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About Us

Our Mission

When you suffer from arthritis, everyday tasks may become difficult. Favorite hobbies may become a thing of the past. And worries about the future may cloud the present. Simply put, it can feel like arthritis is in control of your life.

But we’re here to help change that. At Arthritis.com, we’ve made it our mission to help you take control of life with arthritis. How? By creating a home for arthritis education, empowerment, and support.

  • Education

    We’re committed to providing the arthritis information you need to understand your condition and—more importantly—make informed treatment decisions.

  • Empowerment

    We hope to empower you to take an active role in your care. That means making sure you have the tools you need to understand the disease, the information you need to help understand your treatment options, and the resources you need to feel comfortable sharing your questions, fears, and aspirations with your doctor.

  • Support

    We offer the holistic support you need when arthritis impacts more than just pain in your joints. From nutrition tips, to relationship advice, to articles on spirituality—our goal is to help you in managing arthritis in your daily life.

Our Editorial Board and Contributors

At Arthritis.com, we’re dedicated to ensuring that the perspectives of people living with arthritis are reflected in everything we do. That’s why we created the Arthritis.com Editorial Board. The board is made up of members of the arthritis community, including people living with arthritis, experts in rheumatology, and patient advocates. Each member’s role is to review content before it is posted on our site to help ensure that it is relevant, accurate, appropriate, and—most importantly—meets the needs of the arthritis community.

We also feature guest contributors, including real people living with arthritis and topic experts. They routinely contribute to our site, offering unique perspectives and advice on an array of topics—from parenthood, to relationships, to finances.

Meet Our People

Ara Dikranian, M.D.
Editorial Board

Rheumatologist

Dr. Dikranian works as a rheumatologist at the Cabrillo Center for Rheumatic Disease in San Diego, California. Outside of work, Dr. Dikranian is the immediate past chair of the Arthritis Foundation San Diego chapter advisory board. In 2011, he was named the Arthritis Foundation Community Outreach Volunteer of the Year.

In his free time, Dr. Dikranian volunteers for uninsured patients through the San Diego County Medical Association Foundation Project Access program. He’s been an investigator in more than 100 clinical research studies.

Stephanie Aleite
Editorial Board & Contributor

Patient Advocate and Blogger Living with RA

Stephanie was diagnosed with juvenile RA when she was just five years old. Since then, Stephanie has made it her life's mission to inspire and support others who are living with the condition through her blog—a personal narrative about the “emotional side effects of being young, disabled, and fabulous.” She finds fulfillment in speaking publicly about her journey with RA, the value of effective doctor-patient communication, and emotion-focused coping. Stephanie is determined to live life to the fullest and refuses to let her illness stop her from having hopes and dreams for her future.

Mariah Leach
Editorial Board & Contributor

Patient Advocate and Blogger Living with RA

When Mariah was just 25 years old, she began experiencing joint pain, swelling, and fatigue and was soon diagnosed with RA. Since that time, Mariah has worked to empower others living with RA and raise awareness about the disease through her blog. After experiencing the challenges of pregnancy and motherhood with RA firsthand, Mariah has become particularly passionate about providing support for women with chronic illnesses who are or want to become mothers.

In addition to her blog, Mariah writes for several websites, participates in advocacy efforts through the Arthritis Foundation and Seth’s 50 State Network, and manages a Facebook support group for mothers living with chronic illnesses.

Elaine Rowan
Editorial Board

Patient Advocate and Administrative Assistant Living with RA

One morning in 2012, Elaine woke to shooting pain in her shoulder, elbow, hands, and knees. At first, she assumed it was nothing serious—a minor injury that would disappear in a few days. When it didn’t, she visited a massage therapist. And then a chiropractor. As the pain intensified and swelling began, Elaine’s chiropractor suspected something more serious. She visited her primary care physician before being referred to a rheumatologist who finally provided an answer—Elaine had RA. Since her diagnosis, Elaine has learned to make the most of life with a chronic illness. It hasn’t always been easy, but Elaine has done her best to continue doing the things she loves—exercising, biking, camping, and kayaking with her husband.

Angela Lundberg
Contributor

Patient Advocate and Blogger Living with RA

Arthritis advocacy has been an important part of Angela’s life since she was diagnosed with RA in 1997. She started her blog in the hopes that her own experience will help others with the disease feel less alone. Angela refuses to let RA stop her from living a full, exciting, and meaningful life. When she's not blogging, you can find Angela teaching or pursuing her passion for photography.

Logan Levkoff, Ph.D.
Contributor

Relationship Expert, Author, TV Personality

Logan Levkoff, Ph.D., is a nationally recognized expert on relationships and intimacy. As a leader in her field, Logan encourages honest conversation about the role intimacy plays in our culture. Her work with teens and parents has been profiled in numerous publications, including The New York Times. Logan blogs regularly for The Huffington Post, and is also a member of the faculty at the University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Program, where she teaches students pursuing the sexuality education track. She is also a TV personality and author of three books.

Alexa von Tobel
Contributor

Personal Finance Expert and Author

Alexa von Tobel is the founder and CEO of a financial planning company and a New York Times best-selling author. Through her work, Alexa aims to make financial planning affordable, accessible and delightful. She brings her passion for innovative product design to the financial planning space, as she works to revolutionize how Americans interact with their money.

Ara Dikranian, M.D.
Editorial Board

Rheumatologist

Stephanie Aleite
Editorial Board & Contributor

Patient Advocate and Blogger Living with RA

Mariah Leach
Editorial Board & Contributor

Patient Advocate and Blogger Living with RA

Elaine Rowan
Editorial Board

Patient Advocate and Administrative Assistant Living with RA

Angela Lundberg
Contributor

Patient Advocate and Blogger Living with RA

Logan Levkoff, Ph.D.
Contributor

Relationship Expert, Author, TV Personality

Alexa von Tobel
Contributor

Personal Finance Expert and Author

Together, we can help redefine life with arthritis.

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Editorial board members and contributors are compensated for their work on Arthritis.com.