The Nashville Support Group

Upcoming Meeting(s)

Thursday, October 25, 2018
6:00-7:30 pm

Topic: Guest Speaker- Dallas Roberts, PT, Cert. MDT, the Clinic Director of STAR Physical Therapy's Mt. Juliet clinic.

He will discuss the role of physical therapy and continued physical activity in the management of AS.  There will be plenty of time for Q&A.  As usual, your significant others are welcome to attend and participate.  

Dallas Roberts, Jr, PT, Cert. MDT, TPI CGFI is the Regional Director for STAR Physical Therapy Outpatient Clinics in Hermitage, Mt Juliet, and Mt Juliet South. He practices at the Mt Juliet South location in Providence. He is a graduate of Tennessee State University (1996) and has practiced in the Hermitage/Mt Juliet region for more than 22 years, and has been employed with STAR for 18 years. He is a Credentialed Mechanical and Diagnostic Therapist of the Spine, as well as a Titleist Performance Institute Certified Golf Fitness Instructor. Mr. Roberts has extensive training in outpatient orthopedics and neuromuscular rehab, but has considered himself a spine specialist since receiving his credentialing in 2003. He has been a clinical instructor for Belmont Univ., Trevecca Naz. Univ., St Augustine Univ., Univ. of TN in Memphis, Univ. of TN in Chattanooga, University of Kentucky, Ole Miss, and TN State Univ. He serves as a mentor to physical therapists employed by STAR helping them develop specialized clinical skills not typically included in Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculums.

Meeting Location

Southeast Community Center
Meeting Room 1 
5260 Hickory Hollow Parkway #201
Antioch, TN 37013

*When inputting into mapping app or GPS, it is recommended to use the Nashville Public Library Southwest Branch as the destination.

*This location is on the Nashville bus route, and the meeting rooms are all on the first floor.

Group Leader

Ben Young, DVM
(615) 946-7169

About Ben Young, Nashville's Support Group Leader

Ben received his diagnosis after several years with regular bouts of uveitis, progressive back pain, and peripheral joint pain. In 2016, he was fortunate to finally receive a diagnosis and has found moderate relief with biologics. 

Ben is a proponent of continued physical activity, at whatever level one is capable, to maintain both physical and mental health in the face of this chronic disease. He is a veterinarian and lives just outside of Nashville with his wife Tara.

About the Nashville Support Group

The Nashville SAA support group is newly formed, and we continue to add new members. Currently our membership represents a diverse swath of experiences including unique journeys to diagnosis, clinical signs and complications, treatments and management techniques, etc. Along with those living with AS, we welcome the significant others or family members who provide daily support to our members; in many ways these welcome guests also “live with” AS everyday. Each meeting will address a topic that the group has previously identified as a topic of interest. These will include social-emotional impacts of chronic disease, management tips, updates in research, updates in treatment modalities, and many more topics. Most meetings will consist of an invited speaker whose expertise pertains to the topic at hand. There will always be ample time to share personal experiences and direct questions to the speaker and/or the group. There is no cost to attend a meeting.

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