Meet our Course Instructors

Jim Mecham, MSIE, OTR/L, CPE

Jim Mecham, MSIE, OTR/L, CPE

Owner/Partner, Senior Vice President of Sales

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

Director of Business and Network Development

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

Clinical Account Executive

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 functional capacity evaluations, including job specific and baseline for disability claims, and has worked in the clinic developing and implementing work hardening/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 MS, OTR/L, 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.

What People Say About Us

Jim Mecham and Vic Zucccarello were very prepared, knowledgeable, and complemented each other well. 

Trevor Harbin, OTR/L
Ortho Georgia

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

Christopher Due
St. Lukes University Hospital Network

Jim did a nice job of presenting the info and interjecting his professional experiences. The content enhanced my knowledge of performing and interpreting FCEs. This was one of the better courses I have taken in years.

Gerard Dybel, PT, ScD, GCS
Clinical Rehab Specialists

Jim was very professional and business like. He was able to reach out to the class and create class participation. Jim being down to earth really relaxed the class! 

Woodrew F. Hepler
Arkansas Dept. of Corrections

The comprehensive FCE + RTW + WH/WC Certification Course was great! Very informative and Jim was awesome at answering all questions that we had. This course helped me realize all of the options that we have to establish and continue a great work hardening/conditioning program at our clinic. I would recommend this course to any clinician who is looking to grow this area of their practice.

Maura Sundseth, PT,DPT

Eric was a FORCE. I loved everything about his style of presentation. He was VERY clear and made sure we got it.

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Aspirus

Jim Mecham does a GREAT job of making a new subject or area of practice fun, but also educational. He's mighty experienced in this area. The course exceeded my expectations.

Tom Rothery, MS, OTR/L
OccuCare

I participated in the Industrial Ergonomics Evaluator Course. Jim was great! He made ergonomics come alive with video. We applied our new skills right away, in the classroom. It was one of the best courses I have taken.

Charlene Stafford, PT
Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers

Eric was engaging, provided quality feedback, answered all questions throughout the day, and encouraged conversation. He was a dynamic speaker!

Elizabeth Veller, PT, DPT
Texas Health Resources

The course exceeded all expectations. I gained valuable information that makes me feel competent enough to do an office ergonomic evaluation. I liked how Jim didn't just read info off the slides, instead he added experiences and examples that enhanced the information.

Ursula Booth, PT
Team Rehabilitation

This was my first On Demand course and I liked it. I appreciated that Jim was mindful of the fact that he was on video. It is nice to be able to pause and repeat the information as needed.

Susan Hardesty, MS, OTR
Eskenazi Health

Jim Mecham was very enjoyable and modified the course to fit our knowledge base!

Brenda Castellano, PTA
Ministry Health Care St. Joseph's
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