Piedmont Triad

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

Upcoming Meeting(s)

Thursday, June 1, 2023
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

Upcoming Dates:
Meetings are held every first Thursday of every month.

Meeting Location: virtual meeting, using Zoom.


Meeting ID: 810 1659 7457
Passcode: 168824

Social Media

Please join our Spondylitis Support Group Facebook page and other social media channels to connect with others:

Facebook: NCSpondy Support Group

Twitter: @spondylitis 

Instagram: @spondylitis 

YouTube: Spondylitis

LinkedIn: Spondylitis Association of America

Topic: Guest speaker - Chris Zoch, PT, DPT, L. Ac

Chris Zoch is a physical therapist, licensed acupuncturist, tai chi practitioner, and spondyloarthritis patient. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at High Point University in High Point, NC. He will be speaking about the role of physical therapy for patients with spondyloarthritis as well as his own personal journey as a patient and the ways that this has influenced his perspectives on clinical practice and physical therapy education. There will be time for Q & A as well as discussion of potential topics of interest for future support group meetings.



Heidi Waltz

About Heidi Waltz, Piedmont Triad's Support Group Leader

I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis when I was 22 years old. I had experienced lower back pain for a few years prior to diagnosis and visited many doctors who couldn’t figure out the cause for all the pain I was experiencing. Everything came together when I woke up one morning with very limited vision and red irritated eyes. After a visit to a wonderful Ophthalmologist, I was told I had Iritis and asked if I had any joint pain. I tested positive for the HLA-B27 gene and was referred to a Rheumatologist. I have been on a biologic that has been working and I am so thankful for that.

I am a wife, teacher and mother of two beautiful daughters. My wonderful husband, family and friends have been an amazing support system for me. I don’t know how I would have made it through my difficult times without them.

With a chronic condition like AS, I have learned to live each day to its fullest. I enjoy traveling, photography, reading, yoga and kayaking. 

I became interested in leading a support group after browsing the SAA website. Also, I have been wanting to get to know others with AS to share our experiences together. I have realized over the years how common AS actually is and I am learning more each day about this disease. I enjoy reading about research being done by SAA and would like as a group to discuss and share knowledge as well as share experiences in a group setting. I look forward to meeting you soon.   

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 programs@spondylitis.org