The New York City Support Group

Upcoming Meeting(s)

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
6:30-8:00 pm

Topic: Guest Speaker, Dr. Sneha Gazi, PT, DPT

We’re excited to announce that Dr. Sneha Gazi, PT, DPT will be speaking at our meeting about various topics related to physical therapy exercises and back pain! You can read more about her at (site under construction but should be back up in mid-February). Dr. Gazi accepts $5 optional donations to her non-profit that brings free PT globally to underserved populations, but please note that this is completely optional.

*RSVP  via this Google form with your information as they appear on your ID, at least 48 hours prior to our meeting, per building security. 

Meeting Location

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

630 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2200

(45 Rockefeller Plaza)

New York, NY 10112

Meeting Schedule

We host support group meetings every other month, generally on Tuesday evenings, with the format being a round table discussion. In the months in between our formal meetings, we also have informal social gatherings at coffee shops, bars, etc, usually on weekends or Friday evenings.

Group Co-leaders

About New York City's Support Group Co-Leaders


Hi! I’m Sandra. I was diagnosed with spondylitis in September 2015, after having symptoms for about a year. I started going to the group in January 2017, and I found it so helpful to meet others who understood what I was going through. I joined Ariana as co-leader in August 2017 so I could help give back the support I received when I first joined. I’m also a clinical social worker, and I enjoy facilitating groups. Fun fact: I ride my bike all over the city and find that this really helps my back pain!

About NYC Support Group

At our meetings, we hope to offer members a place to meet others with spondylitis, learn about resources, treatments, and strategies for managing the condition, and receive support with their challenges. We also welcome family members, friends, and significant others of people with spondylitis, who would like to learn more about how to support their loved ones.

Group Guidelines

If this is your first time joining us, welcome! We are excited to have you. To make sure that all meetings are a supportive, safe space for all, we’ve put together some group guidelines. Check it out!

1. Confidentiality. What is said in the group stays in the group. You can share general information with others outside the group, but please don’t use names or identifying information of members.
2. Respect. Treat other group members with respect and understanding
3. Remember that everyone’s experience is different, and what worked for you might not work for someone else. As we say in social work, everyone is an expert on their own life!
4. Give everyone a chance to speak. Try not to monopolize the discussion!
5. Ask a doctor. Remember that most of us (group leaders included) are not doctors, so be careful about giving or taking medical advice.

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

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Spondylitis Association of America

16360 Roscoe Blvd.  Ste. 100
Van Nuys, CA 91406


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