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

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

I could tell that Jim is an expert in this field. Him and his staff are very approachable and responsive to any questions or concerns and seem to always go above and beyond in helping us. Great company to work with!

Jean Dutton, MS, LAT
Mile Bluff 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 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

I had never done an On Demand course before and to be honest thought it would be difficult to sit through. The course exceeded all expectations. Jim was very captivating, interesting, and to the point. He even has a great laugh!

Maria McInnis, Registered Kinesiologist
Manitoulin Health Centre

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 very good! He was easy to understand, provided great PT examples, and related the material to rehab practices, which made the course very interesting.

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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

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

The comprehensive FCE + RTW + WH/WC Certification Course was great! Very informative and Jim was awesome at answering all questions that we had. This course helped me realize all of the options that we have to establish and continue a great work hardening/conditioning program at our clinic. I would recommend this course to any clinician who is looking to grow this area of their practice.

Maura Sundseth, PT,DPT

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

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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