also allows the passage of menstrual fluids from the uterus out of the body and it is vital for sperm to pass through the cervix to reach the uterus when trying to procreate.

The cervix is very vulnerable to several health conditions, such as chronic inflammation, polyps, dysplasia and even cancer. Cervical conditions rarely present symptoms in the early stages, which makes it extremely important for women to get regular pap smears. If an abnormality is detected, there are several ways to address it, depending on the severity. In the early stages of any of the aforementioned conditions, acupuncture can be a positive addition to Western medical treatments. Acupuncture is very good at decreasing inflammation and helping to dissolve polyps and tumors. Acupuncture can also balance hormones, which allows the body to correct any imbalances.

One of the most studied areas of acupuncture is in treating fertility issues. When invitro fertilization by itself does not get the job done, adding acupuncture may be the last piece of the puzzle. Acupuncture does much more than just balance the hormones. When a woman is trying to get pregnant and struggling with it due to fertility issues, the stress levels are extremely high. And high stress levels have been proven to disrupt the body’s ability to conceive. One of the things that acupuncture is really successful at is decreasing stress levels. This can make it easier for the fertility treatments to work. Acupuncture has also been shown to increase blood flow to areas of the body, including the uterus. This can help to make a very hospitable place for a baby to grow.

Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine are also widely used for treating infections and sexually transmitted diseases. In traditional Chinese medicine, most infections have some sort of heat or discharge associated with them. This medicine uses principles, herbs and acupressure points that have specific properties that can drain heat and expel toxins from the body. This can lead to an overall improvement in both uterine and cervical health.

Another area where acupuncture can help with cervical health is at the time of birth. About four percent of babies are presented in the breech position prior to birth. An accessory modality known as moxibustion, has proven time and time again, that it can actually turn the baby to the proper birthing position. Moxibustion involves the burning of an herb, dried mugwort, very near the skin on a specific acupressure point that is located on the outer edge of the pinky toe. By performing moxibustion several times a day, the baby and the body somehow know that there needs to be a repositioning and the baby tends to turn during the night.

When it comes to women’s health, acupuncture is an amazing resource. Contact us to schedule your appointment today.

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