Our Doctors

At Hotze Health & Wellness Center, we have assembled a renowned medical team of alternative medicine doctors, specialists and nurses who are at the forefront of their craft. Their only desire is to help patients on their journey down a life-long path of health and wellness.

Each of our doctors has undergone a rigorous training program and countless hours of continuing education to ensure that your needs and concerns are addressed in the most sensitive and professional manner possible and that you receive the most up-to-date information and state-of-the-art care.

Our philosophy is simple: the more strides we make in helping you achieve optimal health, the more time you’ll have to enjoy it.

Led by noted author, radio host and founder, Steven F. Hotze, M.D., our physicians have over 60 years combined medical experience backed by a staff of 80 caring professionals who provide an environment of hope and well-being for each of our guests.

Dr. David Sheridan

David Sheridan, M.D.

After traditional medicine had failed him both personally and professionally, Dr. David Sheridan turned to an alternative approach of medicine – one which treats patients to achieve health and wellness naturally.

Dr. Sheridan, a native of Clifton, New Jersey, graduated from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in 1985. As a 3rd year resident of Family Medicine, he had the opportunity to attend a convention for the American Association of Family Physicians. It was there that he first learned about the Pan American Allergy Society. Because he had always struggled with allergies since he was a child, the Society particularly piqued his interest. At that point, he chose to add allergies to his family practice repertoire.

Dr. Sheridan joined the Pan American Allergy Society shortly thereafter and served as Vice President and later, President. He is also a member of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Sheridan went on to build a successful medical practice in Jacksonville, North Carolina, where he specialized in allergy medicine, working to enhance the immune systems of his patients. In addition to allergies, he also began treating thyroid disorders.

While he had a thriving medical practice, Dr. Sheridan had become increasingly dissatisfied with traditional medicine. In addition to treating allergy and thyroid disorders, he was also prescribing drugs — it seemed there was a drug on the market to match any of his patients’ symptoms. While he remained passionate about medicine, his main concern was that his patients achieve wellness by way of a natural approach instead of through the use of drugs.

Through his affiliation with the Pan American Allergy Society, Dr. Sheridan made the acquaintance of Dr. Hotze. He was particularly interested in the success that Dr. Hotze had achieved with his patients through his own practice. After exploring his options and realizing that his own goals and knowledge of allergy and thyroid problems were aligned with those of the Hotze Health & Wellness Center, he joined the staff as a physician in 2002.

Dr. Donald Ellsworth

Donald Ellsworth, M.D.

Dr. Ellsworth graduated from Vanderbilt University with high honors with a B.S. degree in Molecular Biology and Engineering Science. He graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine with Honors in 1986 and went on to complete a residency in Family Medicine at Richland Memorial Hospital in 1989. Following his medical training, he served in the United States Air Force as a Medical Officer at Tinker, Oklahoma for four years. He then joined the teaching faculty at the Saints Family Medicine Residency in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1993 where he enjoyed teaching medical students and residents in a broad range of medical conditions as well as running the obstetrical clinic.

Dr. Ellsworth and his wife Sylvia had long shared a mutual interest in serving overseas by doing medical ministry. In 1994, Dr. Ellsworth moved with his family to the newly independent country of Uzbekistan where he served as the Medical Director of a non-profit organization. During this time he recognized the need for the public to have basic information to help prevent disease and promote wellness. He also saw the need to equip both the public and the medical community with practical ways to treat illnesses using locally available resources. He spent several years studying, researching and working with a team to write the first home medical textbook in the Uzbek language. He also led a team which produced the first school health program. The school health programs and “A Health Handbook for Everyone” are still in use to this day. He also spearheaded initiatives such as an anemic awareness and treatment program for young women and children as well as a hypothyroidism prevention and treatment program using locally available iodine. Dr. Ellsworth also lectured on a wide array of health issues to the community.

