OK!  OK! I know it is the last day to turn in my story. I promise I will write it today.” That is what I told my number one sister-in-law and friend who have been prodding me for the past two months to write my story.  And do I have a story to tell. Hotze Health and Wellness Center has helped me to reclaim my life. My family and friends see the great changes in my life and I feel the difference.

My downhill spiral began eleven years ago at the young age of forty. I was young, but I felt like an old feeble woman. Some days I hurt so bad that I really did not care if my car went off of a curve and hit a tree.  The weight of guilt smothered me. After all, I kept telling myself, I had a wonderful husband, four beautiful children, a loving family, and many close friends. I should be thankful! What did I have to be depressed about? But when I hurt so badly that I could not even get out of bed, my life seemed anything but wonderful. There was no explanation for my pain, fatigue and depression.

I remember when the symptoms first began. At the age of forty, I was suddenly entering menopause. I had severe hot flashes, night and day. The pain began after the hormone changes. I even had signs of osteoporosis. Soon the pain began to interfere with my sleep. There were times that I just sat in my car with pain so intense that I could not get out to go in to see my doctor.   After many doctor’s visits, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia.  It was a relief to know that something was causing my symptoms. But the diagnosis did not bring an end or a cure. To the contrary, my treatment involved pills—pills to get the day going and pills to sleep, pills for anxiety and depression, pain pills and thyroid pills. I was prescribed one medication after another. You name it, I took it. I felt desperate to get better. I wanted to feel good; at least feel my age. I did find a wonderful family doctor that tried to help me. She sent me to physical therapy for almost a year and the exercise did help some. I lost a little weight but when I stopped going I was right back where I started. She felt that I was chronically depressed and prescribed antidepressants. More guilt…I was depressed!   Who would not be depressed? I was a petite, five foot and three-fourth inch woman who weighed 160lbs. I was wearing a size 16. I could not believe that was me in the mirror. I was told that antidepressants do not cause weight gain, but I am living proof that they do. By May, 2005, I was once again sitting hopelessly in the doctor’s office being put back on antidepressants. I still hurt. I had no energy. I could hardly get off of the couch to take care of my family. I constantly pushed myself to get done what I had to and then collapsed at the end of the day. I felt like no one believed me. It must all be “in my head”.

During these difficult years I did hear about Dr. Hotze and his alternative methods to helping people feel themselves again.  My sister-in-law, whom I fondly refer to as my coach, and a very close friend from church encouraged me to call, but quite frankly I could not afford to go. By June, however, my husband and I made the decision that I had no choice. I could not afford not to go.   I had to do something. I made an appointment at the Hotze Health & Wellness Center, and was determined to do everything I was told to do. Someone had to help me. I could not imagine my life going on the way it had the past eleven years.

My treatment began with an extensive medical history, followed by a physical which included blood work, an EKG and a bone density scan. These doctors listened to me and did not make me feel like I was wasting their time. They helped me to realize that my symptoms were real and treatments were available to cure my condition. Their aim was to first rid my body of harmful growths such as yeast that cause inflammatory type diseases such as fibromyalgia. Second was to replace what was missing in my body—no, not antidepressants, but natural bio-identical hormones and vitamin and mineral supplementation. Yes, I have changed my eating habits and my lifestyle. But I no longer depend on medications to treat my illness. I am giving my body what it lacks and needs.

Well, now I am a size 4. Yes I said size 4! I weigh only 115lbs and my goal weight is 110. I am a changed woman! I feel great, and I no longer suffer with extreme pain and depression. My family no longer hears me complaining about how badly I feel. My husband of thirty three years tells me how wonderful I look and how proud he is of me. I think I am more fun to be around. My children and nieces and nephews call me “Hot”. What a compliment. I run my own company; I volunteer at my youngest daughters’ high school and spend quality time with my family and friends. People don’t want to hear about how bad you feel but how happy you are. Due to hard work, determination, and the Hotze staff who offered me choices for a healthy lifestyle, I can honestly say that I have my life back and I am happy! I am forever grateful.

Can you relate to Deborah’s symptoms? Contact us today so that we can help you get your life back.


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!