Hope Wellness Center's Treatment Facility is a small outpatient center located in Ciudad Acuna, Mexico, a few miles across the Texas/Mexico border from Del Rio, Texas. 

Previously known as Hope Clinics International, the name was changed to Hope Wellness Center to accurately describe Hope's mission to improve people's health...


and Spirit!


            Hope was established in 1995 by


Dr. Elio Martin Rivera Celaya, M.D. and         Steven Hines, N.D., N.E.


Dr. Rivera is a conventionally trained medical physician with more than 25 years of clinical experience. During the past 15 years, he has cross-trained into nutritional medicine. Dr. Rivera received his medical degree from the University of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico; and is certified in chelation, oxygen, nutritional and magnet therapy. Dr. Rivera is also a pastor and founder of a non-denominational Christian Fellowship church in Mexico. He has written several bilingual Christian books and is an international speaker. Dr. Rivera has founded several orphanages in Mexico, one of which is next door to the center. His compassion for people is evident throughout his medical practice and ministry.


Steve Hines is a naturopathic doctor, naturopathic endocrinologist, and master herbalist. He has been practicing naturopathy for 15 years, and is currently writing on a book, Gastrointestinal Diseases and co-authored "The Road to Health". Steve has more than 12,000 hours of training in nutritional biochemistry, anatomy, and physiology. His deductive reasoning skills prove invaluable to his patients.
Steve is an accomplished musician, and a humanitarian.



Hope has a unique approach to clinical medicine. Each patient is treated according to his or her individual concerns instead of receiving “cookie cutter” treatment for a particular ailment.  Conventional medicine has given up on most of our patients, but the word “incurable” does not daunt us.  We are not discouraged when some say, “No one has ever gotten well from this disease.”  Our patients routinely recover from life-threatening or supposedly incurable diseases.

Many people do not realize that diseases considered incurable in one country are often successfully treated in another.  For example, Chinese doctors use intravenous garlic extract to successfully treat viral meningitis. German, Russian, and Cuban doctors use intravenous ozone to kill viruses of all types. In England, homeopathic medicine is used in lieu of vaccinations, and is also used to treat psychological disorders.  In Asia, acupuncture is sometimes used as the sole anesthetic during surgery.  Having a global medical perspective is critical for those seeking the very best chance of recovering from a particular ailment. We adhere to that global perspective in the treatment of our patients at Hope.

Hope has no allegiance to any drug company, machine, or latest gadget.  We keep an open mind – but also a scientific filter – to find the best treatments possible for our patients.  Most patients can tell us their exact problem as we listen to them with a trained scientific ear. Statements like, “My headache started right after I got some dental work done,” or “Ever since I started on that high blood pressure medicine, I just can’t sleep,” are key truths we use to determine the root of the problem.

Our core values at Hope Wellness Center are listening to our patients, diligently searching for the latest research on all ailments, and earnestly seeking to find and cure the root of each patient’s problem.




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