Dr. Heidi Schaeffer received her Bachelor Degrees in Biology and Psychology (and Minor in Chemistry) from Barry University and was Valedictorian of both majors. She earned her Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Miami School of Medicine and subsequently trained in Internal Medicine training at Jackson Memorial Hospital. She has been a licensed Florida physician since 2000. Dr. Schaeffer is a member of the American Woman's Medical Association and its P.A.T.H.(Physicians-Against-the-Trafficking-of-Humans) Committee.
Nationally known for her service and expertise on combating human trafficking, Dr. Schaeffer has helped advance HT legislation and has been invited to educate on HT, including at the US Capital. She won the State of Florida’s 2017 HT “Community Advocate of the Year Award.” Dr. Schaeffer is the Vice-President of the Human Trafficking Coalition of the Palm Beaches, as well as the Coalition Communications Specialist for the Broward Human Trafficking Coalition. She is part of the Advisory Board for NSU CREATE, 1HTC, and KidSafe Foundation. She is the twice-elected President of Soroptimist International of Boca Raton/Deerfield and has served on two Foster-care-related committees for ChildNet. She is the proud mother of a young son.