Heidi was born in Calgary but was educated in the Netherlands and Australia due to her father's petroleum engineering career. She began playing as a Suzuki Student at age 5. In 1995 Heidi completed her primary level accreditation to teach violin with the Australian Talent Education Association of Australia. Since then she has done teacher training units 1-5 through the Suzuki Association of the Americas with teachers from USA and Europe. In 2008 Heidi took six students and their families to Japan to participate in the Matsumoto Summer School founded by Dr Suzuki. In the summer of 2010, she attended the violin and viola intensive string pedagogy retreat with Mimi Zweig at University of Indiana Bloomington.

In addition to Suzuki qualifications, Heidi holds a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and a Masters level Advanced Certificate in Performance from the University of Toronto.

Heidi has had many significant teaching experiences. She has taught as part of the music faculty at Mentone Boys Grammar and Cranbourne Christian College in Melbourne and at the Conservatory of Central Illinois. For the past nine years, she has been on the faculty of the North York Suzuki School of Music in Toronto. She has been a substitute teacher for the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, and has been invited to be a guest clinician at winter workshops and summer camps in the general Toronto area. Heidi has served on the board of directors for the annual Dr Suzuki concert in Toronto since 2004. In 2010 seven schools were invited to participate in this event.

Heidi has performed with orchestras in Australia and Illinois and has enjoyed freelance opportunities in Toronto playing with professional groups like the Zonnebloem Quartet, and Alchemy. She has also performed twice as a soloist and conducted a concert for the Trinity Chamber Ensemble.