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.

Original copies are sold out but you can purchase second-hand copies on

Dietitians can order the book through It also comes with a CEU-credited exam. 

2016 Gluten-Free Lectures & Trainings

Decoding the Gluten-Free Diet: Advanced Training for Dietitians and Nutritionists
with Anne Roland Lee, EdD, RDN and Melinda Dennis, MS, RDN
Saturday June 4, 2016
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, MN

Join Anne Lee, Nutrition Service Manager for Schar, and me for a 4-hour intensive on the gluten-free diet for nutrition professionals.


3 CEUs, snacks and samples
Hosted by Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest and Sponsored by Schar
To register:

Click on the links below to see photos from my 2 recent gluten-free retreats.

Gluten-Free Wellness Retreat in Santa Barbara, CA 

Gluten-Free Wellness Retreat in Intervale, NH

Email: to receive notices of upcoming retreats and lectures.

Companies I've Worked with since January 2012

Workshops/Retreats          Consulting                Webinars              
Andean Dream                    Bay State Milling        NFCA
Attune          Cohere Health Tech
Breads from Anna                Kettle Cuisine
Cabot Cheese                    Tasterie        
Crunchmaster       DSW
Celiac Support Assoc.  Udi's                        
Deanna's Gluten Free   Huron Consulting
Delight Gluten-Free           .
Dr. Doherty's Vitamins
Growing Naturals
Hail Merry
Living Without
Lovely Lady
Mary's Gone Crackers
Pioneer Nutritionals
Prep Dish
Transformation Enzymes

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

Clinical Lectures

Thriving Gluten Free - CSA San Diego Chapter
January 31, 2015
Encinitas, CA

​Maximizing Health and Wellness on the Gluten Free Diet
March 7-9, 2014
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Carlsbad, CA

Intensive Dietitian Training: Celiac Disease and the Gluten-Free Diet: Current Practices for Dietitians
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Carlsbad, CA

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

GF/Allergen Free ExpoSan Francisco, CA - February 9, 2013

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital - RD Training  - January 26, 2013

New Hampshire Dietetics and Health Care Communities - November 8, 2012

Maine Dietetic Association, Saturday, June 2, 2012

ECHO Expo Gluten/Allergen Free Expo  - Saturday, March 24
St. Pete/Tampa

Celiac Disease Foundation Annual Conference & Food Faire  Saturday, April 28, 2012
Hilton Hotel, Universal City

ECHO Gluten/Allergen Free Expo - Saturday, May 5, 2012
Charleston, SC

14th Annual Coeliac Disease Conference, Oslo, Norway - June 20-22, 2011

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

Framingham Union Hospital - March 3, 2010
Lecture to hospital dietitian group

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

1-2-3 Helping Patients Go Gluten Free - May 4, 2010
Lecture at Digestive Disease Week Annual Conference
New Orleans, LA

ADA Evidence Analysis Guidelines and Labeling Laws - June ,5 2010
GIG Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN

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

Sunday, September 13
Southern New Hampshire Celiac Support Association

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
Florida Celiac Support Group, Del Ray FLA

Thursday, November 12 
Hadassah Jewish Women's Organization, Acton MA

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

Southeastern Massachusetts Dietetic Association: Nutritional Considerations in Celiac Disease, Oct 2007

Institute of Food Technology: National Webcast expert panelist - The Quest to Define and Develop Gluten Free on Demand, June 28, 2007

XII International Symposium on Celiac Disease: Gluten in Medications and Supplements: Is there cause for concern? Columbia University Celiac Center, November 2006

Stanford University Annual Celiac Conference, Stanford, CA: Gluten-Free: Where do I go from here? September 2006.

Western Massachusetts Dietetic Assoc. Annual Meeting: Springfield MA: Solving the Gluten Puzzle May 2006

Tri–Counties Dietetic Association, Ventura, CA: Celiac Disease: A Gut Reaction Feb 2006

Harvard Medical School Longwood Rounds: Celiac Disease: A New Epidemic? Feb 2006

CSA/USA, Inc. Annual Celiac Conference: Nutritional Considerations on the Gluten-Free Diet, Sept 2005

Columbia University Celiac Center: Nutritional Management of Celiac Disease, Traveling/Dining on the Gluten-Free Diet, Oct 2004

American College of Nutrition: Celiac Disease: Nutritional Management with the Gluten-Free Diet, Oct 2004

ADA National Conference, Anaheim, CA: Living with the Gluten-Free Diet, Oct 2004

ADA Delaware Dietetic Association: Teaching the Gluten-Free Diet: A Review for Dietitians, May 2004
Whole Foods Markets, MA: Gluten-Free Diet, Low Fat/High Fiber, Low Sodium” Lectures, Nov ‘02 - present
Whole Foods Markets, MA: Gluten-Free Diet, Low Fat/High Fiber, Low Sodium” Lectures, Nov ‘02 - present

Southeastern Massachusetts Dietetics Association, November 2001

MDA Poster Session: "A Knowledge Assessment of RDs of Celiac Disease in Massachusetts", March 2000

Nutrition Master's Thesis: "Celiac Disease- A Clinical & Nutritional Review" workshop (Project (1 CEU)

Boston Nutrition Group, November 1999; Healthy Villi Quarterly Meeting, October 1999

Simmons College Medical Nutrition Therapy class, Clinical Counseling class, April 1999, Feb/Mar 2000

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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