Meet our Course Instructors

Jim Mecham, MSIE, OTR/L, CPE

Jim Mecham, MSIE, OTR/L, CPE

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

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

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 FCEs, including job specific and baseline for disability claims, and has worked in the clinic developing and implementing work 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.

Kevin Walker, COEE, LDO

Kevin Walker, COEE, LDO

Kevin Walker is a Licensed Optician who received his degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing from SUNY New York. Kevin has dual ABOC and NCLEC Certifications from the American Board of Opticianry. Kevin has worked at his own practice with Optometrists, Ophthalmologists and has led, spoken and developed several training programs. Kevin became Certified in Office Ergonomics via Occupro and formed “WorkSight ERGO”, specializing in Vision Ergonomics. He resides in Ohio and enjoys outside activities with his wife and daughter.

Our instructors value all that attend OccuPro trainings, therefore have no conflict of interest.

What People Say About Us

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

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

The course couldn't have been better! Eric was very knowledgeable from his own experience and presented all info very well. He was very thorough, a great communicator, open to all questions, and did an excellent job overall.

Jill Bailey, PT, DPT
Makovicka PT

Jim Mecham was very enjoyable and modified the course to fit our knowledge base!

Brenda Castellano, PTA
Ministry Health Care St. Joseph's

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

Trevor Harbin, OTR/L
Ortho Georgia

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

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 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 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

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

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

Jim was very informative and was able to answer all the questions asked. He also gave personal examples and research based evidence which I really enjoyed.

Courtney Pincin, OTR/L
Carlisle Regional Medical Center

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