Established in 2016, Thrive Medical is a small community General Practice in Cairns North.
Owned by well-known local GPs, Dr Jane Barry and Dr Melanie Stuttgen, we provide high quality health care for all age groups. Bringing enthusiasm and a variety of skills, our team includes Dr Samantha Olliver, Dr Aileen Traves, Dr Lachlan McIntosh and Dr Lynne Reid.
Our practice offers a welcoming, non-judgemental, friendly environment where we can focus on improving your health and that of your family.
We see you as a whole person and aim to optimise your health rather than just treat your illness or injury.
For healthy people we need a healthy planet. We aim to utilise environmentally sustainable practices wherever possible. Please refer to our Planetary Health page for further information on our actions and what you can do personally.
Conveniently located just south of the airport turn-off and directly behind Mother of Good Counsel School, we are well positioned for easy access from the northern Cairns area, including Cairns North, Edge Hill, Whitfield, Aeroglen, Stratford, Freshwater, Brinsmead, Redlynch, Caravonica, Kamerunga, Smithfield, Machans Beach and Holloways Beach.
DR JANE BARRY
MBBS, BSc(Med), DRANZCOG, FARGP, FRACGP
Born and bred in Sydney, I'm very happy to call Cairns home. I absolutely love the climate, friendly people and beautiful landscapes here.
I always knew the city life wasn't for me so, on completion of my undergraduate training, I seized the opportunity to escape. I spent my early years as a doctor working in regional and rural New South Wales and Queensland.
I first came to Cairns in 1999 and was captivated. I quickly applied for a job up here and, despite being told I would find the pace of life in FNQ frustratingly slow, I immediately felt at home. My first years here were spent socialising, exploring the rivers and walks of the area, and working at Cairns Hospital where I gained extra skills in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (birthing and Women's Health), and Emergency Medicine.
With these qualifications under my belt I was keen to gain wider experience, both personally and professionally, so moved to Alice Springs. I worked there for 3 ½ years as a flying doctor for remote Indigenous communities and cattle stations. It was an extraordinary experience but the hours were relentless and I eventually realised I couldn't single-handedly win the battle to improve the health of remote Indigenous Australians. I needed to prioritise my own health and well-being.
So I returned to Cairns in 2006, settled into General Practice and quickly regained a work/life balance. I was fortunate at that time to be able to also continue working with remote and Indigenous communities, initially with the RFDS doing GP Women's Health clinics in Cape York, the Gulf and the Torres Strait, and then with Apunipima in Mossman Gorge until 2014.
I believe in supporting my profession and am involved in teaching. I also examine regularly for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
I am passionate about General Practice and love being a GP. I feel privileged to be part of my patients' lives and enjoy the full variety of medical practice. My special interests are Women's health (including antenatal care and mirena insertions), Indigenous health and minor surgery, aged care, kids, mental health.
In recent years I have become increasingly aware of, and deeply concerned by, the declining health of our planet. I try to live as sustainably as possible (which is good for my health!) and am involved in medical and community groups advocating for positive change on a broader scale.
DR LACHLAN MCINTOSH
I completed my medical degree at the University of Newcastle, Australia and undertook further training as a junior doctor at the Nepean Hospital in Western Sydney. Whilst there I gained experience in a variety of medical and surgical disciplines.
In 2018 I moved to Cairns where I began working and studying in the field of General Practice. I have a particular interest in men’s health and also medical education.
When not at Thrive I am involved in teaching medical students and junior doctors through James Cook University. Outside work I enjoy cycling and bushwalking with my wife.
DR MELANIE STUTTGEN
BSc(Hons), MBBS, FRACGP
I'm not sure about the criteria for being a Cairns local, but being born here during a cyclone and spending the first 16 years of my life here, means I consider myself a local. I left in the early 1990s to undertake my university studies in Brisbane. Before I became a doctor, I was a scientist. I spent my honours year researching pesticide resistance in cattle ticks and then entered the fascinating world of medical research, at the Queensland Institute of Medicine. It was this time in medical research that inspired me to subsequently return to The University of Queensland, Brisbane, to study medicine. Keen to leave city life, I was thankful for the opportunity to complete my final two years of hospital rotations in North Queensland. After graduation from medical school I continued working in North Queensland and then headed to Tasmania to do my general practice training. In 2009, with my husband and 3 children in tow, I once again headed North and returned home to Cairns and have been working as a local GP ever since.
