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Call for answers to your questions about kidney function, dialysis, keeping a job, Medicare, exercise, and more. With support from Sanofi Renal.

Links for Patients & Professionals

We have compiled hundreds of helpful links for both patients and professionals, and categorized them appropriately for your convenience. Select from the list at right to navigate our links.

For Meeting Planners and Editors

Life Options can help put meeting planners in touch with renal rehabilitation experts, both patients and professionals, to speak at meetings from the local to the national level. Life Options also links authors with editors of publications interested in rehabilitation topics. These experts have written articles for many publications, including American Journal of Kidney Diseases and For Patients Only.

Dori Schatell, Director, Life Options Rehabilitation ProgramDori Schatell, MS

Dori brings a life-long interest in medicine and more than 28 years as a senior medical writer and research and program manager to her role. She directs the Life Options Rehabilitation Program; has staffed the Anemia Work Group of the NKF-DOQI; and has authored/edited more than 200 published articles, books, booklets, brochures, and other materials.

She has a BA in Psychology and History of Medicine, and an MS in Child and Family Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Beth Witten, Social Worker, Life Options Rehabilitation ProgramBeth Witten, MSW, ACSW, LSCSW

A renal social worker since 1978, Beth has worked with the MEI team since 1993 as a contributing writer, researcher, technical consultant, and community outreach expert. She served on the work group that developed the NKF-DOQI Clinical Practice Guidelines for chronic kidney disease. She has expertise in employment issues for people with chronic diseases.

Beth holds an MSW from the University of Kansas.

Contact us if you're interested in contacting or scheduling a renal rehabilitation expert for your meeting.

Slide Presentations

We have collected slide presentations (available in both HTML and Microsoft PowerPoint formats) given to various audiences and covering different renal-related topics.

In order to view PowerPoint files, you will need Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer 2003 for PC or Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer 98 for Mac Classic. (Unfortunately, there is no PowerPoint viewer available for Mac OS X.)

How to Help Kidney Patients Live Long and Live Well: Lessons from Life Options

Presented by Dori Schatell, M.S.
Executive Director, Medical Education Institute
Director, Life Options Rehabilitation Program