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-VT, Muscatine, IA - Irene was my acupuncturist from high school through college. I was a softball pitcher unable to lift my throwing arm above 90°. My condition did not improve after weeks of physical therapy and chiropractic, and Irene treated me for the injury that would have ended my competitive softball activities. After my first treatment with Irene, my range of motion increased dramatically, and I could move another 45° without pain. I absolutely credit her treatments for saving my athletic career. I also continued to see Irene for a variety of issues through college.

Irene also treated my parents, and my Mom was cured of over 40 allergies (milk, beef, lettuce, tomato, etc.) by Irene using NAET allergy elimination therapy. My Dad was able to avoid knee replacement surgery for many years with acupuncture treatments. Both parents benefited from Loomis digestive enzyme therapy. Whatever problem that anyone in our family experienced, Irene was patient, kind and helpful in its resolution.

Irene is a talented practitioner with a vast amount of experience. If you are in the Santa Fe area, you are lucky to have the opportunity to see Irene! HEARTLIGHT TINY LOGO 25 X 1png

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-TR Pella, IA - Dr. Irene Dougherty's acupuncture has been a great help in dealing with my chronic pain. In addition, she has been very helpful in getting my allergies under control. I greatly appreciate her care. HEARTLIGHT TINY LOGO 25 X 1png

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-SH Clayton, NM - We were driving through Santa Fe; I had terrific neck and chest pain and was feeling pretty bad. Decided to try to find an acupuncturist in hopes for relief. So glad I found Dr. Irene Dougherty. What a good experience. Dr. Dougherty is a true professional and I had relief is just a matter of minutes. If my family and I need relief from discomforts in the future, we know who to visit for help. Thanks! HEARTLIGHT TINY LOGO 25 X 1png

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-JL Santa Fe, NM - I was on strong pain medication (Vicodin) and called Dr. Dougherty to see if she could do anything about my severe headaches and debilitating neck and back pain from a military parachute accident. Dr. Dougherty was upfront in saying it would take time, and that a series of treatments and periodic follow-ups were necessary to ensure the pain was managed. 

I felt no pain at after the first five minutes of the acupuncture treatment. As an unexpected bonus, Dr. John Brady followed the acupuncture with deep therapeutic relaxation therapy, and I felt the accumulated stress drain from my body. I am completely off opiod pain meds and continue taking follow-up treatments. HEARTLIGHT TINY LOGO 25 X 1png

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–MP The United Kingdom - Dr. Irene Dougherty, DOM saved my trip to Santa Fe! I was attending a conference in Santa Fe when I felt an ear infection setting in after my flight from London. Dr. Dougherty accommodated me on short notice and stopped the pain immediately. She was awesome and helped me make the most of a major meeting in Santa Fe. I will always remember how she went the extra mile for a visitor to Santa Fe. HEARTLIGHT TINY LOGO 25 X 1png

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-SK San Luis Obispo, CA - A VW van hit me while I was riding my motorcycle. I fell off the bike and slid seventy-five feet on the pavement. My left side was in excruciating pain when they took me to the hospital, and was unable to receive pain medication before surgery on my left arm and leg. The emergency room doctor called a colleague, Dr. John Brady, who was a certified medical-dental therapeutic hypnotist to see if he could help my pain.


Dr. Brady immediately put me at ease when he entered my room. He and checked my pain level and assured me that he could subdue my pain. Within twenty-five minutes of deep therapeutic relaxation, the worst of my pain subsided enough for me to drift off to sleep. The next thing I remember was waking up in the surgery recovery room. HEARTLIGHT TINY LOGO 25 X 1png

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-TJ New York, NY - I struggled with painful stomach issues which puzzled medical doctors and had a flare up while I was working temporarily on a motion picture in Santa Fe. I was looking for an acupuncturist to supplement treatment I had at home in NYC when I came across Dr. Irene Dougherty’s HeartLight Wellness website.

