Meetings offer education, encouragement, emotional support, and allow for open discussion about managing and living with spondyloarthritis.

Upcoming Meeting(s)

  • Monday, September 14, 2020
    7:00 PM – 8:30 PM (CDT)

Texas has three spondylitis support groups, in Dallas, Austin and The Woodlands. In September we’ll have our first ever combined virtual meeting of all three groups! No need to travel – this is a virtual meeting using Zoom.

  • Details:

    Virtual meeting, using Zoom!

    Contact Iain McDonald via email for an invite, at

  • Topic: Roundtable Discussion – “Back in Action, Again” Exercise Video

    After we spend some time introducing ourselves, we’ll watch part of a video available from SAA called Back in Action, Again. Don’t you just love to exercise sitting down? YES! Come log in and see how you can relax those sore areas of the neck, back and hips. I think everyone will learn something. Wear something comfortable, but by using Zoom from your living room that should be easy.

Regular Meeting Location

  • Austin Public Library, Manchaca Branch
    5500 Manchaca Rd.
    Austin, TX 78745

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Allie Gillard

Allie Gillard

About Allie Gillard, Austin's Support Group Leader

My name is Allie and I am a mother of three beautiful grown girls, three dogs and two cats, and grandma (or Grack as they call me) to two sweet boys. I have spent almost 30 years in Austin and can’t imagine living anywhere else.

I am now a customer service representative for a laboratory after spending 11 years as a phlebotomist. I’ve been in customer service two years and couldn’t be happier with my job.

As far as AS goes, I was diagnosed 6 years ago at the age of 39 after spending two years going to doctor after doctor trying to figure out why I hurt so much. I even saw two docs at the clinic I worked at and was called a drug-seeker. I switched doctors again and was immediately referred to a rheumatologist. She diagnosed me and the trial and error of what managed my pain began. I swore I wouldn’t let AS change my life, but four years ago I had to quit my job as a phlebotomist because all the standing and bending became too painful.

I started this group here in Austin not just to meet others like me but also to learn more and keep myself and friends and family more educated about AS. I feel like at the very least having someone else who understands can be a huge weight off your shoulders, but knowing what you’re up against can be more than a little helpful.

Want to Start a New Support Group?

We’d love to have you join our team of passionate volunteers leading our spondylitis educational support groups! Learn more about how to get started here, and reach out to