Debra graduated from the Southern School of Natural Therapies (SSNT) in 1981 practising Naturopathy, Remedial and Manipulative Therapy, Iridology, Homeopathy, Vitamin and Mineral Therapy, and Herbal Medicine. Since 2009 she has also been a lecturer in the Lester Cox technique. For the first five years of practice Debra worked with Judy and Alf Jacka in their Hawthorn practice as well as in her own practices in Springvale and Carrum Downs. She subsequently scaled down to Carrum Downs only where she practices and operates a multi-disciplinary clinic.
Debra also practised for five years at the Peninsula Women’s Health Centre in Mornington alongside various medical doctors and specialists. Apart from clinical practice she has given many health talks in community health centres and also for Diabetes Australia.
After graduating Debra became a company member of the Southern School of Natural Therapies and served on the School’s Council. In addition she was acting Victorian Treasurer of the Australian Natural Therapists Association until the birth of her first child in 1987.
Debra resumed the Vice-Chair position on the SSNT School Council in 2004 and after the sale of the college to an education business, and the subsequent formation of the Jacka Foundation for Natural Therapies in 2010, she was elected to the board of directors as Chairperson.