Phone Toll Free Number: (800) 777-8189
Phone Toll Free Number: (800) 777-8189
Chicago NW Suburbs

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

Upcoming Meeting(s)

  • Thursday, November 14, 2019
    6:30pm social; 7pm yoga class and meeting

Meeting Location

  • Regular meeting location:

    3400 Dundee Rd. Suite 330
    Northbrook, IL 60062

Meeting Schedule

Chicago Northwest Suburbs group will alternate monthly meetings with Chicago Northside support group- giving you the opportunity to attend either/OR both groups!

Social Media

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Facebook: @spondylitis 

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LinkedIn: Spondylitis Association of America

Topic: Yoga for People with Chronic Pain with Maribel Alesna, E-RYT

Maribel is a registered Yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, the national registry for yoga teachers. Yoga Alliance requires a minimum of 200 hours of training, and grants an “E” status for those who have more than a thousand hours of teaching experience. She has logged hundreds of hours of additional studies beyond my initial training and have worked with people in chronic pain. She is also a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, which requires a minimum 1000 hours of training for certification. 
Come dressed ready to participate in the yoga activities. Everything is able to be modified. As you see above, Maribel focuses her yoga on people in chronic pain.

Please RSVP for the meeting at this link:


Gail Wright

Gail Wright


Jessica Lepore

About Chicago's Northwest Suburbs Support Group Co-Leaders

Gail Wright

Gail Wright is a teacher of students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. She’s been teaching in a variety of settings for 27 years. Gail was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis in January of 2014. She enjoys exercising, hiking, being outdoors – especially in the mountains, gardening and being with great friends. She has an amazing, supportive husband and two great kids.

Jessica Lepore

I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis in the spring of 2018. I was later diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis that summer. My teen daughter was also diagnosed with AS and psoriatic arthritis in the fall of 2018. Between the two of us we have been on many different NSAIDs and biologics. Currently Remicade infusions are working for me, and Enbrel is working for her.

I am working very hard to stay as active as I can for as long as I can. Last year I ran the Chicago Marathon – my first marathon ever – as part of the Arthritis Foundation charity team. My daughter is still playing ice hockey and softball to stay as mobile as she can.

We certainly have our challenging days – cortisone injections for both of us, hip surgery for me, and LOTS of physical therapy. I also use yoga and massage to try to stay flexible and limber. Every day is a patchwork of remedies to keep me moving.

I am so happy to be volunteering with the SAA. I cannot wait to share my experiences as a patient and a mom, but also to learn from others!

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