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

Upcoming Meeting(s)

Due to the upcoming holidays, there will be no meeting for the month of December. 

Regular Meeting Location

  • Spokane Manito Public Library Meeting Room (Wheelchair accessible)
    3324 South Perry St.
    Spokane, WA 99203

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: Roundtable Discussion


About Joan Polzin and Leah Nichols, Spokane's Support Group Co-Leaders

Joan Polzin

Joan is a retired teacher in Spokane. She travels in her motorhome to state and national parks to renew with nature. Other joys are meeting new people, gardening, attending plays, creating cards, singing in her church choir, aerobics, reading, and having fun with friends and family. She is actively involved in Delta Kappa Gamma, Key Women Educators International; her church, and Friendship Force.

Leah Nichols

Diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis at age 35 after many years of back pain, joint stiffness, and fatigue, Leah Nichols has sought to relieve her symptoms through many natural modalities, with good success. Her passion for research not only fuels her personal pursuit to improve her life, but also gives her a solid platform from which she can help others. A registered nurse since 2004, Leah continues to work part time in her local hospital. She co-leads the local Spokane SAA Support Group, and participates in other community groups, while pursuing various creative hobbies in between.

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