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

Upcoming Meeting(s)

Saturday, April 20, 2024
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Pacific Time

Meeting Location:

Virtual meeting, using Zoom.


Meeting ID: 894 4254 3683
Passcode: 615388

Social Media

If you are in the Spokane area please join our Spokane Spondylitis Support Group Facebook page to connect with other Spondylitis folks in the area: Spondylitis Support Spokane

Topic: Guest Speaker - Sara Shaw will speak to our group about her amazing story and advocacy.

We are here to provide educational and emotional support for people with Spondylitis and related diseases and their family and friends. We listen. We Care. We Support. We encourage.



Joan Polzin


Eric Bonanno

About Joan Polzin and Eric Bonanno, Spokane's Support Group Co-Leaders

Joan Polzin

Joan is a retired teacher in Spokane. She was diagnosed in 2007 and had no idea what spondylitis was. To help her learn more she started a support group in Spokane. Since then two other family members have been diagnosed with AS. She owns her own business, enjoys travelling in her motorhome to renew with nature. Other joys are meeting new people and connecting them to services. She loves gardens, attending plays and symphony concerts, reading, and having fun with friends and family. She is actively involved in Delta Kappa Gamma, Key Women Educators International, her church, D.A.R., and caregiving for her partner. She is passionate about living a grateful life.

Eric Bonanno

Eric is retired after spending the majority of his professional career in the hockey business.  He grew up with a family history of AS, watching his father struggle through many differing medical opinions before finally being diagnosed correctly with AS.  Eric enjoys all sports, spending time with his family and with their dog, Zoey.  He loves movies and says the movie theater is his “Happy Place”.

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