About Us

Rachael Boyce started her physiotherapy career at Canterbury Hospital in 1994 after graduating from Otago University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Credit and achieving 2nd best performing student in her year. Rachael came to work in Timaru in 1996 at Physical Health Centre doing 2 years before travelling to the UK where she worked for the British Army as a physiotherapist in Germany and England.

In 2000, Rachael returned to Physical Health Centre where she took over managing the clinic as sole physiotherapist before purchasing it in 2001. Since then, Rachael has expanded the depth and scope of the practice from just treating musculoskeletal sports injuries and post-surgical rehabilitation, to specialised back care, pilates classes and occupational injury management for both injured parties and employers.

In 2014 Rachael & her husband Peter purchased Active Health Services and combined the 2 businesses rebranding as Active Health.

Active Health is recognized throughout South Canterbury as an industry leader supplying physiotherapy treatment and vocational services to some of South Canterbury’s largest employers and highest achieving sports people and teams.

Active Health gained ACC accreditation, which is the ISO 2000 equivalent, in 2004 which recognizes excellent in business systems and efficiency. ACC accredited practices have been shown by ACC to produce better outcomes for patients in shorter time frames than non-accredited practices.


“Working for Active Health, has been a great opportunity to develop as a person and physiotherapist, with a varied caseload of musculoskeletal injuries, everyday is different and a learning opportunity. I think I have been so lucky to work with a fantastic and supportive team in a happy environment and where everyone is keen to work together and help each other out. As a well established practice, we have great links with other healthcare services including the orthopaedic specialists, local radiologists and having podiatry and massage therapy on site has really helped with good patient management. With Active Health being located in South Canterbury, I really can’t think of anywhere better, never far from anywhere, there is something for everyone! South Canterbury showcases the beauty of New Zealand with the mountains, rolling Canterbury hills and wild ocean. Living and working here, I feel very lucky!”

With Regards Annette Davidson

“I hate sitting still. Rachael and her team have helped me recover from various injuries. Her friendly, professional team have got me back doing the sports I enjoy with minimal downtime, and with stern words of advise sometimes when required!”

With Regards Annette Davidson