About the Celiac Support Group

Welcome to Celiac Support Group! Everyone with a gluten-related disorder needs support. Formed as a California non-profit public benefit corporation, Celiac Support Group is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) public charity.  

The mission of Celiac Support Group is:  To maximize quality of life and health for those affected by Celiac Disease, Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity, Dermatitis Herpetiformis, Gluten Ataxia, and other gluten-related disorders.

We hope that with Celiac Support Group you will

  • gain information on diagnosis, treatment, coping strategies, latest developments…
  • gain control and become empowered…
  • have fun in a judgment-free environment…and
  • benefit from research findings that peer support groups improve symptoms, self-esteem,   interpersonal relationships, mastery, motivation, quality of life, and life satisfaction.
To learn more, check out our website information, Events, and Join Our Group pages, and/or subscribe to our monthly newsletter (column to your left) to keep current. 

Board of Directors

Bob Vogel
President, 2018

Melanie Weir
Secretary-Treasurer 2018

Heather Scott

Jessica Denning

Laurie Willson

Physician Advisors

Mark Holthouse
MD, Physician Advisor

Certified Specialist in Integrative Medicine
Certified in Family Medicine
Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner
Assistant Professor of Medicine at Loma Linda University Medical Center
Teaching Faculty, Institute for Functional Medicine


Valentina Medici
MD, Physician Advisor

Specialties: Gastroenterology & Hepatology;
Associate Professor, Internal Medicine,
UC Davis Medical School


Charles Halsted
MD, Physician Advisor Emeritus

Retired Gastroenterologist and Professor
Emeritus, Internal Medicine & Nutrition,
UC Davis Medical School