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

For 16 years, I performed 5,000 FCEs in a well known FCE protocol and I wanted a different perspective in FCE methodologies. I found that in OccuPro. I have a mobile FCE practice with 30 locations and it has grown tremendously. Mr. Mecham's healthy perspective in teaching the different perspectives while concluding that a particular FCE protocol is clinically sounder has helped me deliver a better product to my referral sources.

Michael Ferder
Mobile FCE Consultants

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

Eric was great. He was very knowledgeable and engaging. He answered all questions and emphasized essential aspects of the functional capacity evaluation from various view points.

Daniel Godio
Concentra

Eric was an excellent teacher. He went at a good pace, always stopped for questions to make sure everyone understood, and was very knowledgeable. I was not expecting as much breakdown/guidance on billing and how to self-generate new referrals.

Michael Brown, PT, DPT
Team Rehabilitation

Jim Mecham had an awesome personality, explained topics clearly, and answered all questions positively!

Jessica Haaf, DPT
AquaCare Rehabilitation

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

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

The course material was wonderful. It was the perfect amount of instruction, practical learning, and real-world circumstances from the instructor's professional career.

Matt Copeland, CEOE
Solutions Northwest, Inc.

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

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

I enjoyed the way Eric taught the course and his willingness to engage all audiences. He took time to explain and demonstrate in a way to get to all participants in the course.

Dustin Blankington, OTR
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