July 22 2020 BenefitsChat – Follow Up Resources


Here are the resources that were mentioned during our July 22, 2020 BenefitsChat.

The presentation can be accessed here:

From Workwell: 3 new peer reviewed publications in the Work Journal’s ME/CFS Special Edition: One on PEM, one on CPET and one on saline.  https://content.iospress.com/journals/work/66/2.

Dr. Dowell was kind enough to share and provide these three resources:

Another resource that was brought up was the film Unrest, (https://www.unrest.film/) from Jennifer Brea (http://www.jenniferbrea.com/)

This link will guide you to a July 2019 webinar from the Solve ME/CFS Initiative where Andrew Kantor discusses the ERISA disability claims and appeals process.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aKr5W4R5GQ&feature=youtu.be


Our Panelists:



Attorney Andrew Kantor

Andrew’s practice is focused primarily on helping individuals obtain wrongfully denied disability and life insurance benefits in both the ERISA and non-ERISA (bad faith) policies. Since beginning his career at Kantor & Kantor, Andrew has helped hundreds of clients secure wrongfully denied disability. Andrew has recently been named as a member of the Community Advisory Council at the Solve ME/CFS Initiative. Andrew also serves on the Board of The Elder Law and Disability Rights Center. In addition, his efforts have been recognized by Super Lawyers, being named a 2019 Rising Star in Southern California




Dr. Theresa Dowell

Dr. Dowell is a family nurse practitioner and a physical therapist whose private practice specializes in the treatment of Fibromyalgia and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS). She has a Doctorate in Nursing Practice and Master of Nursing Science from Duke University as well as a Master of Physical Therapy from Northern Arizona University. She has trained at the Bateman Horne Center for ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia, the Stanford Chronic Fatigue Initiative Center and under John Chia, MD of ID Medical Associates. She is a member of the US ME/CFS Clinicians Coalition and has co-authored ME/CFS clinician guidelines with the Coalition.




Dr. Christopher Snell

Dr. Christopher Snell has over 20 years’ experience studying ME/CFS and in particular the post-exertional fatigue and malaise that typifies this illness. He is part of a group that was among the first to advocate for use of cardiopulmonary exercise testing to measure fatigue in ME/CFS research. Together they have probably conducted more exercise tests with patients than anyone. Their two-day exercise testing protocol has potential to be a biomarker for both pathology and function in ME/CFS. Dr. Snell is a former chair of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee (CFSAC) to the U.S. Secretary for Health. He has published extensively on ME/CFS and lectured in the USA and abroad, including invited presentations for the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration.




Moselle C. Leland was born and raised in Southern California. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of California, Los Angeles with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She completed her legal studies at Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles.

Ms. Leland has always had an interest in the rights of individuals with disabilities. While in college, she worked for a disability attorney and volunteered at the Braille Institute as a teaching assistant for blind students. During law school, she studied disability rights. Ms. Leland can also speak conversational Spanish.

In addition to being a member of NOSSCR, Moselle is a past chairperson of the Orange County Bar Association Social Security section and has spoken at patient support groups. Moselle has handled cases at all adjudicatory levels, including the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.


We look forward to holding another BenefitsChat soon.

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