The Psoriatic Arthritis Club

The Psoriatic Arthritis Club

You don’t have to manage PsA alone. This podcast can help.

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The Psoriatic Arthritis Club podcast series delves deep into the ups and downs of living with PsA. Through intimate conversations with fellow patients and insights from leading experts, the series offers valuable information on how to manage symptoms, collaborate with healthcare providers, advocate for better care, and emotionally cope with the disease. Along the way, listeners will also pick up life hacks, tips, and tricks to live better with psoriatic arthritis.


Check out episodes of The Psoriatic Arthritis Club below and wherever you listen to podcasts. Be sure to subscribe for access to future episodes. Tell your family and friends to listen, too, so they understand what PsA is all about.


Episode 1

Ashley’s Journey: From Reluctance to Resilience in Managing PsA

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Ashley Krivohlavek discusses her journey to find the right PsA treatment, including her initial fears of starting treatment, concerns through seven treatment changes, and balancing side effects with quality of life.

Episode 2

Jonathan’s Journey: Confronting Fears and Finding a Treatment Path

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Jonathan Arora talks openly about his journey from diagnosis to treatment. He addresses his initial hesitation due to concerns about drug safety and side effects, offering insights into overcoming these fears and finding community.

Episode 3

Dr. Ruderman on Collaborative Care and Individualized Management

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This episode features rheumatologist Dr. Eric Ruderman discussing PsA management, patient-doctor collaboration, and individualized treatment. He delves into lifestyle factors and the latest PsA research and treatments.


Episode 1

Lauren’s Story: A Personal Trainer Who Won’t Push Through the Pain

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Imagine exercising for a living, then being diagnosed with a condition that makes picking up weights almost too painful to bear. When Lauren was diagnosed with PsA, she had a lot of concerns about what it would mean for her professionally (as a trainer) and personally (as a mom). “As a personal trainer, I have to live the lifestyle that I preach,” says Lauren. “If I am flaring, it is hard, and I have to really listen to my body.”

Episode 2

Diane’s Story: It’s Never Too Late to Start Getting Good Care

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Diane should have been diagnosed with PsA well before she actually was. As a woman of color who grew up poor, she endured decades of inadequate treatment, misdiagnosis, and stigma. But she also learned a lot about how to turn things around and advocate for better care. “Someone told me a bunch of years ago, you have a voice, use it,” Diane says. “That had to be the best advice ever. Use your voice.”

Episode 3

Eddie’s Story: 20 Years of Life Lessons for Coping with PsA

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Eddie’s PsA story involves a relatively quick journey to getting diagnosed and on treatment. But he’s had his share of challenges along the way, and that means plenty of wisdom to impart about the many curveballs that PsA can throw your way. “If you don’t say something, then nothing’s going to change,” Eddie says. “[Doctors are] wonderful people. But clairvoyance is not something that is taught in med school.”


Want to learn more about managing PsA?

Our Patient Audio Guides offers information and insights from leading psoriatic arthritis experts so you can be more informed — and take better care of yourself or a loved one. Check them out below and wherever you listen to podcasts.

Be sure to subscribe for access to future episodes.

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Audio Guide:

Collaborating with Your Rheumatologist

Whether you’re newly diagnosed, suspect you have PsA, or are experiencing worsening symptoms, this guide will help you prepare for more effective doctor visits to discuss treatment and improve your quality of life.

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Understanding Psoriatic Arthritis Symptoms

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Learn more about the range of symptoms you can experience with PsA, the importance of talking to your doctor about all of your symptoms to improve your care, and how doctors and patients use a measure like minimal disease activity to ensure your PsA symptoms are getting better.

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Understanding Psoriatic Arthritis Treatment

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Learn more about PsA treatment options, the importance of treating inflammation to reduce the risk of joint damage and other complications, and why your doctor needs to know about all your PsA symptoms to pick the right treatment approach for you.

Audio Guide:

Understanding Healthy Lifestyle Changes for Psoriatic Arthritis

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Learn more about the benefits of exercise, diet, mental well-being, and stress management. Understand how these lifestyle changes, when paired with the proper treatment plan, can play a pivotal role in managing psoriatic arthritis.


The Psoriatic Arthritis Club features host Deanna Kizis, a PsA patient looking to connect and learn from other people living with PsA, and insights from top psoriatic arthritis experts.

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Angela Degrassi

Research Manager for Patient-Centered Research, GHLF

Angela Degrassi organizes projects, connects patients to resources through ArthritisPower, and brings leadership experience from the health and fitness industry. As a lifelong patient advocate and caregiver to a parent with MS, she brings a unique perspective to her work.


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Deanna Kizis

Deanna Kizis is an author, journalist, and screenwriter who has written two novels, a children’s book, and more articles than she can count about culture, health, architecture, design, Hollywood, and broken hearts. Diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis several years ago, Deanna is a reluctant member of this “club” but says that working on this podcast has given her hope and a valuable connection to those who are also living with PsA.


