Jackie graduated as an Occupational Therapist in 1992. She first became a full member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) in 1995 and served on the national executive as well as a term as the State Co-ordinator. She has worked in public and private Hand Therapy clinics in Australia and England, including her own private hand therapy practice on the Sunshine Coast. Jackie has lectured at an under graduate and post graduate level and has presented many upper limb workshops for therapists training.