About TCA


Tempe Community Acupuncture is proud to be family owned.  Here at TCA, we believe high quality healthcare should be accessible to everybody: affordable, comfortable, convenient, and simple.


We are community activists who work to support good health.  We go against convention, we are patient focused not profit-driven.  You won’t hear us throwing our titles around.  You won’t see us wearing lab coats.  We are proficient practitioners who look like, dress like, and act like our patients.  Community acupuncture is not a spa treatment that only the wealthy are able to afford.  It is not a luxury, it is health care.  We are committed to providing affordable alternatives in health care.  We are not acupuncturists, we are acupunks…

and proud of it!


Our Staff

Heidi McHardy, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac., Acupunk

Heidi is the clinic owner and full time ‘Acupunk’.  Heidi has a Master of Science degree in Acupuncture.  She studied at both the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture.  She is nationally board certified by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental medicine and fully licensed in the state of Arizona.  She has also studied under several great mentors on a one on one basis for specialized training.  After a lifetime of moving around the country, Heidi decided to put roots down, make Arizona home, and get “Stuck in Tempe”.  Heidi utilizes a variety of gentle techniques that combine different systems in order to help restore health and alleviate pain.   When she is not busy doing acupuncture she can be found hiking, exploring, and hanging out with foster dogs.


Kim Mathis, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., Acupunk

Kim is TCA’s part-time punk, she studied Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) at at Southwest Acupuncture College and the Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture.  She is board certified by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and a Licensed Acupuncturist in the state of Arizona.  She has worked at various clinics throughout Phoenix such as; Arizona State University’s campus wellness center, Infinite Healing chiropractic center and worked as a supervisor for an acupuncture group healing clinic specializing in addictions and detoxification.  Outside of her acupuncture gig and studies, Kim enjoys spending her extra time with a grumpy Pomeranian cruising the trails of the desert mountains, teaching herself local folk medicine and herbal knowledge.



Amanda Lewis, Clinic Manager

Amanda is the TCA greeter, receptionist, organizational mastermind, cashier, the list goes on and on.  She does a little bit of everything as clinic manager, from scheduling to inventory.  Her enthusiasm and skills keep TCA running super smoothly.  She is known for her optimism, love of Christmas music, and peppy spirit.


Ilana Hayes, Administrative Assistant

Ilana’s life long passion for learning about other cultures and all things interesting led her to pursue a Bachelor’s in Anthropology, to become a Certified Shiatsu Therapist, to travel to over 10 countries, and to constantly explore local ethnic restaurants. In the winter months, she enjoys exploring local trails, and, in the summer, escaping the heat by exploring Northern Arizona.


See it doesn't hurt. Thanks to my sister Stacy for being my model.

Stacy Zimmerman, Front Desk sub

Stacy is the TCA front desk temp when our staff needs time off.  When she isn’t helping out at TCA, she is busy working in a senior living facility.  Stacy has a degree in Kinesiology and a Master’s degree in Business, along with a passion for health and wellness.  Her passion in healthcare is exceeded only by her love of dogs and horses.