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Support Groups In Phoenix, Az

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If anyone knows of, or is interested in starting a support group in the Phoenix area, please let me know. It is needed!


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I agree, Im in Phoenix, and just learning about gluten intolerance, do you know of any good doctors?


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Here is a list of support groups in AZ, I hope something is close to you :D


Chandler - Resource:

Contact: Mark Whitney

Tel: (480) 899-3379

E-mail:, or

Fountain Hills - Support Group

Contacts: Russ Boocock, or Emma Teeter

Sunshine Chapter (CSA)

16205 N. Boulder Dr.

Fountain Hills, AZ 85268-1519

Tel: (602) 837-1953, or (602) 820-5594

Payson - Support Group

Contact 1: Nancy A. Palmer

Payson Area Celiac Support Group

HC 2 Box 95-S

Payson, AZ 85541

Tel: (520) 478-4383

Contact 2: Jane Kendall

HCR Box 305-B

Payson, AZ 85541

Tel: (520) 474-6707.

Phoenix - Support Group

Contact 1: Russ Boocock

Sunshine Celiac Support Group

16205 N. Boulder Drive

Fountain Hills, AZ 85268-1519

Tel: (602) 837-1953

Conact 2: Walter Koncar

1920 E. Inglewood St.

Mesa, AZ 85203

Phoenix - Support Group

Contact: Pam Fuller

Celiac Support of Greater Phoenix (A CDF Connections Group)

Tel: (623) 587-8885 or (602) 493-8266



Sierra Vista - Resource:

Contacts: Ed & Leanne Hanson

465 Pinetree Dr.

Sierra Vista, AZ 85635

Tel: (520) 452-1774


Tucson - Support Group

Contact: Patty Ewing

Tucson Celiacs (CSA)

440 Cambridge Drive

Tucson, AZ 85704-7113

Tel: (520) 297-1834

Tucson - Resource:

Contact: Margaret Eldorado

3373 N. Calle Tortosa

Tucson, AZ 85750

Tel: (520) 298-2264



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