"During a HealthRHYTHMS session serving people facing the challenges of eating disorders, a participant said “While we were playing together and creating music, my eating disorder was not present. How great it feels to have time away from it”."
Annie Heiderscheit, Ph.D., MT-BC, LMFT is a board certified music therapist and a licensed marriage and family therapist. She completed graduate coursework in music psychotherapy at Temple University and earned a master's degree in counseling from Iowa State University. She completed her doctoral studies at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Heiderscheit has completed advanced training in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music and is a fellow through the Association for Music and Imagery (FAMI). She is also trained in Neurological Music Therapy (NMT) and is an endorsed facilitator in HealthRhythms Group Empowerment Drumming.
Dr. Heiderscheit teaches at the University of Minnesota in the Center for Spirituality and Healing. She maintains a private practice in music therapy, specializing in the use of music therapy in medicine and healing practices and in music psychotherapy. She maintains clinical practice at The Emily Program (outpatient eating disorder treatment program) and at University of Minnesota Children's Hospital on the Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Unit and Pediatric Intensive Care Units.
Annie has more than 18 years of clinical experience as a board certified music therapist providing services to a variety of clinical settings. She has conducted research utilizing guided imagery and music with adults in chemical dependency treatment. She is currently conducting research utilizing music to reduce stress and anxiety during mealtimes with patients in eating disorder treatment. Dr. Heiderscheit also collaborated with Dr. Linda Chlan on a $1.2 million research grant through the National Institutes of Health to study the use of a music intervention to reduce sedation in mechanically ventilated patients. Annie currently serves as the Interim President of the World Federation of Music Therapy
Awards & Recognition:
A. Marilyn Sime Research Fellowship. Recipient of the Sime Research Fellowship, award through the Academic Health Center, Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota.
Circle of Life award, received as a member of the Transitions and Life Choices (TLC)
care team. This national award is given to recognize and honor programs that improve care
of patients near the end of life or with life-threatening conditions. The award is supported by
the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, sponsored by the American Hospital Association,
the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, the American Medical
Association and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.