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MOve and Grow Physiotherapy

Our Mission

We are dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives and assisting them to achieve their goals through tailored support unique to the individual.

Move & Grow Physiotherapy provides flexible, family-oriented, evidence-based physiotherapy services to people living with disability and their support networks in the Townsville and Burdekin regions.

Our care is client-centred. Our relationship with our clients and their families are fore in the provision of our services. We believe mutual respect and trust creates the open, safe and caring environment that is necessary to achieve real and measurable results for our clients that make a quantifiable difference in their lives.

Our Vision

Our vision is for a community in which people lead their best lives. At Move & Grow Physiotherapy we aim to:

  • Challenge ourselves to provide the unique and appropriate solutions to our client’s individual needs
  • Encourage and promote the health of our community
  • Increase our capacity to provide services to more people
  • Support the development of new therapists and students
  • Extend our capacity to help others in need across the world

Meet Our Team


Lucy Robinson

Principle Physiotherapist

Lucy Robinson is the owner and principle physiotherapist at Move and Grow Physiotherapy. 

After graduating from James Cook University, Lucy worked to develop the physiotherapy service within Disability Services, first in Cairns, then Townsville. Paediatric physiotherapy had not been available in these locations previously, so setting up the service was a significant learning curve! Lucy has always had a special interest in all aspects of child development and enjoys working with families to reach their goals in unique situations.

In 2014, Lucy spent nine months in Vietnam and Cambodia volunteering as a physiotherapist to support and teach parents and staff at a free drop-in physiotherapy centre for children with a disability. She also worked with carers and children with disabilities in orphanages in Vietnam and a physiotherapy clinic seeing both children and adults in Cambodia. Move and Grow Physiotherapy continues to support the drop-in centre in Vietnam by collecting and sending equipment and resources no longer needed by Australian families to Vietnam.

Lucy is committed to ongoing learning and professional development to maintain a high level of up to date knowledge and skills to best support your family. Since graduating, Lucy has completed courses on paediatric physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, Neurodevelopmental Therapy (Bobath), yoga for kids, postural splinting, breath control and animal assisted therapy. Lucy is keen to use a variety of skills and treatments to tailor therapy sessions to each individual while keeping appointments for kids as play based and fun as possible! 

Abby Frankland joined our team in late 2020 as an Allied Health Assistant before graduating Physiotherapy from James Cook University and moving into her permanent Physiotherapist position in 2021.

Abby has a passion for all things Physiotherapy and a keen interest in paediatrics. With a kind and individualised approach to each case, Abby dedicates time to establishing relationships and ensuring a client and family centred approach and loves the variety of clients she sees at Move and Grow. Abby’s special interest include early intervention for developmental delays in infants and young children, hydrotherapy, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), ADHD, social inclusion in sport and group activities and advocacy for individuals with disabilities and their families. In addition, Abby is enthusiastic about expanding her knowledge and continues to complete further courses in the Paediatric space.  

In Abby’s spare time, she enjoys playing netball, exploring our beautiful Townsville region, and spending quality time with her family and friends. 


Abigail (Abby) Frankland


Elliarna Mitchell

Graduate Physiotherapist

Elliarna joined our team as an Allied Health Assistant in 2023 and transitioned to her Graduate Physiotherapist role in 2024, after graduating from James Cook University. Elli has a passion for making a genuine difference in people’s lives and an amazing understanding of working with children.

With experience as a support worker for NDIS participants and clinic placements in Paediatric Physiotherapy, Elli comes with a wealth of diverse skills and attributes. She has a welcoming warm nature, able to build rapport and communicate with all ages. She is open to experience and able to adapt to a child’s changing needs, tailoring play based therapy to be engaging and enjoyable, while also therapeutic.  

In her spare time, Elli enjoys the outdoors, especially boating, fishing and camping. She is bubbly by nature and has a contagious positive enthusiasm for wanting the best for children and their families. 

Makenzi is currently studying Physiotherapy at James Cook University, with special interests in Paediatrics and Women’s Health. She commenced with us in 2023 as an Allied Health Assistant and is invaluable in assisting our clients, as well as all our staff, to achieve their goals.

Makenzi has a confident, capability. She is happy to take on any task or learn any new skill. She is adaptive and optimistic and a wonderful addition to our team.

When not studying, or working with us, or as a support worker with NDIS participants, Makenzi enjoys hockey, camping, hanging with family and music.


Makenzi May

Allied Health Assistant
Chumane photo

Chumane Botha

Allied Health Assistant

Chumane is passionate about helping others and eager to build on her experience in Physiotherapy while also studying at JCU. Kind, compassionate and caring, her sessions are both fun and focused. 

She also provides immense assistance to our business in the background! An organising whiz with attention to detail, we are thrilled to have her as part of our team. 

Shannon brings a joyous enthusiasm and oodles of experience from other Physiotherapy Assistant positions and Support Coordinator roles. He genuinely wants the best for others and his positivity is infectious. 

Currently in the 3rd year of his Physiotherapy degree at James Cook University, you will usually see Shannon in the pool running Hydrotherapy programs. 


Shannon Sutton

Allied Health Assistant
Melissa Robinson

Melissa Robinson

Office Administration

Melissa takes care of our accounts and office administration on a part-time basis.

Melissa has a Bachelor of Business and extensive experience spanning business administration and management, human resources and systems improvement.  Her current main role is raising her two young sons, who happen to be Lucy’s nephews.

Melissa is a valuable addition to our practice management; supporting the team to meet our client’s needs, ensuring the clinic is run efficiently and assisting in our commitment to provide high quality care.

Chilli (brown and TRIpawd) and Toro (black and fluffy) are our resident Therapy Dogs.

Lucy, Chilli and Toro have completed an animal assisted therapy course to become certified as an therapy animal team allowing the Therapy Dogs to attend appointments to help motivate and reward clients.  

Research has shown that dogs to help reduce stress and lower self reported pain scores, making Therapy Dogs a useful addition during stretching activities and some of the less comfortable aspects of physiotherapy.

Both boys enjoy meeting new people and getting pats. They are always happy to pop in at the end of the session and congratulate you on your hard work! 


Chilli & Toro

Therapy dogs