Theresa graduated from University College Dublin as a physiotherapist in 1973.

Employed as Physio therapy manager for Carmona services SJOG from 2000 until retirement in 2015 specialising in Early Childhood Intervention. During this period Theresa also provided input into services in Zambia and Malawi and was involved in research both in Zambia on Community based rehabilitation and early childhood intervention in Malawi. 

Theresa continues to provide training in early services utilising the Portage model of early education of which she is hon secretary for the international portage association.

Theresa is also involved with VSO (voluntary Services Overseas) and volunteered in Uganda in 2017 working on baseline reports.