Meet Our Celiac Center Team
Our Celiac Center team includes experts in gastroenterology, nutrition, allergy, hepatology (liver), bone health, endocrinology (hormones and glands), dermatology (skin), and reproductive medicine (fertility). Together we focus on the complications of celiac disease, coordinating the latest in diagnostics, treatment and research.
Celiac Center Physicians
Clinical Research Director/Gastroenterology
Celiac Center Dietitians
Melinda Dennis, MS, RD, LDN
Nutrition Coordinator/Registered Dietitian
Melinda Dennis is a registered dietitian at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center who specializes in counseling patients with celiac disease and gluten-related disorders. She was diagnosed with celiac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis in 1992.
Melinda is the founder, former chairperson and co-newsletter editor of the National Celiac Association (formerly the New England Celiac Organization) and serves as their Nutrition Advisor. She has served on the Executive Council of the North American Society for the Study of Celiac Disease, acts as a contributing author to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and lectures nationally and internationally on celiac disease and gluten-related disorders. She has authored several journal articles on the nutritional management of celiac disease, and co-wrote the award-winning book Real Life with Celiac Disease: Troubleshooting and Thriving Gluten Free with Dr. Daniel Leffler.
Elisabeth Moore, RD
Elisabeth Moore is a registered dietitian at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center who specializes in gastrointestinal issues, including celiac disease and food intolerances.
She works closely with the dietitians and gastroenterologists in the Celiac Center and within BIDMC to provide education on specialized diets.
Laurie A. Higgins, MS, RD, LDN, CDE
Registered Dietitian, Joslin Diabetes Center
Laurie is the Coordinator of Pediatric Nutrition Education & Research working in the Pediatric, Adolescent and Young Adult Section at Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, MA. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor in Science, and Framingham State College with a Master of Science in Food and Nutrition: Human Nutrition - Education and Media Technologies. Laurie completed her dietetic internship at Harper-Grace Hospital in Detroit, Michigan and worked at the Harvard affiliated, Children’s Hospital, in Boston, Massachusetts for 18 years before moving to The Joslin Diabetes Center. Her expertise includes nutritional management of diabetes, celiac disease, gastrointestinal diseases and food allergies.
Laurie was instrumental in the establishment and coordination of the Celiac Support Group at Children’s Hospital. She is currently on the boards of the National Celiac Association (NCA) and the Diabetes Educators Educating Massachusetts, a Local Networking Group of AADE.