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Eric Ruderman, MD

Dr. Ruderman is a rheumatologist and the Associate Chief, Clinical Affairs for the Division of Rheumatology at Northwestern University, where he has been running a psoriatic arthritis clinic with dermatology colleagues for nearly 20 years.


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Grace Wright, MD

Dr. Wright is a consultant rheumatologist in New York City and served as Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at NYU Medical Center. She is the President of the Association of Women in Rheumatology (AWIR).


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Alexis Ogdie, MD

Dr. Ogdie is a rheumatologist and Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She treats PsA patients in the Psoriatic Arthritis Program at Penn Medicine and specializes in PsA research.


More Resources

Living with psoriatic arthritis (or caring for someone who is coping with psoriatic arthritis) isn’t easy. There’s a lot to learn about symptoms, treatments, and staying healthy. CreakJoints, a non-profit patient community for people living with arthritis and rheumatic conditions, has plenty of resources, always free, to provide help and support.

Types and Domains of Psoriatic Arthritis

Is Your PsA Treatment Working? Red Flags to Raise with Your Doctor

Frequent flare-ups, fatigue, or difficulty with daily tasks might signal a medication change. Learn how to talk to your doctor about these signs for improved care.



Psoriatic Arthritis Symptoms

Understanding the Visible and Invisible Symptoms of Psoriatic Disease

Explore the complexities of psoriatic disease, from the hallmark symptoms like itchy skin and swollen joints to the hidden emotional and physical tolls.



Psoriatic Arthritis Stages and Progression

Stages of Psoriatic Arthritis: Signs of Early to Late Disease Progression

Psoriatic arthritis is not a one-size-fits-all disease, and the stages and progression are not straightforward or uniform from patient to patient.




A New Audio Guide Mini Series About Inflammation


Our new audio guides, “Fight Back Against Inflammation,” produced by the nonprofit CreakyJoints and the Global Healthy Living Foundation and made possible with support from UCB, will focus on the
critical topic of inflammation and its impact on psoriatic arthritis (PsA) as well as other types of inflammatory arthritis like axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA).

Inflammation is a subject close to our hearts because, when left unchecked, it can bring about many added challenges for our patient community — from joint pain and fatigue to lost days, gaps in memory, and lack of mobility. Join us as we explore how understanding and managing inflammation can significantly improve your journey with these conditions.

Part One

Understanding and
Identifying Inflammation


Dr. Jeff Stark, rheumatologist and Head of Immunology Medical at UCB, shares his expertise on inflammation and helps us understand why inflammation matters, how it affects our daily life, what signs to look for, and how doctors check for it. Let’s unravel the mystery of inflammation together.

Part Two

Managing and Treating


Dr. Jeff Stark, rheumatologist and Head of Immunology Medical at UCB, shares tips on how to talk with your health care team, what treatments are out there, how lifestyle changes can help, and what you can do to feel your best every day. Let’s take positive steps toward fighting inflammation together.


Dr. Jeff Stark

Rheumatologist and
Head of Immunology Medical at UCB


Jeffrey Stark, MD, leads the medical affairs teams across rheumatology, dermatology, and gastroenterology. Prior to joining UCB, Dr. Stark spent several years running a full-time rheumatology clinical practice. He has served on the board and the development council of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Rheumatology Research Foundation and is a member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Georgia Chapter of the Lupus Foundation. Dr. Stark is also a past President and Executive Board Member of the Georgia Society of Rheumatology.

Shelley Fritz

Patient-Centered Engagement
and Insights Manager at GHLF


Shelley Fritz is an educational consultant and patient advocate living with rheumatoid arthritis and several other comorbidities. She has a degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in educational leadership. Shelley is currently the Patient-Centered Engagement and Insights Manager at GHLF. Her hobbies include long walks with her dogs, hiking, relaxing at the beach, and writing.

More Resources

Accepting Ankylosing Spondylitis Diagnosis

Your Guide to Understanding Arthritis Inflammation

Discover why keeping tabs on inflammation is crucial for managing your condition and overall health and learn how to effectively monitor and interpret it as a proactive patient.

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The Impact of Inflammation and How to Talk to Your Doctor

Discover the importance of understanding and discussing inflammation with your doctor — and get tips on communicating with your care team to better manage your health.

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The Psoriatic Arthritis Club is a new podcast series produced by the non-profit Global Healthy Living Foundation, its arthritis patient community CreakyJoints, and made possible with support from AbbVie.

The Psoriatic Arthritis Club Audio Guide, Fight Back Against Inflammation, was produced by the non-profit Global Healthy Living Foundation, its arthritis patient community CreakyJoints, and made possible with support from UCB.

Our podcasts and audio guides are for educational purposes only and shouldn’t take the place of medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about the right path for you.