I love being a GP. As a GP you get to look after not only an individual, but their entire (often extended) family; you get the opportunity to provide education and empower patients about their health. I consider it a privilege to share a patient's journey through both joyful times and difficult or sorrowful times. I enjoy the challenge of never knowing what is going to come through the door on any day. The added advantage to being a GP is the babies. I love babies and can often be found between consultations sneaking in a cuddle.
When not at work I enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading and trying to tame my garden and undo the landscaping work of the local scrub turkeys.
My patients and staff who struggle with my last name call me Dr Mel.
DR SAMANTHA OLLIVER
I always wanted to be a doctor after seeing the amazing job the team of doctors did for my brother when he was born with a rare genetic disorder. The care he received from his paediatrician in particular motivated me to study medicine.
I was (and still am) a country kid, growing up in a number of small QLD country towns. I finished high school at St Ursula's boarding school in Yeppoon and went straight into undergrad MBBS at James Cook University, studying in Townsville and then Mackay. Following the completion of my degree I moved to the Gold Coast Hospital for my first two post-graduate years. I then joined the Army and served 7 years in uniform, completing my GP training whilst serving in the Defence Force.
After having my two children I decided being a civilian was more conducive to being the type of parent and doctor I wanted to be. I've spent the last 6 years looking after some beautiful patients at the Cavenagh Medical Centre in Darwin and have now moved to Cairns for the cooler weather (ha!) and to be nearer to family.
Working in General Practice, I have developed interests in women's health, sexual health, mental health and lifestyle medicine.
My approach to medicine is to take the time to listen and understand in order to provide holistic care. I love having the opportunity to support my patients through the different times of their lives and health concerns.
When I'm not working I enjoy being outside and active or curled up on the couch with my kids enjoying some quiet time together.
DR AILEEN TRAVES
MBBS, DCH, FRACGP, MPHTM, Grad Cert HPE
I grew up in Canberra back in the days when there was no medical school to train at in our Nation's Capital, so I made the move to North Queensland in 2000 to be in the first class of doctors to train at James Cook University. After four years in Townsville I moved to Cairns for the fifth and sixth years of the degree. Like so many others who "temporarily" come to Cairns I discovered how much I love the place in 2004 and have never left. I learned the ropes as a junior doctor at Cairns Base Hospital before commencing general practice specialist training. I have worked in Kuranda, Mareeba, and around Cape York and the Torres Strait as part of the paediatric outreach team.
I love the variety and privilege of being a GP, and enjoy supporting patients of all ages through the ups and downs of life. My special interests include women's health and antenatal care, child and adolescent health, sexual health, community and public health, travel medicine and palliative care. I have a Diploma of Child Health, and a Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. I am passionate about improving the health of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
I try to listen to my patients and help them to understand their own body and emotions. In addition to clinical work I also enjoy teaching medical students at James Cook University part time.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my husband and two young daughters, bushwalking, swimming, appreciating nature and trying to look after my own health. I love to travel and learn more about the incredible world in which we live.
DR LYNNE REID
MBChB, MRCP, MRCGP, FRACGP, DFSRH, PG Cert Medical Law, PG Cert Medical Education
I love living and working in the Cairns community. I am very involved with local sports through my own participation and through the activities that my family take part in. Personally, my main focus is running and I am an active member of a local running group. I can also be found at the side of hockey, AFL, soccer, athletics fields watching my kids play lots of sport.
As a GP I have a special interest in lifestyle medicine and I am passionate about helping patients be the best version of themselves through sport, exercise and good nutrition. I enjoy the wide variety of medicine found in general practice. The opportunity to work in a specialty that allows me to get to know patients well and support them through all phases of life is a huge privilege.
I enjoy looking after all aspects of health but I have special interests in:
- Obesity, weight loss and metabolic health
- Mental health including eating disorders
- Women’s health
- Chronic disease management
- Sexual health and reproductive medicine.