Donald Ellsworth, M.D.

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.


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