Nutritional Counseling for the Gluten Free Diet & General Health
Melinda Dennis MS, RD, LDN
If you are interested in increasing your exposure to the celiac community by sponsoring my Health Retreats or my clinical lectures around the country, please email me. Thank you.


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Real Life with Celiac Disease is for you if: • You have celiac disease and want to be educated to the fullest about maximizing your health and  minimizing risks• You want to support a friend or family member who has celiac disease• You suspect that you or someone you know may have celiac disease• You want to understand the difference between gluten intolerance and celiac disease• You find the food labeling laws confusing• You are following the gluten-free diet and are still experiencing symptoms• You want to know more about labs, follow-up care, supplements, balancing your diet, and the potential complications
of untreated celiac disease• You are a vegetarian or have diabetes or want to lose weight and maximize your nutritional health• You need ideas for traveling and dining out safely• You are a clinician who needs information now to help the increasing numbers of patients coming to see you with
  concerns about celiac disease

To order:
1. (AGA website)
2. For books in bulk (bulk discounts begin at 6 books), please contact the AGA at 301-941-2627 or

2015 Gluten-Free Classes, Workshops, Lectures & News

Thriving Gluten Free
January 31, 2015
Encinitas, CA
Sponsored by San Diego Celiac Support Association Chapter 57
Registration will open soon

2016 Gluten-Free Classes, Workshops and Lectures

Maximizing Health and Wellness on the Gluten-Free Diet
January 29-31, 2016
Santa Barbara, CA
Center for Spiritual Renewal
Email me if you would like to be put on an early notification list -

Photos and Testimonials from Past Health Wellness Retreats

Photos from Retreat in 2013

Read 2 great blogs from participants from the Feb 1-3, 2013 weekend.

Testimonials from past retreats:
"Gluten and I parted ways several months ago, and my life has improved exponentially since then. I now know that all the increasing aches and pains and inflammatory response symptoms I've lived with for the past two years were caused by my newly-diagnosed gluten intolerance.  What I didn't know was how to navigate this new territory of gluten avoidance.
Attending the workshop held recently at Omega Institute helped me to move beyond my own "I can't..." thinking to all the "I can...." possibilities available to me. Melinda's presentations on the pathology of gluten intolerance and celiac disease, the diagnostic tests available, nutritional supplements, and dining, shopping and traveling tips are invaluable."

"I have recently been diagnosed with celiac disease so the information from Melinda was invaluable. This is not just some new fad diet i am trying; it's now my lifestyle, not one that I choose but a matter of health. I am so grateful for Melinda and was put at ease due to the overwhelming situation I was thrown into. She gave me so much info but in a way I could understand not by reading the info but having it explained in a way that pertained to me."

Maximizing Health and Wellness on the Gluten-Free Diet
March 7-9, 2014
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Carlsbad, CA (just north of San Diego)

Click Here for Weekend Program Summary

Click Here for Photos from the San Diego 2014 Wellness Retreat

Intensive Dietitian Training - 3.5 CEUsCeliac Disease and the Gluten Free Diet: Current Practices for Dietitians
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Carlsbad, CA (north of San Diego)
March 9, 20142:00-6:30pm

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Companies I've Worked with since January 2012
Workshops/Retreats          Consulting                Webinars              
Andean Dream                    Bay State Milling        NFCA
Attune                                Kettle Cuisine
Cabot Cheese                    Tasterie
Crunchmaster       Udi's
Celiac Support Assoc.  DSW                       
Dr. Doherty's Vitamins  Cohere Health Technologies          .
Gluten Not Included 
Growing Naturals
Hail Merry
Pioneer Nutritionals


LA Times - Going Gluten Free- May 2013,0,5338117.story

Today's Dietitian - Fiber Boost - May 2013

NPR San Francisco - Going Gluten Free- December 7, 2012

National Foundation for Celiac AwarenessWebinar on Gluten-Free Diet and Food AllergiesJune 20, 2012 of the Union webinar on celiac disease and gluten sensitivity Dr. Alessio Fasano, Dr. Stefano Guandalini and Melinda Dennis:

A lighter look at celiac disease
(On Your Health or Mine; released May 2011)

July 2011 Celiac Radio, a health and fitness show for people with celiac disease and others following the gluten-free diet.  Visit to listen.   

Thursday, May 26, 2011
Michael Ray Dresser -
Link to file:
(this link will be available until June 8, 2011)

Radio Show – Topic: Everything You Always Wanted to Ask of Celiac Disease Specialists on the Topic of Gluten or Celiac Disease. Dr. Leffler and I were interviewed by radio show host, Tina Turbin, on gluten and celiac disease and shared exciting details about our book...

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Individual Phone Consultations, Cooking Classes, Shopping Tours   and Home Visits for Gluten Free Diet Education
  *One-on-one dietary consultation by phone or in person, cooking classes in your home, and indvidual store tours
  at the store of your choice
  Please call me for more information: 617-851-8643

"My GF educational shopping trip with Melinda was an amazing learning experience that was both fun and informative but also something that was so absolutely necessary for me.  She is so passionate and knowledgable about nutrition and gluten free shopping that my future grocery trips will no longer seem overwhelming to me.  What made this experience like "Christmas" to me is Melinda truly cares to make a difference in one's life and she certainly has done that for me. Thanks so much! "- a patient

One-on-One Dietitian Coaching
Join me for individual coaching on counseling patients on the gluten free diet and lifetstyle. We'll cover lab values, nutrient deficiencies, the diet itself, hidden gluten, controversies, how to use the whole GF grains, how to label-read anywhere, and the best resources for your patients, etc.

