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.
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.
Alana Malcolm joined the practice as a part-time staff physiotherapist in January 2011 and a year later joined the business full-time, became a director and brought her Tuatapere clinic under the Accelerate Physiotherapy umbrella.
The clinic has been providing Cancer Rehabilitation under the PINC and Steel programmes since 2011. And now also provide additional cancer services including the Next Steps programme and Lymphoedema treatment.
Accelerate Physiotherapy shifted into its current location at 60 Deveron Street, in 2014. The facilities now include six 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.
Andrea, Alana, and Andrea are excited about growing the practice together and combining their knowledge to become one of Invercargill’s most progressive physiotherapy clinics.