About Us

About Empowerment

Based in Ithaca, New York, Empowerment Ergonomics began as a partnership of Registered Occupational Therapists with a common vision of delivering unique services to our clients where they live and work. Empowerment's core team of professionals has now grown to 5 OTs and a Registered Dietitian, all experienced in improving human performance and environments. Our broad spectrum of health care, fitness instruction, environmental accessibility, ergonomics evaluation credentials and our ever-growing network of providers ensures a comprehensive approach and custom expertise for each client.


Todd Baker, OTR/L, CEES, Principal and Co-Founder

A Registered Occupational Therapist, Todd brings diverse rehabilitation expertise and clinical experience in the management of work related injuries as a foundation for Empowerment's ergonomics and accessibility consultation. He is a Certified Ergonomics Evaluation Specialist (CEES) with an advanced certification credential. Todd is a nationally recognized expert in office seating, custodial and maintenance work, hotel housekeeping and work wellness program development. His work enhancement experience includes the development and implementation of injury prevention programs in university, industrial, technology research and development, hospitality, financial service, small business and office settings. Todd coordinates the Cornell University Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Program, directing campus-wide ergonomics assessment and training initiatives.

Meredith MacLeod, OTR/L, CEAS, Consultant

Meredith's occupational therapy background includes significant clinical experience in adult rehabilitation settings. A Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist, she delivers Empowerment's on-site work evaluation services and is a primary field consultant to the Cornell University Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Program. Meredith specializes in office ergonomics with experience in a wide variety of administrative, business service and academic environments. Meredith is also a valuable resource to clients in laboratory settings providing design and equipment solutions to promote injury prevention.

Scott Jones, MS, OTR/L, CAPS, SRES, Consultant

A unique combination of credentials - Occupational Therapist (OTR/L), Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS), Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES-Maryland) and Licensed Maryland Home Improvement Specialist - and field experience enable Scott to deliver clinical, real estate, design and construction expertise to clients in all phases of environmental design and modification. He has acquired, evaluated and adapted numerous homes to enable seniors and people with injuries or disabilities to live and work independently. Scott’s unique perspective allows Empowerment to support regional employers in several ways: at-work mobility design and adaptation, disability accommodation and job placement, and home/community accessibility.

Cristin Baker, RD, ACE, Consultant

Cristin is a Registered Dietition and group exercise instructor certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE). Cristin contributes nutrition, fitness and lifestyle content and consulting to Empowerment's offering. She also practices as a clinical dietition in Ithaca, NY, and has been instrumental in promoting community awareness through cardiac health and childhood wellness programs. Cristin served on the Southern Tier Dietetic Association's Board of Directors as Coordinator of National Nutrition Month.

Carrie Hathaway, MS, OTR/L, Consultant

Carrie is passionate about the Occupational Therapy profession’s holistic approach to health promotion. Previously, Carrie focused on adult rehabilitation in all stages of recovery from life-altering injuries and health conditions emphasizing well-balanced life styles. She has dedicated the last several years of her career to preventing injuries and maximizing health through ergonomics. She has developed strategies for individuals and large multinational companies to impact workplace culture, promote safety and optimize productivity.