Come Enjoy Every Delicious Bite...
 Charlotte Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event

April 2, 2016
10 am - 4 pm

Oasis Shriner Auditorium

604 Doug Mayes Place
Charlotte, NC 28262

$10 per Adult 
Children under 13 are FREE to enter
$8 Military or Senior with ID (only at door)


    Bruce Homstead MS, RDN, LDN, AFMCP
   President, Board of Directors, Celiac Support Association
Graduate of Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, minor in Food Facility Engineering.  Chef, baker, manager of several large and small restaurants, Director of Food and Nutrition Services for hospitals and nursing homes.

Masters of Science in Bio/Nutrition, University of Bridgeport.  
Working on PhD in Exercise Physiology, UCONN, 44 credits completed 
Certified in Applied Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice 
Licensed Dietitian and Nutritionist, Registered Dietitian 
Dietitian/Nutritionist for U.S. Biathlon Team for eight years
Private Clinical Nutrition Practice

Areas of interest include gluten sensitivity/celiac disease, thyroid disease, weight management, sports nutrition, nutrition for seniors, gender issues, autism spectrum disorders, wellness issues. 
Clients include:  Restaurants, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, pre-school facilities, groups and teams, professional and world class athletes, individual clients. 
Contact information:

 Raquel Durban

Raquel Durban, MS, RD, LDN is the director of the Food Allergy Institute of Charlotte, specializing in nutrition related to immediate and delayed food allergies. Additionally, she is a member of the eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders and adverse reactions to foods committee for the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology (AAAAI), and a medical advisor for the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Connection Team. To further the role of dietitians, Raquel hosts a clinic site for dietetic interns and created a Facebook support group for regional patients with eosinophilic disorders.
To contact Raquel, please call the Food Allergy Institute of Charlotte at 704-341-9600

Beth is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, board certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, and received her training through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She focuses on helping people achieve optimal wellness through a whole body approach; emphasizing the importance of not only diet, but other factors such as: physical activity, personal relationships, career, emotional wellness, positive lifestyle and mindset and the use of natural therapies.

Beth’s goal is to educate and empower people to make positive lifestyle choices that will lead to more energy, less stress and a stronger, happier body, mind and spirit.

Dr. Akiba Green is widely recognized as a leader in the non-drug treatment of chronic and autoimmune conditions in the Charlotte region.  His clinic, Lake Norman Health and Wellness, is the only health clinic in the Charlotte region that combines Functional Medicine, Brain Based Neurological Therapy or Functional Neurology and Advanced Metabolic Testing for Chronic Conditions under one roof.  Lake Norman Health & Wellness takes the physical medicine of chiropractic care and couples it with the most cutting edge knowledge of functional neurology, clinical nutrition and integrative medicine. 

Dr. Green is board certified in Integrative Medicine, fellowship trained in Integrative Cancer Therapy, board eligible as a Clinical Nutritionist and ensures that his clinics have always been on the cutting edge of the health care industry. Currently, he devotes his practice to treating chronic pain and metabolic disorders.

The Gluten & Grain Free Gourmet supports delicious eating that is gluten, grain, soy, and poultry free. Jen Cuevas experienced her own journey to wellness by eating this way, and desires to share the message that life can still be delicious!
Just a few short years ago, Jen was ill with a multitude of issues (although not typical “Celiac” symptoms), including high cholesterol, pre-diabetes, sudden weight gain [over 60 pounds], Hashimoto’s, and arthritis (read more of her story here). After more than seven frustrating visits with various doctors, she finally learned about her gluten sensitivity and Celiac disease. In becoming well, she found that life without gluten was really great from a health perspective, but affected everything else that had a social factor.

In the time since her diagnosis, Jen has spent a lot of time learning. She was treated by Dr. Glen Aukerman (author: Better Health in 120 days) and attended all of his classes to understand the medical aspect of how various foods affect gluten sensitivity. After further health issues inspired her to do more research, Jen went completely grain and soy free in 2012, and became a certified coach under the direction of Gluten Free Society. She uses her own health journey to coach and inspire others to consider dietary changes as a way to achieve optimum health. In 2013 she established a support group, and found that food availability continued to be the biggest barrier to success. She began developing food products that support a grain-free, soy-free and even dairy-free lifestyle; many items are allergy-friendly and are free of refined sugars. She also offers allergen-free Communion to churches, raising awareness about the effects of gluten exposure.

Mary Herrington

Mary Herrington is a self-educated expert on the gluten free lifestyle. She began her journey into the gluten free lifestyle in 2009 due to complicated digestive issues. This self-education has lead her to open the first gluten free bakery in Fairfield, County Connecticut, an in-home gluten free meal delivery service and a gluten free, Paleo and vegetarian option menu planning service. She has been featured in Delight Gluten Free and Paleo Magazine. Mary has also written 2 cookbooks: "For the Love of Food" and "Low Nickel Thanksgiving Recipes." Mary is currently working on her third cookbook: "In The Kitchen With Mary & Family, every day low nickel recipes," which features her tried and trusted gluten free recipes reworked to feature low-nickel foods. In a world where gluten free has become a known entity, Mary hopes to become the pioneer in the world of low-nickel education.


Stay tuned to our page for announcements on Speakers & Presentations

Please contact our Event Coordinator,
Nikki Everett, for more information on being a Vendor/Sponsor or Attendee
or 704-804-4090