Gluten Intolerance Group of North Texas

Branch Leadership Team

Betty Barfield, Branch Manager
Kathy Enos, Co-Manager
David Kline, Treasurer
Linda Kline, Secretary
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Who is Gluten Intolerance Group of North Texas?

Gluten Intolerance Group of North Texas is a branch of The Gluten Intolerance Group of North America, also known as GIGNA, and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Our mission is to increase awareness by providing current, accurate, information and education, as well as support to persons with gluten intolerance diseases, such as celiac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis, their families, health care professionals and the general public in the Greater North Texas area.

Meetings and Events


Date:   Saturday, January 5th

Time:  10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Support Group Meeting

            10:00 AM GF 101 Class

Place:             The Hills Church, 6300 NE Loop 820, N. Richland Hills, TX 76180 (for directions and map to the church, click here)

Click here for a map of the church.


GF 101 Class meets in either room 217 or 218 Support Group Meeting is in room 214/216

At our January 5 meeting, we will have the honor of presenting Sara Vollmer from North Dakota. Her talk is entitled, “I’m a Delicate Flower”. After hearing her story, you will understand why she has named her talk as such. Sara was diagnosed as an 11 month old child with Celiac Disease and her parents were told she would grow out of it. So, she was back on regular food, but sick most of her life. She began searching for answers at 27 years old and 3 years later was finally diagnosed with Dermatitis Herpetiformis in April 2007.

I heard her speak at the national GIG conference last June in Seattle and she was wonderful. I told (as many others did) that she should become a “stand-up comic”. She is just a funny funny person with a very serious topic. Her story is very compelling. She is also the co-manager of the GIG support group in Fargo, ND. She also works at the GIG national conferences in the technology area. I think you’ll really enjoy her and go away laughing.


Gluten Free 101 Class

If you are newly diagnosed with any condition that needs to follow a gluten-free diet, we highly recommend coming to our monthly class ‘Gluten Free 101 – An introduction to Living Gluten Free’. This class meets across the hall from our regular monthly meetings and will give you a good foundation. The class starts at 10:00 am (in a separate room) and ends around noon. Snacks and water will be served. A resource table is available afterward where you can preview many books and other items to help you on your journey. This class is free, but registration is required. Registration is open to patients, family members, and medical professionals.