TheRAConnection Announces the Addition of New Moderators to theRAConnection Communities

TheRAconnection is pleased to announce the addition of Ashley Boynes-Shuck as a moderator to the rheumatoid arthritis (RA) group on theRAConnection and Diane Talbert to the psoriatic arthritis group (PsA).  This addition to physician moderators David Borenstein “Dr. B” and C.H. Weaver creates a more robust community and experience for individuals with RA, PsA, Anklyosing Spondylitis, Osteoporosis and other types of arthritis and inflammatory conditons to share information and support each other through their journey.

Ashley Boynes-Shuck, also known as “Arthritis Ashley,” is the published author of 3 books entitled Sick Idiot, Chronically Positive, and To Exist. She is also a co-author of Empowered in Pittsburgh and a health news reporter for, in addition to being an award-winning blogger, advocate, health coach, social media influencer, and public speaker. She has worked closely with the Autoimmune Registry and the Arthritis Foundation, and is working on her fourth book. Ashley has even spoken in front of members of Congress on Capitol Hill about arthritis legislation, been quoted in Teen Vogue, been featured in Arthritis Today magazine and on the Today Show website, and been tweeted by Oprah Winfrey about her work!  Ashley has lived with rheumatoid arthritis since middle school, and also has several other chronic autoimmune and musculoskeletal/chronic pain conditions including celiac disease, osteoarthritis, dystonia, POTS, and Chiari malformation.

Diane Talbert is a blogger, patient advocate and speaker for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. She presently writes for The Mighty, Medium, Health Union and Patients Rising. She has been featured in Arthritis Today, Everyday Health, Arthritis Foundation, Black Doctor Org, New York Times, and Health Central. Diane has been an active advocate for psoriasis for over a decade now. She ran a support group in the Maryland, DC and Virginia area for ten years. Diane has had severe psoriasis since the age of 5. (1968) She was covered over 70% of her body for the first 40 years of her life. She has had psoriatic arthritis for 25 years, but just got a diagnosis 12 years ago. She is presently seeing a pain management doctor for fibromyalgia, a rheumatologist for psoriatic arthritis and a dermatologist for psoriasis. Her goal is to stop the stigma associated with this disease.

Dr. Borenstein brings extensive experience and leadership in the diagnosis, management and support of individuals with rheumatic and arthritic conditions of the spine. He is currently the editor of TheSpineCommunity –  a social network and resource for individuals with back. The AS group will now be accessible on theRAConnection in order to expand its reach and better serve patients, especially those with overlapping conditions. Dr Borenstein is a past President of the American College of Rheumatology, a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University Spine Center and recognized authority and author on back pain and spine conditions.

Join the conversation with Ashley, Diane, and thousands of other individuals affected by RA, PsA, AS, Osteoporosis and other conditions here.

TheRAconnection is an online community and resource center for patients and caregivers with RA, PsA, AS, Osteoporosis and other rheumatic and inflammatory conditions. TheRAconnection provides comprehensive information about the diagnosis, treatment, and management of RA, a daily news service, featured articles, and a community network with which individuals can connect, trade experiences, and support one another.

The addition of Ashley, Diane and Dr. Borenstein allows theRAConnection to expand our programs and to more broadly and effectively support individuals with rheumatologic conditions and mechanical problems of the spine; this step is emblematic of our growing commitment to patients suffering from rheumatologic conditions.

About TheRAConnection

Patients Seek Online Support, Validation & Information-theRAConnection is a fully-moderated online support community and rich information resource, providing patients and caregivers a trusted destination to learn about the management of their condition and a community where patients both derive and provide support.

TheRAConnection is populated with rich content to support the many ongoing needs of individuals battling these conditions and is comprised of communities of individuals with similar interests Conditions served by theRAConnection include rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and lupus.

About theRAConnection Private Label

A private label version of theRAConnection is also available for clinics and advocacy groups to support their patients, and improve engagement, retention and loyalty. Leading providers and advocacy groups including Harvard –Dana Farber, The University of California, and the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition use private label version to support their patients, keep them connected to their organization and to expand their organizations reach.

About OMNI Health Media

OMNI Health Media (OMNI) is a leading specialty Website and Application developer and publisher of consumer health information. OMNI has developed CancerConnect, theGIConnection, theRAConnection, and theSpineCommunity. These social communities can be accessed directly or used by gastroenterologists, oncologists, and rheumatologists to provide support and build community on their websites for their patients in a safe, secure, moderated environment.

Originally established in 1996 as a cancer patient education resource, OMNI has consistently expanded its platform by integrating technologic advances with its health information content, applications and services. OMNI has been recognized for producing award-winning, multi-media content which reaches over 1.5 million health information seekers in English, Japanese, and Spanish every month.

OMNI Health Media also produces and manages Women magazine, and The Web Chats with the Experts interactive series featuring thought leaders from institutions such as George Washington University, Memorial Sloan-Kettering, Harvard, Roswell Park, UCSF, Roswell Park, and other prominent health centers.

About Women: Total Health & Wellness Magazine

Women magazine is a premier total health and wellness magazine covering issues important to women, including regular features on arthritis, cancer, bone health, GI health, and heart health, as well as columns and tips covering nutrition, exercise, and emotional well-being. Women empowers readers to take charge of their health and recognizes the unique role women play in fostering the overall health of their families and friends.

Women magazine is available in all Rheumatology and Women’s clinics, in leading retail outlets including Costco, Walmart, Target and Walgreens and as a benefit of membership to Rheumatology Nursing Society members.