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Established in 1995, 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.





Steve Hines, N.D. N.E.


At the age of 17, Steve was the youngest employee of Xerox Corporation in the world as an electronics technician for digital controls and electromagnetic systems.  At the time, he had no idea how his training in electronics and magnetism would serve as a foundation for his in-depth understanding of cellular communication and intercellular exchange.


As a Naturopathic Doctor and a Naturopathic Endocrinologist, Steve Hines uses his 25+ years of experience to analyze your current health condition to look for sources of ailments rather than simply treating your symptoms. 


Specializing in the analysis of:


      +  Allergies

      +  Cancer

      +  Gastro-intestinal

      +  Hormonal Imbalances

      +  Lupus / Fibromyalgia / Chronic Fatigue

      +  Lyme Disease


Steve reviews your health history and current labs, medications and supplements; but equally as important, he conducts an in-depth interview and listens to you to help direct you to the best conventional or alternative therapies available to improve your health condition. Hope Wellness Center works closely with you and your primary care physician to provide a team approach for the coordination of your care.


  • 2006 - Hemex Hematology School of Coagulopathies

  • 2005 - Natural Treatment of Lyme and Lyme related Diseases - Seattle, WA

  • 2005 - International Institute of Endocrine Research – San Diego, CA

    • Degree in Naturopathic Endocrinology

  • 2004 - Nutrition in Medicine  - Jonathan Wright

  • 1997 - Herbal Healer Academy

    • Doctor of Naturopathy

  • 1996 - Herbal Healer Academy

    • Master Herbalist


Elio Martin Rivera Celaya, M.D.


Dr. Rivera is a conventionally-trained medical physician with more than 30 years of clinical experience. During the past 20 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.

How are we different?


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.

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.

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