The eight years of ministry were almost cut in half when his wife became ill with chronic fatigue, allergies and weakness. One year later, conventional treatments had failed to explain or resolve her health issues. Providentially, Dr. Ellsworth ran across Dr. Crook’s book The Yeast Connection and found to his amazement that her health returned once the yeast was treated. Later, they discovered that natural thyroid and progesterone provided a natural solution to the miscarriages they had experienced and thankfully culminated in the healthy birth of their 4th child. After eight years, the Ellsworth family returned from overseas to Dr. Ellsworth’s native home of Houston.

His research led him to attend the Pan American Allergy Society medical conference to learn more about treating allergies and natural medicine. There he met Dr. Sheridan and Dr. Hotze who shared with him the Wellness Center’s method of treatment. Dr. Ellsworth’s personal journey and his background in natural medicine made him a perfect fit for the Wellness Center and consequently he joined our staff at the Hotze Health & Wellness Center in 2003. Dr. Ellsworth dedicates himself to helping our guests gain and maintain health and wellness naturally. Dr. Ellsworth is always abreast of the latest medical research.

Debbie Janak, RN, NPC

Debbie Janak, R.N., FNP-C

Debbie Janak began her educational journey at Texas A&M University, her love of animals leading her to obtain an undergraduate degree in Animal Science. Prior to pursuing a career in the medical field, Debbie and her husband raised their two children while maintaining the Janak farm, a working farm that raises cattle, sheep, horses, blood hounds, and peacocks. Raised in a household that held to the belief in Vitamin C to cure the common cold and juiced carrots before juicing was a fad, Debbie fell right into the pursuit of health naturally. At one time, The Janaks had 15 acres certified “organic” by the State of Texas and raised various vegetables and melons that were sold to Whole Foods in Houston. With a passion for human biology and health, Debbie obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing with honors in 1995 and went on to pursue her Master of Science in Nursing specializing in the Family Nurse Practitioner track in 2005. Debbie has over twelve years’ experience as a Registered Nurse and has a background in Operating Room and Emergency Medicine. Upon obtaining her license as Nurse Practitioner, Debbie joined our team at the Hotze Health & Wellness Center in 2007 with a passion for learning and a desire to treat patients from a natural perspective. We are privileged to have Debbie as a valued member of our team! Debbie and Mack have been married for 27 years and continue to maintain their farm. Her absolute joy is in spending time with her family and with her history, it comes as no surprise that Debbie is an avid gardener and views working in her garden as “therapy for her soul”. For fun, Debbie also enjoys traveling and often ends up in the tropics where she spends time snorkeling.

Amber Littler, PAC

Amber Littler, P.A.-C

Amber Littler joined Hotze Health & Wellness Center’s (HHWC) medical team as a physician assistant in February of 2012.

Prior to joining HHWC, Amber practiced in the cardiology and general medicine industry for eight years, including time at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Amber then lived in the UK for 6 years where she worked for Astra Zeneca for nearly three years before returning to Houston and joining HHWC. After working in the pharmaceutical industry, Amber feels fortunate to have the opportunity to practice natural approaches to health, rather than merely masking a patient’s symptoms with dangerous drugs.

Amber studied Chemical Engineering and Microbiology at The University of Oklahoma. Amber also received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physician Assistant from The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

Amber and her husband, Jack, are the proud parents of their son, Max. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, sewing, quilting, knitting and scrapbooking.

Angelica Clark, PAC

Angelica Clark, P.A.-C

Angelica Clark draws upon 6 years of experience in the health care industry as a physician assistant where she practiced nutritional counseling, weight management, and chronic disease management. She is trained in the allopathic medical model and has experience and a special interest in Integrative/Functional medicine. Her most recent medical experience has been in weight management and wellness at the Crouch Clinic in Hamilton, Texas and Primary Care/Family Medicine at the Hamilton Rural Health Clinic. She has a passion for wellness, health promotion and disease prevention.

Angelica is from Brazil and moved to the United States in 2003. She is trilingual: she speaks Portuguese, Spanish, and English. Angelica holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physician Assistant from Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, Virginia, and a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from UNIBH in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

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