When I read Dr. Dougherty’s profile, I was intrigued that she was both a Master acupuncturist AND a Loomis Digestive Health Specialist as well. I was skeptical because of my frustrating encounters with medical doctors, but I really needed some help. After only two visits with Dr. Dougherty, I noticed a huge improvement and a year later I am symptom-free. HEARTLIGHT TINY LOGO 25 X 1png 

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-MB Gold Coast, Chicago, IL - I first met Irene three years ago when I was experiencing constant heartburn pains. As a 26-year-old, I never left the house without Tums and didn't want to accept the idea of daily heartburn medication for the rest of my life. These chest pains were affecting my work life, my social life, and my ability to sleep at night.

After speaking with Dr. Irene Dougherty, DOM, she introduced me to digestive health and enzymes for the first time. She tested me and recommended specific enzymes to treat the heartburn conditions I was experiencing. After just days of taking these enzymes, my heartburn disappeared for good, and I am happy to say that I haven't experienced heartburn in years! I can now eat, work, and socialize with confidence knowing that I won't experience discomfort after meals. And let me add, the spicier the food, the better!

Dr. Dougherty has also utilized enzyme therapy to treat numerous other issues for me, including stomach pain, acne, muscle tightness, and scarring. Each time, the results were seen within days, and I could move forward knowing that I treated the root of the problem for long-term health vs. just treating the in-moment symptoms.

Dr. Dougherty is an excellent digestive health specialist, acupuncturist, allergist, and wellness counselor and anyone would be lucky to receive care from her. She is patient, an excellent listener, and has decades of experience treating hundreds of patients with a wide variety of health issues. I highly recommend going to Irene. HEARTLIGHT TINY LOGO 25 X 1png

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-MP Santa Fe, NM - I first went to Dr. Irene Dougherty for acupuncture after rotator cuff surgery, but during our discussions, I mentioned that I suffered from IBS. She began to treat me for my gastrointestinal issues with digestive enzymes. For the first time in years, I didn't feel any abdominal inflammation and pain!! I sent my husband to Dr. Dougherty for a sore shoulder, and after two treatments he was pain-free. I have referred several people to her for a variety of ailments, and everyone has come away with glowing results. Some told me, " I have never felt better."

Irene has an incredibly gentle nature and, personally, I think she is a true medical intuitive. Her rates are very reasonable, especially for Santa Fe. She's my first go-to any healing my body (or mind) needs. HEARTLIGHT TINY LOGO 25 X 1png  

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–CR Santa Fe, NM - I had lifelong digestive issues when I moved to Santa Fe, including acid reflux, diverticulitis, and chronic Inflammatory bowel problems. Often the diverticulitis pain was so intense I couldn't walk upright. Essentially, my MD said live with it or have surgery to remove part of my colon.

A friend I met in Santa Fe suggested I try Dr. Irene Dougherty, DOM, and Dr. John Brady, Ph.D. He said Dr. Dougherty and Dr. Brady had treated his gut issues with a combination of acupuncture, therapeutic relaxation, and special digestive enzymes tailored to restore his gastrointestinal system. I was somewhat skeptical, but I had a free phone consultation with Dr. Dougherty, and she shared her experience treating digestive issues with the Loomis Food Enzyme Institute’s protocol.

Dr. Dougherty and Dr. Brady reviewed my medical history, including food allergies, or other possible causes of my troubles during my first visit. After some counseling regarding my diet and lifestyle, Dr. Dougherty recommended a course of acupuncture treatments, therapeutic relaxation and digestive enzymes for the three areas where I was not digesting my food properly.

After four treatments and a month on the enzymes, I was totally free of my symptoms! I continue to take the enzymes, and my digestive issues are a thing of the past. The combination of acupuncture, deep relaxation, and enzymes have changed my life. Thank you, Dr. Dougherty and Dr. Brady. HEARTLIGHT TINY LOGO 25 X 1png

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-LR Pella, Iowa - My family has worked extensively with Dr. Dougherty on difficult allergy issues. Our board-certified allergist who is nationally recognized & a highly respected Fellow in the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology is so impressed with the positive results of Dr. Dougherty's allergy treatments that she has recommended that we continue allergy care with Dr. Dougherty.

Our family is so grateful to Dr. Irene Dougherty for her excellent professional healthcare. She has worked with our entire family for several years. She is kind, caring, compassionate, and knowledgeable. Her treatment plans are developed to meet the individualized needs of her clients. HEARTLIGHT TINY LOGO 25 X 1png

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-CS Cedar Rapids, IA - I grew up in Western medicine, and after years of masking allergy symptoms with injections, pills, nose sprays and eye drops, I was tired of living in a fog. Dr. Irene Dougherty introduced me to NAET (Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Techniques), and I received NAET treatments from her, and I am drug-free today, breathing clearly without irritation.

