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

I enjoyed going out into the industry and actually following an employee to pick out their different criteria for evaluation. Also, Jim was very excited about the topic and knew a lot which relayed well when he presented.

Sydney Bryce, ATC, LAT
Industry Health Solutions

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 normally struggle doing continuing education via On Demand formats. However, the information and presentation method with OccuPro was engaging and very helpful. Nice job, Jim!

Jeffrey Johnson, MA, ATC
BTE Technologies

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 was apprehensive about taking the course online, but I was engaged the entire time and I don't feel like I missed out on anything but networking with those who would have been my classmates. Excellent job to Jim and the editors who put it together.

Elena Vega, LVN
CP Kelco

Jim's education, experience, and teaching skills provide the very best in learning and practical application. The information was excellent and useful.

Bradley Kenny, Chiropractor
Aurora

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

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

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

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 Mecham is one of the best instructors I have heard! He had a very kind, comprehensive and thorough approach, mixed with a little humor that kept the attention of the class.

Sherry Haupt, DPT

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
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