In 1996, Terra graduated with a degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. Since then she has worked in a variety of public and private Occupational Therapy clinics throughout Canada and the United States and, in 2002, obtained certification as a specialist in Hand Therapy. She became a full member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) in 2009 and served as the Queensland Divisional Representative in 2013. During a brief stint in California from 2014 to 2017, Terra was an Adjunct Professor at Stanbridge University where she lectured at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and also served as a postgraduate research advisor on projects focussed on Yoga as a therapeutic modality for complex regional pain syndrome and on goniometric measurement techniques for wrist flexion/extension.