Connecting to Dr. Dougherty began an exciting journey with an extraordinary healer. I started to wonder if there were any treatment options for my Stage 3 Endometriosis. I had debilitating symptoms and was unable to tolerate Western medicine solutions, which are forms of birth control. While Endo cannot be cured, I found I could successfully manage it through digestive enzyme nutrition, acupuncture, emotional clearings and NAET. With Irene's guidance & support, I have lived symptom-free for the past ten years.

When I suffered a lower back injury, I instantly sought Dr. Dougherty’s Balance Method acupuncture skills. After she treated me I had immediate relief of the pain and inflammation in my back.

Before you lose hope about your health issues, take prescription drugs, or have surgery, seek out Dr. Irene Dougherty and her partner, Dr. John Brady. You will be amazed! It is my experience that they have a multitude of skills and therapies that will help your with overcome any ailment. It is Iowa's loss and definitely Santa Fe, New Mexico's gain since their practice moved from Iowa! HEARTLIGHT TINY LOGO 25 X 1png  

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–JL Marshalltown, IA - I have known Dr. Irene Dougherty and have been her patient since she first opened her practice in Iowa twenty years ago. She is far and away the best doctor I have ever had, and nothing I can say really does justice to her. I count myself truly lucky to have been treated by her, because she is extremely knowledgeable, compassionate and caring, and a truly outstanding doctor.

Dr. Dougherty treats the whole person, not just the symptom du jour. In my case, she has treated chronic pain, high blood pressure, cholesterol, insomnia, and any number of transient issues. She has helped me to become healthy for the first time in years. I am fit, blood pressure is way down, and I sleep well. She uses acupuncture for instant results and enzyme therapy, and she treats me as a whole person with respect and care.

I feel strongly that Dr. Dougherty is the ideal family doctor. She genuinely cares, she is professional, and she invests in the health and well-being of her patients. That is as rare as hens’ teeth in today’s world. If you are looking for a doctor, you could not do better. HEARTLIGHT TINY LOGO 25 X 1png

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–BK Los Alamos, NM - It’s all been said in the other reviews. Dr. Irene Dougherty, DOM, is all I could have hoped for in a healthcare professional and acupuncture practitioner. She is partners with Dr. John Brady and they are my ‘go-to’ doctors, and always provide the absolute best care, and I believe, best advice and treatment during every visit and for every issue.

If you are looking for doctors whose health and wellness knowledge is encyclopedic, who treat the whole person, and take the time to be caring even while maintaining a bustling practice, then Dr. Dougherty and Dr. Brady are the doctors for you. HEARTLIGHT TINY LOGO 25 X 1png

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–ME Santa Fe, NM - To echo the other reviews, the Dr. Irene Dougherty, and her partner, Dr. John Brady have been extremely helpful to me with a variety of my issues. Despite having a busy practice, they are always able to work me in within a few days of my calling. They also provide a free 15-minute telephone consultation if I have an issue. I’ve been treated by many healthcare professionals in my life, and it’s rare to find doctors as knowledgeable, accommodating, and concerned as Dr. Dougherty and Dr. Brady. HEARTLIGHT TINY LOGO 25 X 1png

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–JD Albuquerque, NM - I have had nothing but positive experiences with Dr. Irene Dougherty and her partner Dr. John Brady. Their home-like offices are clean and very warm and welcoming. Dr. Dougherty provides a safe, understanding, sympathetic, private practice, and always accompanies her diagnosis with standard western treatment suggestions in addition to acupuncture and therapeutic relaxation recommendations. She is the first Doctor I have ever had that concentrated on the wellness of the mind, body, and soul. Seriously, she is the first doctor that ever made me consider going outside of my HMO plan, and I would fly to Santa Fe for an appointment even if I were living back in NYC. I give six-stars out of five; outstanding! HEARTLIGHT TINY LOGO 25 X 1png

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–EB Santa Fe, NM - I moved to Santa Fe three weeks ago and came down with a sudden medical issue. I was distraught and because I don’t know many people in the city to ask for doctor recommendations I “Googled” acupuncturists in SF. I immediately phoned HeartLight Wellness, the practice of Dr. Irene Dougherty, DOM, and her partner Dr. John Brady, Ph.D., C.Ht. I spoke with Dr. Irene Dougherty, who was kind, considerate and very reassuring.

