Not every medical professional is an expert in Celiac Disease. If you’re looking for medical professionals in Michigan who “get it,” you might want to seek out those involved in the Michigan Medicine Celiac Disease Program.
What is “Michigan Medicine?”
This title encompasses medical care thru University of Michigan. They offer services thru many locations. This includes the main hospital in downtown Ann Arbor. However it also includes offices and clinics in Ypsilanti, Chelsea, and even Flint. Michigan Medicine provides medical care for just about any health need.
Where is the Michigan Medicine Celiac Disease Program?
This unique collaborative program doesn’t rely on a central location. Instead, the program functions at various locations in the greater Detroit area. These include the Brighton Center for Specialty Care, Northville, and Dexter. Sites also include U of M’s main hospital and Mott Children’s hospital, both located in An Arbor. Doctors in this program also have privileges in other locations. See a complete list of the Celiac Disease Treatment Locations, here.
Why not have the program completely under one roof? When the program started in 2015, the doctors associated with the program felt multiple locations allowed their patients more accessability. For instance, those from Lansing or Flint can drive into Brighton, versus downtown Ann Arbor. Those who live in Ann Arbor or farther south may find the main campus easier to get to.
What Kind of Doctors Work in the Celiac Disease Program?
Because Celiac Disease primarily affects the intestinal tract, most doctors in this program hold a specialty in gastroenterology. However, this program also includes almost a dozen dietitians who specialize in patients with gastrointestinal disorders. In addition, there is are 2 psychologists in their program, to help people cope with the psycho – social side of living with Celiac Disease.
Pediatric Gastroenterologists that Specialize in Celiac Disease
The Michigan Medicine Celiac Disease Program sees patients young and old. Their pediatric gastroenterologist, Dr. Grace Jennifer Lee, sees patients at Mott Children’s Hospital, but also at other locations, such as Brighton. She also has privliges at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. Dr. Lee also helps children transition to other doctors in the program once they become adults.
Adult Gastroenterologists that Specialize in Celiac Disease
For adults, there are many gastroenterologists who see patients. However, there are two I recommend, who specialize in Celiac Disease. First is Dr Shanti Lynne Eswaran, who gets wonderful reviews from many of my followers. Dr. Ryan Fauble and Dr. Michael Rice also list Celiac Disease as their area of practice. Others have also mentioned Dr. John Del Valle. You can schedule appointments with them at the main campus in Ann Arbor, or at one of their satellite campuses, such as Brighton or Northville.
Why Should I See a Michigan Medicine Celiac Disease Program Dietitian?
For starters, not all dietitians are knowledgeable about Celiac Disease. Dietitians in this GI Program not only help you after your immediate diagnosis, but can also help trouble shoot other persistent symptoms. Amanda Lynett comes highly recommended. Here’s how she offers guidance to her patients.
We are now 100% virtual so no need to drive to a center. I teach a group class to introduce Gluten Free Living to all new Celiac patients. Then we meet 1-on-1 with patients roughly 2-4 weeks later.. From there we decide how frequent we meet. If they have other non-celiac symptoms we can address things like FODMAP, EPI, etc.Amanda Lynett
We must remember that Celiac Disease does not prevent us from other health issues, and gluten may not always be the culprit of our malaise. Staying in touch with a dietitian is helpful as our life changes.
What are the Benefits of Seeing A Gastro Psychologist?
Does your Celiac Disease leave you feeling anxious? Do you find difficulty communicating your needs with friends and family? (Don’t we all?) Dr Megan Riehl explains in her post about the GI Behavioral Therapy department who would benefit from this therapy, and what techniques they use.
What About Those with Non Celiac Gluten Sensitivity?
Doctors in the Michigan Medicine Celiac Disease Program also see patients with non celiac gluten sensitivity. When talking to the main scheduling center, all cases involving Celiac Disease and gluten sensitivity are referred to these doctors. Dr William Chey is highly knowledgeable about the FODMAP diet and IBS/IBD.
How Can I Make an Appointment for Any of these Services?
Right now, all appointments with Celic Disease program medical professionals go through the Michigan Medicine central system. That phone number is 888-229-7408. They will find appointment times that will fit your schedule, and location. However, remember that an appointment location closest to you may not always be the earliest appointment. Make sure to specify that you want an appointment with a gastroenterologist that specializes in Celiac Disease.
Gluten Free Dining in Ann Arbor and Brighton
Looking at traveling to the main hospital in Ann Arbor? Check out my list of Ann Arbor gluten free dining options. Also, University of Michigan dining halls offer fantastic options for students. Visit Tasty Bakery for gluten free baked goods.
If you head to Brighton, you can visit The Village at the Oxford Center for a dedicated gluten free lunch and baked goods. Also make sure to visit No More Belly Aching, just one of many dedicated gluten free bakers in Michigan.
Originally Published May 2020