Latest on Lupus Patient Webinar | Dec. 5th

November 18, 2020


Saturday, December 5th 2020 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

You can join our next patient conference from the comfort of your home as we take our Latest on Lupus series online! Please join us for the Virtual “Latest on Lupus” on Saturday, December 5th. Please make sure to register today and reserve your seat. Registration is **FREE**. To Register, click this link:



  • 10:00am | Welcome & Overview of Lupus LA with Adam Selkowitz, Chairman of the Board, Lupus LA
  • 10:05am | Yoga for Wellness with Dena D’Angelo, Certified Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT & Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor, NAMA
  • 10:20am | Latest on Lupus with Dr. Daniel Wallace, FACP, MACR, Rheumatologist
  • 10:40am | Q&A with Dr. Daniel Wallace, FACP, MACR, Rheumatologist
  • 10:50am | How to prepare for your Telemedicine Appointment with Arnita Roberts-Christie, RN, BSN, MS, Patient Engagement Liaison, GSK


This conference is free for lupus patients to attend and is funded in part by GSK, Mallinckrodt, and PhRMA.


Dr. Daniel Wallace, FACP, MACR, Rheumatologist

Dr. Wallace received his undergraduate and medical education at the University of Southern California, graduating with an MD. His graduate medical training included an internship at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, medical residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and a fellowship in rheumatology at UCLA. He is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

While a fellow at UCLA, he conducted pioneering arthritis research that landed his picture in Time magazine and developed a close relationship with his mentor, Edmund Dubois. Dr Dubois had the largest lupus practice in the United States at the time and was the principal editor of the only lupus textbook. Dr. Wallace entered private practice in 1979 with his father, a cardiologist, but assumed Dr. Dubois’ practice on his passing in 1985. He is the author of 8 medical textbooks (including the last 6 editions of Dubois’ Lupus Erythematosus, All About Fibromyalgia, The Lupus Book, All About Osteoarthritis, The New Sjogren’s Syndrome Handbook, and Fibromyalgia & Other Central Pain Syndromes), 25 book chapters, and over 340 medical publications. The latter have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, the Lancet, Journal of Clinical Investigation, Journal of Immunology, and Journal of the American Medical Association.

Wallace’s academic efforts include having served as Chief of Rheumatology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Century City Hospital, and the City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte, CA. He is currently a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. His clinical practice is based at Cedars-Sinai, where he is involved in the care of 2,000 lupus patients, the largest practice of its kind in the United States and co- directs the Cedars Sinai Rheumatology fellowship program. The Wallace Rheumatic Disease Research Center currently runs over 30 clinical trials for patients with rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis and fibromyalgia. The center has been the recipient of multiple National Institute of Health grants. 20% of his time is spent in teaching and research, providing free medical care.

Dr. Wallace’s volunteer work has entailed serving as Chairman of the Lupus Foundation of America, the Research and Education Foundation of the American College of Rheumatology, and on the Board of Directors of the United Scleroderma Foundation, the Lupus Research Alliance and the American Society for Apheresis. He has served on the Medical Advisory Board of the Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation and the American Fibromyalgia Syndrome Association. His service has been recognized by being named as among the 200 best doctors in the nation by Town and Country Magazine, best doctors in Los Angeles by Los Angeles Magazine, Best Doctors in America editions since 1994. Dr. Wallace is the recipient of the Lu- pus Foundation of America Humanitarian Award, Achievement award of the Lupus Research Institute, Spirit Award of the Scleroderma Foundation, the Jane Wyman Humanitarian Award of the Arthritis Foundation, and the Healthcare Professional Leadership Award from the Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation. His efforts have raised over $20 million for various rheumatic disease organizations.

Arnita Roberts-Christie, RN, BSN, MS, Patient Engagement Liaison, GSK

Arnita Roberts Christie, RN, BSN, MS holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Widener University and a Master of Science Degree in Human Resource Development with a certificate in counseling from the University of Bridgeport. For more than 34 years, Arnita has worked in multiple medical settings and disease states, including academic hospitals, occupational health, insurance and the pharmaceutical industry.

Arnita is currently employed by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) as a Patient Engagement Liaison. She has a passion for educating patients, families and health care practitioners about Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), and Severe Asthma as well as raising awareness about the impact these diseases have on patients and their families. She is a long time Connecticut resident, married to husband Michael for the past 26 years and mother to a 20- year-old son, Michael and a 17-year-old daughter, Nia . Arnita is an active member of the Fairfield County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and is also an active member of WOCIP-Women of Color in Pharma. Arnita is a certified track and field coach and a certified track and field official. She enjoys listening to music, spending time with her family, and mentoring the young women Union Baptist Church, Stamford, CT, where she also serves as one of the health and wellness champions for the nurses ministry.

Dena D’Angelo, Certified Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT & Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor, NAMA

Dena D’Angelo is a Certified Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT and Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor, NAMA. She has served as a Yoga Therapist & Ayurvedic educator for several healthcare programs, yoga studios, and charities in Los Angeles and Northern Oregon. She currently hosts weekly Zoom yoga classes & virtual private yoga therapy sessions. Dena is a graduate of the prestigious Loyola Marymount University Yoga Therapy program, and the Belly Mind Institute Ayurvedic Counselor program. She has also extensively trained in the areas of chronic pain, autoimmune issues, women’s health, anxiety & depression, aging populations, and Restorative Yoga. Please visit her website for personal contact and more information: yogideeyoga.com

Adam Selkowitz, Chairman of the Board, Lupus LA

Adam Selkowitz is the founder and owner of Waterfall Films. He initially pursued an acting career, receiving a degree in Drama from Ithaca College. Adam then spent 6 years in New York, working mostly with an improv/sketch comedy group that he created called Spilt Milk. Spilt Milk performed across the country at comedy clubs, colleges and corporate events and was the official sketch comedy group at Caroline’s Comedy Club on Broadway for several years. Following his run with Spilt Milk, Adam moved to Los Angeles and switched from acting to production in creating Waterfall Films. The company’s original project, Greener Mountains, is an award-winning independent film available on Amazon Prime and other streaming services. Currently, the company has multiple projects in active development and has focused more recently on obtaining intellectual property rights around those projects.

In 1987 Adam was diagnosed with lupus and in 1999 he co-founded Lupus LA with Dr. Daniel Wallace and a small group of committed board members. Adam has led Lupus LA as Chairman of the Board for most of the last 20 years and has been at the forefront of the organization’s accomplishments, including raising over $10 million for lupus research, bringing a robust patient services program to Southern California and raising more global awareness for lupus than ever before. In addition, Adam is a member of the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors and sits on their Leadership Council. He is also an Ambassador for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.


This conference is free for lupus patients to attend and is funded in part by GSK, Mallinckrodt, and PhRMA.