Advisory Board

Our Professional Advisory Board is made up of medical professionals as well as registered dietitians who are active in research and treatment of celiac disease. They are responsible for initiating research as well as vetting research performed by others.

Dr. Justine Turner

Dr. Justine Turner is a pediatric gastroenterologist and Associate Professor at the University of Alberta. Dr Turner is originally from Perth, Western Australia, where she completed her General Pediatrics training in 1996. She followed this with 7 years of sub-specialty training in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, including a 2 year Fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children, and 6 years of nutrition related research training, with completion of a PhD in Clinical Nutrition in 2006. Dr. Turner’s research interests include infant and adolescent nutrition, the effect of chronic gastrointestinal diseases on nutrition, specifically bone accrual, and intestinal failure secondary to neonatal short bowel syndrome. She is the medical lead for the Multidisciplinary Pediatric Celiac Disease Clinic and the Pediatric Home Nutrition Support Program at Stollery Children’s Hospital Edmonton. She is currently Vice Chair of the Research Committee for the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. She is a founding member of the North American Society for the Study of Celiac Disease and is pleased to have been Medical Advisor for the Edmonton Chapter of the Canadian Celiac Association since 2005.

Debbie Pietsch, B.Sc., RD

Debbie Pietsch is a registered dietitian. Debbie completed her B.Sc. at the University of Alberta and has spent over 20 years working in the Health Care Industry as a Dietitian in Hospital and School Communities.  In addition, Debbie worked in the pharmaceutical industry working closely with the full medical care team. Currently Debbie works between the University and a private practice. Debbie’s private practice (Eaters Digest Nutritional Counselling) is specialized in helping people with digestive disorders (Irritable and Inflammatory Bowel problems and Celiac Disease).  Debbie loves to cook and spend time developing new recipes, a passion which has been very helpful since being diagnosed with celiac disease 10 years ago. She believe that everyone should be able to enjoy food and still live a healthy lifestyle. Food doesn’t have to be complicated or fussy to be enjoyed but enjoyed it should be!

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