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Next meeting with be posted shortly.
7:00 P.M.







Directions to our location
Good Samaritan Hospital (Health & Wellness Center)   
3551 Highland Avenue, Room A&B
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(Enter on 39th street and go to the hospital entrance, and
 follow the signs to the Wellness Center)



Upcoming Events

Potential Topics:

Medical Breakthrough Issues

Open Discussions on cooking, parent panels to discuss experiences and ideas and school situations



If you would like to see a specific topic or speaker please let us know.




Past Events

Rucchi Gupta, M.D. M.P.H. Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feniberg School of Medicine.
Topic: Latest Research Findings. 
Rick Broz, Owner-Culinary Wizard Inc. (http://www.culinarywizardinc.com/  and http://www.harvestbetter.com/ ):
Founded in 1999 by Rick Broz, Culinary Wizard, Inc. is an independent food research company that specializes in rapid product development. With over 30 years’ experience in every area of the food industry including Manufacturing, R&D, and Quality Assurance, Rick has successfully commercialized over five hundred food products in nearly every product category.  

Chris Majors, Quality Assurance Manager – General Mills (http://www.generalmills.com/) :
General Mills, Inc., is a global food manufacturing company with locations around the world.  With brand names such as Cheerios, Betty Crocker, and Pillsbury, General Mills has implemented rigorous food safety programs in order to both protect its consumers as well as those valuable brands.  “Delivering Brands that consumers trust and value” is the mission of the Quality and Regulatory group at GMI.

Robert Brandt (Father of food allergic child and lawyer) and Christine Szychlinski, APN, CPNP, Manager, Bunning Food Allergy Program at Children's Memorial Hospital joined us to share information on the creation of 504 plans

Dr. Sakina Bharani, M.D.  & Dr. Asya Segalene, M.D.- Children with Allergies

Lynn Barry, R.D. - Nutritional Information

Denise Bunning, M.A., M.F.T. - Educating Schools on Food Allergies

Ellen Wolf, R.N., MPH., A.D.N. - Setting up your 504 Plan

Dr. Asya Segalene, M.D. - Environmental Allergies and Oral Allergy Syndrome

More Past Topics

Prospective members are welcome to learn more about us by attending an event.