The Spokane Support Group

Upcoming Meeting(s)

Saturday, June 22, 2019

10:00 am- 12:00 pm

Guest Speaker: Dr. Shane Rushing, PT

Topic: "Understanding the Complexities of Pain"

Dr. Shane Rushing PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS is an outpatient Physical Therapist at Cornerstone Physical Therapy in Spokane, WA. He grew up in the Spokane area, attended EWU for his Exercise Science degree, and obtained his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Pacific University of Oregon. He is a board certified orthopedic specialist and exercise specialist, and treats a wide variety of conditions on a daily basis. Because Shane's father had Ankylosing Spondylitis, he has a special interest in treating people with chronic and complex pain. He also understands the daily life and struggles of someone suffering from Ankylosing Spondylitis. 

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

Group Leaders

Group Co-Leader:
Joan Polzin
(509) 990-2218

Group Co-Leader:
Leah Nichols

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.

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