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David Abercrombie


  • NZRP Dip Phys
  • BPT (Hons) Canada


David graduated with a Diploma in Physiotherapy from the Auckland School in 1979.  With no Post Graduate studies available in New Zealand at the time, he headed to Canada in 1980 to complete a Bachelor of Physical Therapy with Honours, at the University of Manitoba. While in Canada he worked in Private Practice in Winnipeg and Calgary where he continued with his education attending many of the post graduate courses available in North America. During this time he became involved with, and a fan of, both Ice Hockey and American Football.

On returning to New Zealand in 1984, David started his first Private Practice in Forrest Hill on Auckland’s North Shore.  This was followed by a second Practice in Shakespeare Road, Milford.

In the late 1990’s the planning for a high performance sports centre on the North Shore was instigated by Graham Avery and like minded businessmen and sports enthusiasts.  With a tremendous amount of hard work, money and passion, the Millennium Institute of Sport and Health (MISH) was opened in 2002. 

David moved his Physiotherapy Practice, joining with Doctor John Mayhew's Medical Practice, to create a multi-faceted health service known as HealthZone.  HealthZone is a high quality provider of Medical, Orthopedic, and Physiotherapy services to both the Millennium Institute and the general public.

This last move to MISH was the result of having spent 20 years looking after many of New Zealand’s elite athlete’s and wanting to provide a treatment facility equal to that of anything he had seen offshore.

David spent much of his time from 1984 to 2002 working with the North Harbour, New Zealand 7’s, All Blacks and Auckland Blues rugby teams. 

He also joined Team New Zealand in 1995 in San Diego for the America’s Cup and subsequent Cups through to 2004. This yachting association continued with a slightly more international flavour with joining BMW Oracle Racing at the end of 2007. He has recently returned from spending 18 months in Spain and the USA with his family, being involved with the build up to the 33rd America’s Cup.

Over this period David attended the 2000, and 2004 Olympics as Physiotherapist to the New Zealand Sailing Team.

The New Zealand Breakers provided a change in sporting support in 2007 and this association continues today.

As an Accredited provider to the New Zealand Academy of Sport David has worked with Coaches and Athletes of all ages involved in Yachting, Triathlon, Athletics, Cycling, Kayaking, Badminton, Tennis, Water polo, Weight Lifting, Rugby and Golf. His interests not only lie with injury care and rehabilitation, but also in injury avoidance and improving performance.

NB: Due to severe osteoarthritis in both hands, David is no longer able to continue a hands-on role in the business.  Iona Herbert (Practice Manager) should be contacted for all administrative queries.

Conditions Managed

Achilles Tendinosis
Arthritic Joints
Back Pain
Calf Strains
Fitness Goals
Fitness Programmes
Flat Feet
Frozen Shoulder
Golfers Elbow
Growing Pains
Gym Programmes
Heavy Bruising
Knee Cartilage
Knee Pain
Hand Sprains
Hip Pain
Labral Tears
Low Back Pain
Lumbar Strains
Muscle Imbalances
Muscle Strains
Neck Pain
Osgood Schlatters
Patellofemoral Pain
Patella Tendinosis
Podiatry Referrals
Postural Problems
Post Operative Rehabilitation
Rehabilitation Programmes
Rotator Cuff Strain
Running Regimes
Sacro Iliac Joint Strains
Sever's Disease
Shoulder Dislocations 
Shoulder Pain
Shoulder Instability
Sprained Ankles
Sprained Feet
Sports Injuries
Tennis Elbow
Weight Management
Wrist Sprains