I had my first appointment with Dr. Dougherty yesterday, and I’ve already recommended her to five friends. From the moment I walked I was treated as if I’d been a HeartLight Wellness patient for years. Dr. Dougherty’s acupuncture and Dr. Brady’s therapeutic relaxation treatment was amazing and helped heal me almost immediately. My entire experience from my first phone call to the moment I was treated was beyond positive. I am grateful to have found Drs. Dougherty and Brady, and I will absolutely go back to HeartLight Wellness. HEARTLIGHT TINY LOGO 25 X 1png

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–JC Tesuque Pueblo, New Mexico - Dr. Irene Dougherty is hands-down one of the best healthcare professionals I have seen in my 32 years of life! Her bedside manner is calm, confident, attentive, and personal. I saw her for a skin issue, and Dr. Dougherty made me feel comfortable and relaxed and asked me questions about my recreational life (which no doctor has ever done before!).

We also discussed allergies and digestive issues to address some issues I was having, and she made recommendations as to what I knew that she REALLY cared about my whole being and not just what I needed physically.

Additionally, I could tell that Dr. Dougherty is well versed in both western and eastern medicine. It is for this reason and the fact that her partner Dr. John Brady are very friendly and welcoming, that I give her five stars! I would recommend HeartLight Wellness to anyone that values their health and wants a doctor that’s holistic, empowering, and a true team player! HEARTLIGHT TINY LOGO 25 X 1png

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–JG Los Alamos, NM - I can’t say enough about Dr. Irene Dougherty and Dr. John Brady’s care. Their office and professionalism are second to none. As for the care Dr. Dougherty provides, I truly appreciated her approach to treating me, and not seeing me as just a collection of potential disparate problems.  Both Dr. Dougherty and Dr. Brady give total focus on their patients and spend all the time you need, and they are not in a rush to see their next patient. Dr. Dougherty and Dr. Brady truly care about me as a patient and as an individual. HEARTLIGHT TINY LOGO 25 X 1png

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–KW Santa Fe, NM - Dr. Irene Dougherty and Dr. John Brady are always available if I need them. They provide the most, personalized treatment and go out of their way to make sure I am healthy physically, emotionally and mentally. I would highly recommend Dr. Dougherty and Dr. Brady to anyone! What really impressed me was their offering to make home ‘house-call’ visits. They offer the highest standard of healthcare, and I hope their model of treating the whole person is the future of the healthcare industry!  HEARTLIGHT TINY LOGO 25 X 1png

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-LH Santa Fe, NM - Dr. Irene Dougherty offers a knowledgeable and experienced healing therapy in a kind and safe environment. Her attentive listening allows her to focus on specific needs in a most thoughtful and informed manner. I will continue to use Irene's Healing Acupuncture and do not hesitate to recommend her to others. HEARTLIGHT TINY LOGO 25 X 1png

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Dr. Irene Dougherty & Dr. John Brady


HeartLight Wellness is Santa Fe's only practice offering the healing benefits of both Balance Method Acupuncture for immediate pain relief, Five Element Acupuncture, Therapeutic Relaxation for long-term healing, and NAET Allergy Elimination Techniques.

Dr. Irene Dougherty, Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM), holds the unique distinction of being New Mexico's only Balance Method Gold Level Acupuncturist and holds a Master’s Degree in Five-Element Acupuncture from the prestigious Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Laurel, Maryland.

Dr. John Brady holds a Ph.D. in applied psychology, and is a Certified Medical/Dental Hypnotherapist (C.Ht) and an accredited practitioner of therapeutic relaxation in Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico. He is also a Certified Master Life Coach (C.MLc.) with years of experience assisting people live the life they want to live.

Both Drs. Dougherty and Brady have over twenty-five years' experience, and decades of post-graduate education and academic and professional certificates.

We invite you to experience immediate relief from your symptoms and enjoy the life you love to live.


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