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Southern California Support Groups

Support Groups provide a forum to share feelings, concerns, information, as well as a place to offer peer support and encouragement. Solicitations or research projects are not conducted at support group meetings.

Support groups often feature speakers specializing in scleroderma or related topics. To find out information about upcoming speakers or meeting topics, please contact the support group leader or chapter office.

These schedules are subject to change. Before attending a group for the first time, please call to verify date and time. Groups are free of charge and open to everyone, including patients, caregivers, family and friends.

Click a link to jump below to view more information about one or our support groups:

Bakersfield/Kern County | Camarillo/Ventura County | Fountain Valley/Orange County | Culver City/Los Angeles |
Palm Desert
| Crescenta Valley/Pasadena | San Diego/Encinitas | San Diego/Mission Valley | Santa Barbara |
Sherman Oaks/San Fernando Valley
| Whittier/San Gabriel | San Gabriel Valley | Santa Maria | Inland Empire/San Bernardino South Bay

Support Group Announcements and Updates

Please visit our Facebook page for announcements, changes, alerts, etc. www.facebook.com/sclerodermasocal


Inland Empire/San Bernardino
Riverside Support Group
11am to 1pm 

Please Call for next meeting location.

Contact: Tina Burger
Phone: 424-227-6475
Email: tinab.sfsc@gmail.com

2017 Schedule:

Nov 18 - Speaker: Susan Nyanzi, Doctor of Public Health and Master Certified Health Educator Specialist from the American College of Sports Medicine. Topic: Gluten Free Nutrition & Benefits to the Gastrointestinal System

2018 Schedule: 

Jan 20
Mar 17
May 19
Sep 15

 

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Santa Maria
Santa Maria Support Group 

11:30am to 1:30pm at: Marion Medical Center: 1400 E. Church St., Santa Maria 93454
Conference Room behind the big ER sign at the corner of Church and Palisade

Contact: Jennifer Wood
Phone: 805-878-6261 or 805-623-5171
Email: sclerodermawarrior2021@yahoo.com

2017 Schedule:
Nov 18 


2018 Schedule:
Jan 20
Mar 17
May 19
Summer break
Sep 15
Nov 17

 


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Bakersfield
Kern County Support Group

Meetings are on Wednesdays, 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Every other Month (no meeting in July)

Location: San Joaquin Community Hospital, 2615 Chester Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93303, (661) 869-6181.
The meeting will be held in the Kern River Room in the basement of the hospital.  Participants can enter the hospital through the main entrance doors and take the elevator down one floor. Parking is available directly in front of the main entrance. 

Contact: Stephen Elrod
Phone: 661-201-1759
Email: stephenelrod168@yahoo.com

2018 Schedule:
Dates TBA

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Camarillo
Ventura County Support Group
Saturday, 10:00am to 12:00pm. Call for meeting dates.
Camarillo Health Care District, 3639 E. Las Posas Road, Bldg. E – Room 115, Camarillo, Calif. (unless otherwise directed).
Please enter room 115 from front of building, since the Camarillo Health Care District front office will be closed. Map and directions.

Contact: Robin D'Angelo
Phone: 805-701-9467
Email: robind318@gmail.com

or

Contact: Arline Wetter
Phone: 805-987-8236
Email: ajwetter@msn.com 

 

2017 Schedule:
Nov 11

2018 Schedule:
Jan 13
Mar 10
May 12
Sep 8
Nov 10

 

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Fountain Valley

Orange County Support Group 
Meetings are held on the SECOND Saturday of alternate months, 11:30am to 2pm, beginning in January.  Our meeting dates are listed below:
Location: Fountain Valley Regional Hospital, 17100 Euclid Ave, Fountain Valley.
We're meeting in the Saltzer Room.

 

Contact: Bonnie Copeland
Phone: 714-606- 6059
Email: bonmail@pacbell.net

or 

Contact: Roberta Hines
Phone: 562-745-8075
Email: hines.roberta50@gmail.com

 

2017 Schedule:

Saturday September 9 – Sylvia Lin - Registered Nutritionist and Pharmaceutical Representative who works with Rheumatologists is a Scleroderma Patient who has done extensive research on the disease we share and will share both her journey and the things she’s found have helped.

