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

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

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

The course definitely exceeded my expectations. Jim was excellent, extremely knowledgable, and very helpful.

Diane Barrickman
ATTACHI Physical Therapy

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 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

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

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

Trevor Harbin, OTR/L
Ortho Georgia

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

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

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

The On Demand course surpassed all of my expectations! I expected to lose interest but Jim Mecham was very engaging, informative, took feedback/questions from the attendees and gave detailed answers!

Adam Muheisen, PT Technician
Michigan Neurology
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