Meet our Course Instructors

Jim Mecham, MSIE, OTR/L, CPE

Jim Mecham, MSIE, OTR/L, CPE

Jim Mecham has dedicated his career to developing rehab programs which focus on returning injured workers back to work as soon as possible. His Bachelors of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy and Masters of Science in Industrial Engineering makes him a perfect fit to teach professionals the latest in industrial rehab and ergonomics. Jim is a Board Certified Professional Ergonomist who has developed multiple functional capacity evaluations with his crown jewel being the FCE within the OccuPro Software. Email Jim at jmecham@occupro.net.

Eric Ahonen, ATC, LAT, CFCE

Eric Ahonen, ATC, LAT, CFCE

With his Bachelor's Degree and license to practice as an Athletic Trainer, Eric Ahonen has dedicated his career to restoring human performance. His background in the workers' comp field has given him extensive knowledge in performing and creating FCEs, Functional Progress Notes, Functional Discharge Summaries, and work hardening/work conditioning programs. Eric is a Certified Functional Capacity Evaluator whose experience makes him an asset for anyone looking to build a successful FCE program. Email Eric at eahonen@occupro.net.

Paige Shafer, MS, OTR/L, CFCE, CEAS

Paige Shafer, MS, OTR/L, CFCE, CEAS

Paige Shafer received her Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy from Rush University in Chicago, IL. She has 17 years of clinical experience in hand therapy, industrial rehab, and ergonomics. She has performed hundreds of FCEs, including job specific and baseline for disability claims, and has worked in the clinic developing and implementing work conditioning programs. She is a Certified Functional Capacity Evaluator and a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist. She has performed ergonomic evaluations in the office and industrial environments, and has worked with employers developing job demands analysis and on-site injury prevention programs. Email Paige at pshafer@occupro.net.

Thomas Rothery, MS, OTR/L, CFCE

Thomas Rothery, OTR, CFCE

Thomas Rothery received his Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy from Rush University and has focused his practice on industrial rehab, work hardening, and FCEs. He has performed hundreds of functional capacity evaluations including job specific and baseline for disability claims and is a Certified Functional Capacity Evaluator. Mr. Rothery has worked closely with employers providing POETs, fit-for-duties, return-to-work examinations, on-site injury preventions, wellness programs, and job demands analysis.

Our instructors value all that attend OccuPro trainings, therefore have no conflict of interest.

What People Say About Us

Great course. Jim does a fantastic job explaining work hardening/conditioning programming and how to increase referrals to your program. A+ course!!!

Kris Lawson, PT
Tomah Memorial Hospital

The course was very educational but not in a stiff classroom way. It was relaxed and I felt very at easy. Jim Mecham took the time to explain anything you didn't understand.

Peggy Guertin, LPN
Ethan Allen

Eric Ahonen did an awesome job. He was very organized and presented concepts in an easy to follow manner — his pace was very conducive to learning. I didn't feel rushed and I was able to have all questions answered.

Jennifer Van Grinsven, OTR
Aspirus System

I like how Jim uses multiple forms of visual presentation. The On Demand POET course was great!

Christopher Due
St. Lukes University Hospital Network

Eric Ahonen was more than adequately prepared to present. He was very clear and concise with his presentation and always open to questions. Job well done!

Chris Leighton
Concentra Integrated Services

The course was great. I loved the material and Jim presented in such an easy-to-follow, easy-to-learn platform. Very conducive to learning and applying to your practice.

Lauren Larkey, PT, MTC, CEAS I
BenchMark Rehab Partners

Jim Mecham was very good! He was easy to understand, provided great PT examples, and related the material to rehab practices, which made the course very interesting.

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I like how Jim Mecham keeps you engaged. He is fun to listen to and you feel like the course is a casual conversation.

Damien Curtis, FMP
XOOM/PayPal

Great course! Jim presented well, was informed on topic, and provided very detailed personal experiences that aided in the course.

Kyle Kleppinger, ATC, LAT
Industry Health Solutions

The course exceeded my expectations! I was never bored, time went fast, the material provided was great and Jim Mecham was wonderful in all aspects. Best instructor I have had in a course.

Melody Jacobs
Osceola Medical Center

I thoroughly enjoyed Eric's level of enthusiasm and knowledge for the field. He was patient and confident with answering all questions.

Alexi Florian, OTR/L, CLT
Shirley Ryan Ability Lab

The course discussions as well as the info provided via written manual, powerpoint, and jim's brain. were very helpful :) This course has made me more comfortable performing functional capacity evaluations!

Michelle Gifford, Certified Athletic Trainer
Magnolia Regional Health
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