Derek is the founder and Principal Physiotherapist of PhysioX. He graduated with First-Class Honours from University of Queensland, Australia under the SingHealth Scholarship programme. He spent 6 years at the busiest hospital in Singapore, the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) where he cared for patients in the Rehabilitation Unit, the Burns and Plastics Unit, and in Orthopaedic Surgery.
Derek specialises in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and has a special interest in treating patients with hip, knee and ankle injuries. He is a firm believer in education, never being satisfied with status quo, he constantly upgrades his skills by attending courses around the world.
In his time at SGH, he has presented his work at various meetings such as the 40th Singapore Orthopaedic Association Annual Scientific Meeting, the 2017 SingHealth-Duke-NUS Surgical and Anaesthesia Congress and the 2017 Team Excellence Innovation and Quality Circles Assessment. His team was awarded Gold for his work in reducing the length of stay post total hip replacement via the direct anterior approach.
Derek constantly evaluates ways of innovating for better patient care. He was part of the winning team at the inaugural 2017 SingHealth Hackathon with a game-based application which aims to aid in the rehabilitation of patients post total knee replacement. He also had the opportunity to partner various adult reconstruction surgeons to develop the Osteoarthritis Mobile Application and spearheaded the protocol for early ambulation of Total Hip Replacement via the Direct Anterior Approach. (this was strongly covered in various media outlets).
Derek has also given various ergonomic and manual handling consultancy talks at various organisations. They would include AMGEN Manufacturing, Meiden Singapore, KONE Elevators and the Singapore Institute of Technology. He was also part of the team that provided physiotherapy coverage in the 2016 ASEAN Paralympics Game held in Singapore.
He is a father to three beautiful kids and a husband to a supportive wife. In his free time, he enjoys a good swim, cycle and taking his camera out for a shoot. Derek finds joy partnering in his patients' recovery as they achieve their functional goals.