Born at the Naval Air Station, in Jacksonville, Florida, Derrick Dorsey traveled with his parents to Naval and Marine Corps bases throughout the United States and Japan. As a teenager, he returned to Jacksonville and soon graduated from Fletcher High School. Uncertain of a career choice, he enrolled into school and completed his certification as a Paramedic. He was accepted into the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department and was assigned to a High Angle Rescue Team. This team was tasked with responding to emergencies throughout the city that may require the implementation of rappelling with ropes.
Shortly thereafter he transferred into the Rescue Division where he honed his medical skills and soon learned what it felt like to function at a high level for over 24 hours at a time, with no sleep and very little warm food.
Derrick then decided to share his experience and knowledge ultimately teaching courses to over 3,000 individuals consisting of civilian groups, physicians, and various medical personnel.
With additional energy and determination, Derrick decided on a dual career by becoming a Florida Residential Contractor and established his own construction company. However, teaching remained his passion. Over the next few years he taught courses in construction principles and assisted in the development of course curriculums and wind mitigation training manuals for the Florida insurance industry.
After 25 years with Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, Derrick is now focusing on expanding quality mental health services on a local, national and international level. Derrick knows firsthand the importance of services and personally benefited from professional counseling following the tragic murder of his wife. He embarked on a mission to make counseling services more accessible and to minimize the negative stigma placed on today’s fractured mental health industry.
Derrick is a certified practitioner in Rapid Resolution Therapy and Hypnosis.
Derrick became Director of Operations for New Hope Family Services (the precursor name to Tracy Riley ) in January 2014, ultimately expanding the company to multiple locations to include counseling and medication management.
His management philosophy has always been that patients are not merely an insurance billing code or co-pay but each unique with their own vulnerabilities and needs.