The New York City Support Group

Upcoming Meeting(s)

Sunday, February 10th, 2019
2:00 pm

Topic: February Show and Tell Coffee Meetup

Bring your favorite spondylitis survival item and tell the group about it!

*RSVP by Saturday 2/9 via this Google form so we know how big of a table to get.

*Please note- we are changing our meeting day from Thursdays to Tuesdays

Meeting Location

Le Pain Quotidien

1399 Madison Ave (at 97th St)

New York, NY 10029

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

Ariana and Sandra


About New York City's Support Group Co-Leaders


Hello, I’m Ariana! A couple years ago I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis and found my world turned upside down. I decided to attend a NYC support group meeting to get some clarity and that night changed my life. So much so, that a couple of months later I found myself leading the group! Life is funny that way. Outside of SAA, I’m a developer and technology educator. Fun fact: I’ve traveled to over 25 countries and am not stopping anytime soon!


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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