Strides For Strong Bones is a registered Washington State 501(c)(3) IRS non-profit organization. 

Board of Directors: 

Marla Emde, BS Public Health   

Marla Emde is our National Osteoporosis Foundation Fracture Liaison Services (FLS) and program coordinator. Marla specializes in program planning and health education, along with implementing screening efforts in the community. Marla is a certified Health Coach and SAIL Instructor, with a focus on Healthy Lifestyle Habits for improving health and reducing the risk of chronic disease. 

Joan Zimmer, ARNP

Country Home Nurse Practitioners, Spokane, WA

Janell Heinemann  

Mark Olson, MD 

Dr. Olson is one of the area's only orthopaedic surgeons with a clinic at NWOS, specializing in the management, treatment and prevention of osteoporosis.      

Dr. Olson is committed to falls prevention, fracture reduction and bone health education.  

For more information:

Lynn Kohlmeier, MD

Dr. Kohlmeier is an endocrinologist specializing in osteoporosis, parathyroid, pituitary, adrenal, and thyroid conditions. For the last twenty years, she has been involved in patient care, research, CME speaking, and community educational events in Spokane, Washington. 

Dr. Kohlmeier and Marla Emde are the co-founders of the annual, "Strides for Strong Bones Fun Run Walk", providing free community screenings and education about osteoporosis and the prevention of fractures.

Dr. Kohlmeier and her staff were in private practice in downtown Spokane from 1999 to 2014. From 2014 to 2018, their endocrine clinic was in the Spokane Valley with Spokane Internal Medicine, an independent group of primary care physicians and ARNPs.

Currently, Dr. Kohlmeier is working with several rural clinics in the region to continue to provide endocrine care and can be contacted​ here: (

For more information about Dr. Kohlmeier (click here)

Strides For Strong Bones

P.O. Box 9688

Spokane WA 99209-9688



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"Strides For Strong Bones" is also instrumental in developing Spokane/North Idaho area Fracture Liaison Services (FLS) Programs.