It is wonderful to have hope and enthusiasm for life. It is even more wonderful when you have known what it is like to be without hope.

In June, I had been struggling with severe symptoms of menopause for several years; painful joints, pelvic pain, difficulty sleeping, low pulse, weight gain and depression. I was searching for answers.

While flying home from visiting family, I was intrigued by an article about the Hotze Health & Wellness Center in the airline magazine. The visit had been a difficult time for me, knowing that my emotional state of jangled nerves and crying outbursts had really upset my family. Since age 13, I had struggled with severe PMS and painful cramps. Now at age 53, I felt I was experiencing PMS every single day. I took the magazine home with me that day, but it was many months later that I seriously considered calling HHWC.

A few months later, I went to my regular medical office for a routine exam and mammogram. I was told that I had developed an ovarian cyst, uterine fibroid tumor, and elevated cholesterol. The doctor did not suggest any kind of treatment. I wondered, “Was it possible that these new problems were connected with all of the symptoms of menopause?” I felt my physical health was deteriorating at a rapidly increasing rate. It was at this lowest point when I remembered the article from Hotze Health & Wellness Center. Knowing I had no other options left to try, I decided to find out what, if any, help they could offer to someone like me.

During the first of many calls, I learned that I was not alone in my experiences and that for 17 years the HHWC had helped many women dealing with the same kinds of symptoms as I had. The phone counselor, Nickie, listened and then patiently and knowledgeably addressed all of my questions and concerns. She sent me a packet of information and suggested that I take the tests in the booklet. For the first time, I began to realize how much the difficulties I experienced not only affected me physically but also caused feelings of failure, helplessness and guilt. I actually thought I wasn’t trying hard enough to make myself get better.

Finally, I made an appointment with the HHWC in Houston, Texas.  I had nothing to lose and everything to gain.

In April 2005, I flew to Houston and began a journey back to health.  Nickie was there to greet me at the door on my arrival at the center and later, I went through the testing, exam and consultations. It was so wonderful to finally have nurses and doctors who understood my concerns and could determine the cause and treatment of my symptoms.

Later that afternoon, I walked out of the HHWC, arms laden with information, my vitamin and supplement program, and my bio-identical hormone replacement prescriptions. I was really encouraged. Dr. Ellsworth had correctly diagnosed the cause of my symptoms as hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue and deficient levels of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. He also said I had probably been estrogen-dominant for most of my earlier years which had caused so many problems. With the onset of menopause, hormonal imbalances became even more severe. Within days of starting the all bio-identical program; thyroid, cortisol, estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone, I noticed a marked improvement both mentally and physically.

In November the next year, I talked to Dr. Ellsworth by phone, and when he asked me how I would evaluate my experience with the program he prescribed for me, I told him the results have far exceeded my greatest expectations. My husband has been so happy for me, knowing how much I suffered for so long and how much I have improved. It is actually hard to remember what it was like on those really bad days before I received so much help.

Recently, I was offered a teaching position, and I now teach art classes for kindergarten through 3rd grade students at a large private school. I teach 18 classes totaling about 400 students each week, love to exercise and walk and have lots of energy, I have been told I look and have the stamina of ladies much younger. (I just turned 55)  My family has noticed I am much more positive and relaxed than I was just a year ago. I have no more symptoms of hot flashes, joint pain, night sweats, depression or mood swings. I have experienced absolutely no negative effects from the hormones or vitamins. I take no medication other than the bio-identical hormones, thyroid and vitamins as prescribed by Dr. Ellsworth. My cholesterol level has decreased, and my energy is increased. I sleep restfully and wake refreshed and alert. I know if I have any questions or concerns, I can call HHWC anytime and the staff will be readily available to talk with me.

The best thing I would say to someone who is really struggling with the symptoms of menopause is to look at me and see a walking testimony of what proper diagnosis and safe, effective treatment can do. I am thankful that I made a decision for better health and an improved quality of life through bio-identical compounded hormones and an effective vitamin regimen.

Are you experiencing the symptoms of menopause? Don’t wait, contact us today!


AboutHotze Health & Wellness Center

Since 1989, Hotze Health & Wellness Center has helped over 33,000 patients get their lives back using bioidentical hormones that restore hormones to optimal levels, strengthen immune systems, and increase energy levels. Our treatment regimen addresses the root cause of hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue, menopause, perimenopause, low testosterone, allergies, and candida.

Led by best-selling author, radio host and leading natural health expert, Steven F. Hotze, M.D., our medical team has over 100 years’ combined medical experience backed by a staff of nearly 100 caring professionals who provide an environment of hope and extraordinary hospitality for each of our patients, who we call our guests. It is our deepest desire to help you obtain and maintain health and wellness naturally so that you may enjoy a better quality of life, pure and simple.



Do you want to live a healthy, happy, purpose-driven life? Do you want to restore your health so that your loss of energy, weight gain, joint pain, depression and lack of drive or motivation won’t hold you back from achieving your personal and professional goals?

Dr. Steven Hotze wants that for you, too. In fact, in his powerful and passionate video entitled, “What I Believe”, Dr. Hotze shares how his Christian worldview and pivotal experiences have ignited a deep desire to offer the message of hope and optimal health to all who need to hear it.

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Elizabeth C.

"At 36, I felt like I was 90 – exhausted, depressed, and cold all the time, and now I have a life of energy, focus, restored libido, and a renewed desire to be present with my family!”

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Pam White
Pam White
At Hotze Health and Wellness YOU can truly find restoration of your health and vibrant life! You will find the most caring and effective healthcare available! Don't hesitate call them today!!!
Ron Guidry
Ron Guidry
Doctors are not the final authority in our journey of achieving/maintaining health and wellness but having a good team of doctors in your support and guidance community is not only helpful it is wise and also essential. The team and staff at Hotze Health and Wellness are health professionals that you can trust to help you navigate all the misinformation that may be keeping you separated from your optimal level of health.
Caral Reeves
Caral Reeves
Hotze Beauty is a first class facility! Extreme level of professionalism , knowledge & genuine care❤️‍🩹
Julie Hryszko
Julie Hryszko
I’ve been a guest at this facility for 15 years. They are the most efficient, thorough and caring group of individuals I’ve ever experienced. Dr Hotze looks to change the way a typical doctor treats patients and looks for root causes to eliminate medical issues instead of treating “symptoms”. My life has improved 100% since my initial visit. The cost of the treatments are worth it.
Shavon Sisson
Shavon Sisson
Always a great experience dealing with everyone at Hotze Heath and Wellness! Everyone is kind and helpful.
Kori Misson
Kori Misson
I cannot accurately describe in words how I feel about this practice and the entire staff. I have had quite a few health issues throughout the years, rheumatoid arthritis, sjogrens, weight gain, hair loss, irritability, and that is just the beginning. I had pretty much given up on feeling good, just decided to "live with it" and hope for the best. Two very close friends love the Hotze Wellness Clinic and they have experienced life changing health. Made my appointment and from the beginning I felt heard. Not a in and out fast food style practice. They are looked and are looking at my entire body for overall health and wellness. Connections from mind and body to clinical blood work, even dental questions....they care and I feel as if I can trust them. I am on a path to complete wellness and my goal is to have my RA back in remission as it once was....make yourself a priority. Having hope is an incredible feeling!