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, 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 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! VT  HEARTLIGHT TINY LOGO 25 X 1png
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Balance Method Acupuncture was developed by the late Grand Master Richard Teh Fu Tan - A Grand Master of Acupuncture. Balance Method Acupuncture is a simple and effective form of acupuncture that treats all types of pain and has an incredibly high success rate of Instantly eliminating 90% of Chronic Pain.

The late Dr. Richard Teh Fu Tan

HeartLight Wellness's Dr. Irene Dougherty was handpicked by Dr. Tan to practice the secrets of Balance Method acupuncture, and she holds his highest rank of Gold Master Balance Method Acupuncturist in New Mexico.

Irene has 35 years experience in applying the Balance Method in cases of acute and chronic pain caused by auto accidents, severe sports injuries, surgery/post surgery, cancer and chemotherapy side effects, fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease, endometriosis, migraines and more.

The Balance Method is the most effective system of acupuncture for pain relief – short term and long term. Patients appreciate the fact that It treats pain immediately. The benefits of Balance Method Acupuncture are:

     Red Check v1pngTreatment is specifically focused on your unique issues and trouble spots.
     Red Check v1pngPain relief is within seconds of needle insertion.
     Red Check v1png90% success rate with a series of treatments.
     Red Check v1pngFast overall recovery and rehabilitation times.
     Red Check v1pngRe-energized sense of balance in your life.
     Red Check v1pngNeedling is done only on Arms, Legs, & Head so you can wear comfortable clothes with roll-up sleeves and
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At HeartLight Wellness we are like old time 'country doctors' treating both adults and kids in a warm home-like environment. We focus on your needs, and we are committed to providing you with the very best in proven, drug-free, pain management treatment.

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

Dr. Dougherty is licensed in three states, and has over thirty-years' experience, and decades of post-graduate education and academic and professional certificates (Read Irene's patient reviews).


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