Erin Smith

Patient Leader

Erin Smith was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1981 and has been eating gluten-free ever since. She is a true pioneer for the celiac community. Erin began her blog Gluten-Free Fun in 2007 to share her lifelong experiences with celiac. In 2011, she launched Gluten-Free Globetrotter during a trip in the Czech Republic. This website shares travel tips, resources, and positive encouragement to those living with celiac who want to travel (gluten-free) across the globe. Erin was the lead organizer of the NYC Celiac Disease Meetup group for more than 10 years, started the Santa Cruz Celiac Group, and she volunteers for the Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California and at Camp Celiac.


Santa Cruz, CA


Best in Show: Twitter Health Activist Hero Best in Show: Blog Lifetime Achievement Award Patient Leader Hero Lifetime Achievement


Offline Crusader Best in Show: Community⁄Forum

Erin is extremely passionate about Celiac disease and maintaining a Gluten-free lifestyle. Erin is the lead organizer of the NYC Celiac Disease Meetup group, a social community that has grown to over 1,850 members in the eight years of organizing the group. She is always posting photos of new GF products she comes across and helpful GF tips.  — Michael

Erin Smith is positive, thorough, does a fabulous job vetting gluten-free products, gets the word out promptly without nonsense in a most credible way. She leads one of the largest celiac meetup groups, NYC. She's connected and kinetic. On top of all, she's an inspiring example of living/coping with celiac since she's been doing so over 30 years.  — K

Very professional and committed to her gluten free community. Always eager to help others and to divulge scientific research on celiac disease.  — Victor

Erin Smith

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