Accelerate Physiotherapy first began in the late 1980’s, when it was know as Esk Street Physiotherapy. Established initially by Lindsay Stephenson and Anne Allen.

Andrea Murray

In 1992, the clinic sought to upgrade its premises and moved to a purpose-built location in Don St.

1994 saw Andrea Murray join the practice going on to become a partner in 1997. The practice was renamed Stephenson Murray Physiotherapists in 2000, where Lindsay and Andrea worked together to build up the practice and gain recognition and respect from industry colleagues and clients alike.

The clinic was Invercargill’s first physiotherapy practice to gain certification in 1993 and since 2009 has been certified against the Allied Health Standards with HDANZ. This ensures high standards of care and this is shown by the conclusion in the last audit;
” Stephenson- Murray Physiotherapy (now Accelerate Physiotherapy) is a template example of a service that is committed to the provision and delivery of an excellent physiotherapy service. Their commitment to both now and the future is second to none-with excellent review and planning strategies in place. This commitment is reflected through a positive and upbeat physiotherapy and administration team-that work cohesively and successfully to deliver their product.” HDANZ audit 2012.

In 2011 the Tuatapere satellite clinic came under the Accelerate Physiotherapy banner. The Invercargill clinic has been providing Cancer Rehabilitation under the PINC and Steel programmes since 2011.

Accelerate Physiotherapy shifted into its current location at 60 Deveron Street, in 2014. The facilities now include seven individual treatment rooms, a large gym filled with Pilates equipment, and a separate Pilates studio. The clinic was the first in Southland to provide both rehabilitation and exercise-based Pilates for clients.

2014 also saw Andrea Robertson joining the staff at Accelerate. She brought with her a wealth of knowledge and experience working in Occupational Health and the workplace. Andrea joined the Directorship in 2019.

Joel Barnes joined the clinic in 2017 and brought an interest in running and multisport related injury and prevention. In 2020 Joel joined the Directorship.


Member of Physiotherapy NZAndrea, Andrea and Joel are excited about growing the practice together and combining their knowledge to become one of Invercargill’s most progressive physiotherapy clinics.