Saturday, November 11 – Ginny Maril, PhD. Ginny has spoken at several National Patient Education Conferences. Her talk will focus on the psychological impacts of Scleroderma and chronic disease...exact title to be determined!

 

 

Holiday Celebration TBA

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Culver City

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Palm Desert
Desert Area Support Group
We are looking for a new support group leader. If you are interested in leading a support group in this area, please contact Tina Burger tinab.sfsc@gmail.com. No experience needed; we will help train and get things started. 

Cynthia Esser lives in the area and is happy to talk to patients and/or family members: 
Phone: 760-641-3075
Email: cesserinps@yahoo.com

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Pasadena/Crescenta Valley

Crescenta Valley Support Group                                                           
Saturdays, 11 am to 1 pm                                                                     
USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, 1812 Verdugo Blvd, Glendale, CA, 91208         
Council Room C/D, 4th floor, behind the gift shop
  

 Contact: Lois Rezler                                                                                      
Phone: 310-871-2994                                                                                     
Email: Lrezler@sbcglobal.net 

 

2017 Schedule: 
Nov 11

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San Diego Area
Encinitas Support Group

Saturday, 10:00am to 12:00pm, Every other month

Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas, 92024

Contact: Susan Okuno
Phone: 858-693-4013
Email: sokuno1@yahoo.com

or 

Contact: Kelly Clemeshaw
Phone: 760-855-3449
Email: kclemeshaw@gmail.com

2018 Schedule:
Feb 3
Apr 7
Jun 2
Aug 4
Oct 6

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Mission Valley Support Group

Saturday, 10:00am to 12:00pm, Every other month
Mission Valley Library, 2123 Fenton Parkway, San Diego, 92108

Contact: Susan Okuno
Phone: 858-693-4013
Email:
 sokuno1@yahoo.com


2017 Schedule:
Nov 4

2018 Schedule:
Jan 6
Mar 4
May 5
(Jul 7 potluck in the park)
Sep 1
Nov 3
Dec 1 ??(Holiday potluck)


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Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Support Group

Meetings are on Saturdays, 10:00am to 12pm
Beneflex Insurance Office, 101 W. Anapamu St, Santa Barbara, 93101 (corner of Anapamu and Chapala)

Contact: Elizabeth Duprey
Phone: 408-829-2718
Email:dupreyeliz@yahoo.com

2017 Schedule:
Nov 4
Dec 5
2018 Schedule:
Jan 6
Feb 3
Mar 3
Apr 7


San Fernando Valley Support Group

Sunday, 11:00am to 1pm, Every other Month (2nd Sunday)
Sherman Oaks Hospital, Doctors Conference Room, 4929 Van Nuys Blvd, Sherman Oaks 91403

Sherman Oaks

Map and directions
Contact: Kelly Ryan
Phone: 818-974-2428
Email:sanfernando@scleroderma.org

2017 Schedule:
Nov 12

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Whittier

Whittier/San Gabriel Support Group
 
Presbeterian Intercommunity Hospital
12401 Washington Blvd.
Whittier, CA 90602
10:00am to 12pm
Contact: Penni LaVoot
Phone: 714-871-8580

Email:plavoot@gmail.com
 

2018 Schedule:
Jan 13 - 
Apr 14 - 
Aug 11 - 
Oct 13  - 


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San Gabriel Valley

San Gabriel Valley Peer Support Group
11am to 1pm at Villa Catrina, 251 N. Santa Anita Ave., Arcadia, 91006

Contact: Catherine Baca
Phone: 626-232-8449
Email: MyLivingSpecialist@gmail.com

 

2017 Schedule:
2/11 at 11:00am at Coco's Arcadia
 1150 Colorado St. 
 Arcadia, CA 91007

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South Bay 

Los Angeles/South Bay Support Group

11am-1pm at 

1432 Engracia Ave., Torrance, CA 90501 (Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church)


Contact:
Valerie Goodman  310-890-2616 or
Merilyn Montes 310-713-6290
Email: Southbaysclerogroup@gmail.com

 

2017  Schedule: 

Dec 9  - Susan Nyanzi, Ph.D, Topic: Nutritional needs in Scleroderma

 

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