St. Louis MO Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event 2014

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St. Louis Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event

May 31, 2014
10 am - 3 pm

8352 Watson Rd.
St. Louis, MO

$10 per Adult 
Children are FREE to enter

Admission includes all food samples and 
educational presentations


A south county native, Vicki attended St. Catherine Laboure grade school, Lindbergh High School and was the first member of her family to attend college. The daughter of a Vietnam veteran and a Transportation Department employee, Vicki worked hard to pay her own way through college and graduated with a combined Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts Degree in Political Science from The American University in Washington, D.C.

Debbie was diagnosed with celiac disease in September of 2000. She then founded the Belleville (Illinois) Area Celiac Support Group within a year and later joined forces with a St. Louis based group to help co-found the Bi-State Celiac Support Group,

As the mom of three wonderful young adults and as a teacher who has worked in early childhood classrooms for over ten years, Debbie is passionate about testing of children who may have health issues related to undiagnosed celiac, and has empathy for children who must face the dietary challenges that come with the need to adhere to a 100% gluten free diet. Debbie hopes to help ease this path for both parents and children with Adam's Gluten Free Surprise.

Director Event Coordination GF/AF Wellness Events & Chapter Leader of R.O.C.K. (Raising Our Celiac Kids). Nikki uses her vast knowledge as an advocate for the gluten/allergen free community on behalf of her daughter who was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2008. She recognized her daughter's grief process through her support group background as a teenager.

Nikki's mother became a regional leader for Compassionate Friends, a national support group for bereaved families, when Nikki was only 11 years old. She went on to become a youth peer support group leader by 14 years of age. Her presentation to the NC State Board of Education helped open the door for peer support groups throughout Middle and High Schools across the state. Nikki carried on this legacy as an adult by chartering R.O.C.K. (Raising Our Celiac Kids) for Charlotte, NC in 2009. 

Sema is only 16, articulate, artistic, and passionate about raising awareness. She lives in St. Louis and is a National Foundation of Celiac Awareness featured Gluten Free blogger. ‘Eat Without Gluten’ is featured on the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness’ webpage, and her gluten free cartoon movie ‘Draw my life’ on YouTube has been featured in many countries, from Ireland to Australia. The blog is written to provide positive, practical, educational and insightful information on the gluten-free diet. Sema is one of the first gluten-free teen bloggers both in the United States and worldwide.

Shelia Moton is a Psoriasis & Psoriatic Patient Advocate for Abbvie. She has been in the social service field for over 10 years. She received her LMSW from Mississippi Valley State University. She spent most of her career as a supervisor in the non-profit sector, there, Shelia decided it was time for a change of scenery (and outreach) and moved to direct patient interaction. In addition to doing community education, Shelia is a regular contributor to working with disadvantaged youth and an enthusiastic Grizzles fan.

Pam was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in January 2011 after struggling for fifteen years with symptoms. She is a working wife and mom to three young kids. Her blog, I'm A Celiac, provides simple Gluten Free recipes with common ingredients, product reviews, restaurant reviews, and giveaways. Pam also authored a cookbook, Family Approved Gluten Free Recipes. Every week she will post a weekly menu to help you feed your family safe meals.

Rachel Fasnacht, and her husband, Matt started Family Friendly Farm with grassfed beef, pastured pork, pasture-raised chicken and eggs from pastured hens in 2004 looking for better quality meats. They added 100% grassfed milk in 2008, just in time to save Rachel from her life-threatening corn allergy and Celiac’s disease.

During the search for healing via nutrition, they discovered Dr. Weston Price, Autoimmune Paleo, GAPS and Wahl’s diets. Rachel became a health coach encouraging others as they incorporate these diets to recover from their many ailments using nutrition.

In 2013, Matt’s leg was saved using essential oils after a brown recluse spider bite and a new passion was kindled. In addition to their farm, they have become advocates of essential oils since they are gluten-free, allergy-free medication replacers. Rachel teaches how to use them in weekly Medicine Cabinet Makeover classes at the farm, online at Family Friendly Farmacy, and via phone conferences.

They deliver meat, eggs and milk to four locations biweekly in and around St. Louis and have an on-farm store in Cape Girardeau, MO.

As an adult with health issues, Tiffany learned she was gluten and lactose intolerant. This turned her life upside down. Not knowing where to start she found pre-made gluten free items overpriced and she still wanted to eat family favorites. Experimenting in the kitchen began with research and practice. Tiffany can now turn any desirable recipe into gluten and dairy free, without sacrificing the taste. 

Tiffany started blogging in June of 2010, while going through treatments for infertility. Like many others; she struggled to talk about her experience, leading to an online journal for sharing emotions and heart. Following the birth of her first child she
began to share gluten free substitutes for her favorite family recipes on her blog After three children in just three years, gluten free cooking has become a necessity. Discovering she was not alone in the challenge to feed a gluten free family, opened the path to writing Gluten Free Mom Certified. She creates and shares GF recipes each week on her blog to help GF mothers meet the challenge of GF cooking.

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