"Thank you for such a positive experience.  You provided me with great information I can share with my patients.  I am excited about going to my grocery store here and mapping out a guide that will help GF patients find tasty alternatives.  After talking about all those grains I can’t wait to try them myself. Thank you again for sharing your  incredible wealth of knowledge.  I will put the information to good use."  - Jane, RD from New Hampshire

2014 Clinical Lectures

​Falk Foundation Small Bowel Imaging Conference
September 6, 2014
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Gluten and Allergen Free Wellness Expo
October 5, 2014
Hartford, CT

Future of Medicine Summit
October 10, 2014
Palm Beach, Florida

2013 Clinical Lectures

GF/Allergen Free ExpoSan Francisco, CAFebruary 9, 2013
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital - RD TrainingJanuary 26, 2013

New Hampshire Dietetics and Health Care CommunitiesNovember 8, 2012Maine Dietetic AssociationSaturday, June 2, 2012ECHO Expo Gluten/Allergen Free Expo
Saturday, March 24
St. Pete/Tampa

Celiac Disease Foundation Annual Conference & Food FaireSaturday, April 28
Hilton Hotel, Universal City

ECHO Gluten/Allergen Free ExpoSaturday, May 5, 2012
Charleston, SC

2011 Clinical Lectures
June 20-22 201114th Annual Coeliac Disease Conference, Oslo, Norway

June 30-July 2, 2011GIG Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida

2010 Clinical Lectures
Wednesday, March 3
Framingham Union Hospital
Lecture to hospital dietitian group

Sunday, April 18
Q & A at Healthy Villi Celiac Support Group- 4pm
Wellesley, MA

Tuesday, May 4
1-2-3 Helping Patients Go Gluten Free
Lecture at Digestive Disease Week Annual Conference
New Orleans, LA

Saturday, June 5
ADA Evidence Analysis Guidelines and Labeling Laws
GIG Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN

2009 - Clinical Lectures
Friday, June 5 - Sat, June 6
Annual Gluten Intolerance Group ConferenceClinical and Patient Lectures

Sunday, September 13
Southern New Hampshire Celiac Support Association
Lecture: 12 noon
Sponsored in part by BHUJA, Cream Hill Estates

Saturday, October 3
New England Celiac Conference
Hosted by the Healthy Villi and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Marlboro, MA

Saturday, October 17-19
American Dietetic Association
Pre-FNCE workshop and celiac workshop for clinicians
Denver, CO

Monday, November 9 - evening
Florida Celiac Support Group, Del Ray FLA
Sponsored in part by Pioneer Nutritionals, BHUJA, Cream Hill Estates, and ALBA Therapeutics

Thursday, November 12  6:45pm
Hadassah Jewish Women's Organization, Acton MA
Sponsored in part by Pioneer Nutritionals, BHUJA and Alba Therapeutics

2008 Past Lectures
January 30 - St Anne's Hospital, New Bedford MA
February 3 - Cape Cod Hospital, MA
February 26 - Charlton Memorial Hospital, Fall River MA
February 28 - St. Luke's Hospital, New Bedford MA
March 3 - Florida Celiac Support Group, Del Ray FLA
March 28 - Raising our Celiac Kids, Manchester, NH
April 16 - North Carolina Celiac Support Group
June 21- Northern Virginia Celiac Forum, VA
October 17 - Philadelphia Celiac Support Group, PA
October 19 - Cape Cod Celiac Support Group MA
October 30 - Mass Health Officers Assoc Annual Conference, Springfield MA
November 2 - Southeastern New England Celiac Support Group, Tiverton RI
December 1 - UMass Amherst Dietetic Intern Class, Amherst MA
December 1 - Amherst Local Celiac Support Group, MA
December 2 - Glen Falls Celiac Support Group, NY
December 13 - GIG Alamo Celiac Support Group, TX

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email notices of upcoming classes.

Real Life with Celiac Disease: Troubleshooting and Thriving Gluten Free  (364 pages)Winner of the 2011 Indie Book Awards for Nutrition

by Melinda Dennis, MS, RD, LDN, and Daniel Leffler MD, MS, of the Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and 50 leading experts from around the world is unlike anything published about celiac disease.

Written for patients, this book (364 pages) is also a very useful reference for those who want to learn the intricacies of caring for patients who follow the gluten-free diet.

It covers a myriad of issues, including screening and diagnosis, celiac disease vs. gluten intolerance, labs, complications, associated conditions, nutritional and medical management (supplements, weight gain, probiotics, eating disorders, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, children and teens, nongastrointestinal manifestations), food allergies and intolerances, religious practices and the gluten free diet, dining and travel, advocacy, hospital stays, and more.
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