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.


Courses

Functional Capacity Evaluation Certification Course
Advanced Functional Capacity Evaluation Course
FCE + RTW + WH/WC Certification Course
Work Hardening/Conditioning Training Course
Post Offer/Pre Employment Testing Certification Course
Industrial Ergonomic Evaluator Certification Course
Office Ergonomic Evaluator Certification Course

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.


Courses

Functional Capacity Evaluation Certification Course
FCE + RTW + WH/WC Certification Course

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.


Courses

Functional Capacity Evaluation Certification Course
FCE + RTW + WH/WC Certification Course
Work Hardening/Conditioning Training Course

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.


Courses

FCE + RTW + WH/WC Certification Course
Post Offer/Pre Employment Testing Certification Course

What People Say About Us

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 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

Eric is very passionate and invested in these programs. The fact that he is offering to be accessible after the course, puts me at ease. He did a wonderful job. Thank you for sharing all of your knowledge.

Trina Owings, AT
Adena Health System

Eric is a regular guy and relates to everyone in a likable manner. It's easy to see why he's successful with OccuPro.

Brian Swartzendruber, PT
Team Rehab

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 made watching the course On Demand very interesting and was able to maintain attention through interaction with everyone in the room. Keep doing exactly what you've been doing because I thought it was great!

Joshua Dahl, MS, ATC
Winona Health

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

Eric Ahonen was more than adequately prepared to present. He was very clear and concise with his presentation and always open to questions. Job well done!

Chris Leighton
Concentra Integrated Services

Excellent course, Eric clearly has exceptional knowledge in the software and OccuPro approach. All explanations were clear and concise. I have been impressed with the customer service provided with the program. I know that any question will be answered quickly and accurately.

Lisa Jackowiak, DPT
Thunder Bay Therapy

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

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

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
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