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This is why we think HeartLight Wellness is

Santa Fe's Premier Allergy and Healing Practice ...


Fantastic, wonderful, great place! Irene and John are so kind and attentive. I've had acupuncture and allergy treatments and they worked so well; Both my newborn baby and I've had treatments.

My infant son has had a bad reaction to lots of foods I was consuming, through my breast milk. He used to cry and grunt and toot all night. At 2 months he hadn't slept a stretch longer than 2-3 hours. After several treatments with Irene he's consistently slept 4-5 hour stretches. I continue to avoid the foods she found to be troublesome for my son and he's doing just fine ~ Amazing!  ~ CK, Los Alamos NM HEARTLIGHT TINY LOGO 25 X 1png
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SF - Mystery Solved - I want to share my story to help others who are facing challenging health issues.  Before I came to HeartLight Wellness and met Dr. Irene Dougherty, I was having trouble just getting out of bed, and now I get up, enjoy my activities, go out to eat, and do things I used to take for granted.

I struggled for years with extreme fatigue, nagging allergies, muscle weakness, and a host of other unexplained symptoms. I went to see numerous western doctors, and I was told time and time again to stop chasing a diagnosis.

I had to do a lot of soul searching to make my next move. I got up my nerve and shared my situation with a friend who had had similar issues. She recommended that I try Dr. Irene Dougherty at HeartLight Wellness of Santa Fe. She said Dr. Dougherty specializes in difficult cases using a variety of treatments.

HeartLight Wellness is an amazing place. My first visit was a pleasant two hours; almost like visiting a spa. Dr. Irene Dougherty was on time, and she focused entirely on my health concerns. She listened attentively and didn’t rush me—it was a total contrast to my typical doctor's office visit. I was amazed at her patience, caring, compassion, and knowledge.

Dr. Dougherty discovered that my underlying problems were aggravating food and environmental allergies that were affecting my overall health and stress level. It has been such a blessing to understand and improve my quality of life the therapies available at HeartLight Wellness of Santa Fe. HEARTLIGHT TINY LOGO 25 X 1png

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-SB - Dr. Irene Dougherty has helped me in so many ways throughout the last decade. I’ve had many issues with different health and emotional problems. Recently, I’ve been having horrific headaches and couldn’t seem to find out what was causing them. I contacted my doctor, had an MRI, went to the chiropractor, and the dentist. No one could find anything that was causing the headaches.

I made an appointment with Irene, and she was the only one who could help. We had yard work done which required the front yard to be stripped, and new soil and mulch brought in, and when I worked outside my severe headaches started.

Dr. Dougherty, an NAET allergy specialist, was able to clear my reaction to what was in the new soil and mulch. After my first treatment, I went for over a week without a headache. When the headaches returned, I contacted her and she cleared me again. Thanks to Irene, and I have been allergy and headache free for weeks now.

Irene is amazing! She was instrumental in saving my daughters life several years ago. I will always be grateful to her and will continue using her for any of my health issues. Thank you, Irene. HEARTLIGHT TINY LOGO 25 X 1png

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-LR - 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 - 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. 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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-VT - 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 - 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 - 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


–MP - 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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-TJ - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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. He said Dr. Dougherty 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 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. HEARTLIGHT TINY LOGO 25 X 1png

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–JL - I have known Dr. Irene Dougherty and have been her patient since she first opened her practice in Iowa twenty-five 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 - 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 my ‘go-to’ doctors.

She always provides the absolute best care, and the best advice and treatment for every issue. If you are looking for a doctor who specialize in difficult cases, who treat the whole person, and take their time with you, then Dr. Dougherty is the doctor for you. HEARTLIGHT TINY LOGO 25 X 1png

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–ME - To echo the other reviews, Dr. Irene Dougherty has been extremely helpful to me with a variety of issues. Despite having a busy practice, she is always able to work me in within a few days of my calling. She also provides a free 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. HEARTLIGHT TINY LOGO 25 X 1png

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–JD - I have had nothing but positive experiences with Dr. Irene Dougherty. Her home-like offices are clean and very warm and welcoming. She provides a safe, understanding, sympathetic, private practice, and she always explores all the possible treatments that will help me. 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 to make 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 - 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, 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 in I was treated as if I’d been a HeartLight Wellness patient for years. Dr. Dougherty’s acupuncture was amazing and helped start the healing process. My entire experience from my first phone call to the moment I was treated was beyond positive. I am grateful to have found Dr. Dougherty and I will absolutely go back to HeartLight Wellness. HEARTLIGHT TINY LOGO 25 X 1png

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–JC - Dr. Irene Dougherty is hands-down one of the best healthcare professionals I have seen in my 32 years of life! She REALLY cares about my whole being and not just what I needed physically. 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 that really helped me.

Additionally, I could tell that Dr. Dougherty is well versed in both western and eastern medicine. She is 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 patient focused! HEARTLIGHT TINY LOGO 25 X 1png
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–JG - I can’t say enough about Dr. Irene Dougherty's care. Her 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.  Dr. Dougherty focuses totally on her patients and spends all the time you need, and she is not in a rush to see her next patient. HEARTLIGHT TINY LOGO 25 X 1png

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Dr. Irene Dougherty


Drs. Dougherty has 30-years' experience, and decades of post-graduate education and academic and professional certificates. HeartLight Wellness is Santa Fe's only practice offering the healing benefits of:

      Red Check v1png NAET Allergy Elimination Techniques, Loomis Digestive Therapy,

      Red Check v1png Loomis Digestive Therapy for acute and chronic digestive upset,

      Red Check v1png Balance Method Acupuncture for immediate pain relief, and

     Red Check v1png Five Element Acupuncture for long-term health and wellness, and

Dr. Irene Dougherty, Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM), holds the unique distinction of being the most popular NAET Allergist in New Mexico, Iowa, Minnesota, and Maryland. She is also a double Master Balance Method and Five-Element Acupuncturist. Irene is one of the few Loomis Digestive Therapists in New Mexico, and holds a Master’s Degree in from the prestigious Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Laurel, Maryland.
We invite you to experience relief from your acute and chronic symptoms so that you can be well and live well!





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