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, 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.

What People Say About Us

Jim Mecham was the course instructor for the On Demand course. He is a very good speaker, very relaxed ,and very knowledgeable. He made a 7-hour video very tolerable.

David Velasco
XOOM/PayPal

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

Jim Mecham was an excellent presenter, was well organized, and answered all questions. The course exceeded my expectations. I have a MUCH clearer understanding of the ergonomic evaluation process.

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SC Johnson

As an experienced office ergonomic consultant, I highly recommend the Office Ergonomic Course. Jim is an engaging presenter and the content, principles, and application were excellent. I am very pleased with my experience and plan to take additional courses from OccuPro in the future.

Scott Salee
ROC Physical Therapy & Injury Prevention Ergonomics

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

Exceptional as always! Jim is a wealth of knowledge and based on his presentations you know he continues to review the latest research, literature, and incorporates it into the lectures and software.

Karen Spiecher, OTR/L
Physiotherapy Associates

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 was very knowledgeable about the ins and outs of functional capacity evaluations and how they should be performed. He gave great insides and practical knowledge based on his years of experience in this field. He was patient, approachable, and hands-on.

Brian Cupit, DPT
Concentra Health Solutions

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

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 couldn't have been better! Eric was very knowledgeable from his own experience and presented all info very well. He was very thorough, a great communicator, open to all questions, and did an excellent job overall.

Jill Bailey, PT, DPT
Makovicka PT

The course was great! I learned so much! It went by fast! Eric was full of energy. Thank you for the delicious lunch each day! :)

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