Secaucus, NJ – October 13-14, 2018

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Anne R. Lee, EdD, RDN, LD

Anne Lee is an Instructor of Nutritional Medicine in the Department of Medicine and the Institute for Human Nutrition at Columbia University and the dietitian for the Celiac Disease Center. Anne is involved in patient care, and research.  Her research has resulted in published articles on the effect of a gluten-free diet on the quality of life, the nutritional adequacy of the gluten-free diet, the economic impact of a gluten free diet, and  on the cross contamination of inherently gluten free grains.  She has authored chapters on celiac disease in nutrition textbooks as well as co-authored a chapter in a gastroenterology text.  Anne has developed numerous educational materials on the gluten free diet for patients and both clinical and food service professionals.  Anne has been an Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics member for many years and has reviewed the chapters on celiac disease for the Academy on-line nutrition care manual. She is also a member of the Academy’s Gluten Intolerance Work Group who developed the Gluten Intolerance tool kit and the Certificate of Training for Gluten Related Disorders.

She completed her Doctorate in Nutrition Education at Teachers College of Columbia University.  Her dissertation topic was the impact of social support networks on quality of life in individuals with celiac disease

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Eric Kaplan, DC, DACNB, FACFN

Dr. Eric Kaplan, DC, DACNB, FACFN, FABVR, FABCDD, is a Board Certified Functional Neurologist and Functional Medicine Practitioner. After being in practice for over 12 years and studying the most recent gluten research, he has discovered the best ways to get off gluten without causing cross reactivities and abnormal autoimmunity. Always updated on the latest neuroscience and gluten studies, Dr. Kaplan has learned the most advanced techniques to help with the many gluten health problems that may continue to occur even after quitting gluten.

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Marissa Vicario

“Marissa Vicario, AADP, is an award-winning, board-certified Integrative Health and Nutrition Coach and Author of the best-selling book, Your Holistically Hot Transformation: Embrace a Healthy Lifestyle Free of Dieting, Confusion and Self-Judgment. As a Women’s Health & Lifestyle Expert/Blogger, she teaches women how to trust themselves to make slimming, nutritious, energizing choices without fad diets.

Based in NYC, Marissa shares her own health secrets, get-fit tips and the cooking expertise that has inspired countless women to end their love/hate relationship with food and turbocharge their health in a way that’s fun and fearless. No crazy diets or all-juice cleanses required.

Marissa is a sought-after speaker on health and wellness. She has been featured as a wellness expert on Dr. Oz, Glamour, Entrepreneur, amNY,Fab Fit Fun, Vital Juice, eHow,, Yahoo Health and more. She regularly publishes on her own blog,

Marissa received her nutrition training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP). She has a BS in journalism from Northwestern University and an MA in Marketing from New York University. She has taken cooking classes at the Natural Gourmet Institute and holds a certification in Nutrition for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention from the University of California San Francisco. “

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Melinda Arcara

As the baby or, as her dad nicknamed her, “the Bebe” of ten children, Melinda got through the first forty years of life with lots of family support and love, but she never felt healthy. Suffering from unexplained symptoms (stomach pains, anemia, anxiety, weight fluctuations, gas, joint pain, migraines, infertility, etc.) most of her life, she now sees her gluten intolerance as a “blessing, not a curse.” Bebe learned how to be gluten-free by buying and trying different gluten-free products and figuring out what worked. Now she wants to save you time and money through her 3 Steps to Gluten-Free Living.


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Myron H. Brand, MD

Dr. Brand is currently on the teaching staff at Yale University School of Medicine where he is a Clinical Professor of Medicine. He is the Medical Director of the Yale-Shoreline Endoscopy Center in Guilford, Connecticut. He attended medical school at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine where he graduated in 1972 as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society. He completed his postdoctoral training in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology at Yale in 1977.

Dr. Brand has received the Best Teacher Award by the Yale Gastroenterology section on three occasions. He is a Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology and served three terms as Governor of the college representing Connecticut’s gastroenterologists on state and national issues. While governor, he received the Freshman Governors Award for service to the college. He has been awarded mention in “The Best Doctors in America” database and voted by his peers to Connecticut Magazine’s “Best Doctors” annual award every year from 2011 to date.

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Robert Landolphi

Robert Landolphi is a 1991 graduate of Johnson & Wales University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Culinary Arts and Food Service Management. He also completed a Certified Culinary Arts Instructor program at Central Connecticut State University. Rob has enjoyed a variety of food related occupations including several years as a Wedding Coordinator/Banquet Manager at Glastonbury Hills Country Club, and owner and operator of the Sugar Shack Bakery in Storrs, Connecticut. He currently serves as a Certified Culinary Arts Instructor and Manager of Culinary Development with the University of Connecticut. Rob is a member of The National Association of College and University Food Services, the American Culinary Federation, Slow Food International and the National Restaurant Association. Rob has entertained audiences all the country with his unique cooking style, personality, and down to earth, yet informative demonstrations.

Rob’s media credits include producing and hosting the “Mangia Radio” show, 91.7 FM-WHUS, and writing and hosting the cooking show “Food for the Journey.” He appeared on Food Network’s “How Do You Iron Chef?” promotion program while hosting the University of Connecticut’s Annual Culinary Olympics, and on the new cable food program “Boy Meets Still.” Rob has appeared on CBS “The Early Show” to demonstrate the intricacies of gluten free cooking during their “allergy free cooking” week. Local appearances have also been made on WTNH “Connecticut Style” News, NBC 30 News and the “Better Connecticut” talk show program. He has also been interviewed on numerous “Food Talk” radio programs, including “Everyday Food” on the Martha Stewart Living Satellite Channel, and has shared recipes and industry food trend information with many magazines and newspapers nationally.

Rob is married and has three young sons. He was introduced to the gluten free lifestyle in the year 2000, when after a lengthy illness, his wife was finally diagnosed with celiac disease. Since that time he has made it a personal mission to create and perfect gluten free recipes which will satisfy even the harshest of critics, including those who do not NEED to be wheat and gluten free. He is the author of “Gluten Free Everyday Cookbook”, “Quick Fix Gluten Free Cookbook”, and “Cooking Light” Gluten Free Baking.

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