XcelABLE has been providing services since 2000 with a focus on helping an individual regain quality of life after suffering from a life-altering injury. Our focus provides a holistic approach and we provide tailored independent medical evaluations to assess function and work ability. We provide services throughout California in over 50 locations and work with multiple insurance companies, attorneys, and private clients.

Lisa Fitzpatrick DrOT, CHT,CAES is the Owner/Founder of XcelABLE (Ergo Links Inc). She has her post-professional doctorate degree in occupational therapy with a focus on disability management and return-to- work services. She has presented nationally on disability management, ergonomics, and functional capacity evaluations. She is part of the International FCE Society.

About Lisa

Lisa Fitzpatrick DrOT, CHT, CAE,CEAS

5580 La Jolla Blvd #47

La Jolla, CA.

(858) 444 6510


Work Experience:

11/2000-present XcelABLE (Ergo Links Inc.) Nationwide


  • Founder of company that provides return-to-work services and injury prevention services nationwide.
  • Perform functional capacity evaluations and train therapists on FCE protocols
  • Certified trainer with JTECH on FCE System
  • Provide expert witness testimony, case reviews, chart reviews, consultation, and occupational analyses on musculoskeletal disorders specifically related to upper extremity, ergonomics, and disability
  • Complete research on ergonomic design of medical equipment and office equipment
  • Consult in design of medical equipment and ergonomic design of office/manufacturing equipment.

11/07-2/09 UCSD San Diego

Hand therapist

  • Directly responsible for treating patients with hand/upper extremity injuries.

1997-2000 Health South Southern Florida

Hand therapist/Manager

  • Directly responsible for treating patients with hand or upper extremity injuries.
  • Managed over hand clinic by overseeing care provided by additional clinicians and students and completing all accounting duties.

1998-1999 Nova Southeastern University Florida

Graduate Assistant

  • Co-taught therapy courses to entry-level master occupational therapy students.
  • Completed research in ergonomics for both office and dental settings.

1995-1997 Dr. Daniel Labs Naples, FL

Hand therapist/Manager

  • Managed hand clinic directly associated with plastic surgeon/hand surgeon office in Naples, Florida and developed all policies and procedures for running clinic.
  • Directly responsible for patient evaluation and treatment and for overseeing care and treatment provided by other clinicians.

1993-1995: Various locations in the US

Traveling therapist

  • Clinical therapist for completing evaluations and providing/overseeing direct patient care
  • Provided off-site job analyses and workmen’s compensation evaluations for industrial and office workers

National Certifications:

  • Certified Hand Therapist
  • Certified Associate Ergonomist
  • Certified Ergonomist Associate Specialist
  • Certified Functional Capacity Evaluator


  • Occupational Therapist-California


2011-May 2016 Nova Southeastern University    Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Post professional Doctorate Degree in Occupational Therapy

1998-2000 Nova Southeastern University Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Graduate Courses towards Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (30 + credit hours)

1989-1993 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI

Bachelor of Science in Occupational therapy

Minor in Psychology

Graduated Cum Laude

Professional Organizations/Awards

2017: Nominated for Athena Award for Start-up in Technology

2016:  International FCE Organization (Founding members)

2009-2010Secretary-International Association of Rehab Professionals/California (2009-2011)


Fitzpatrick, L (2016). Doctoral Capstone Project: Grip Strength as a Predictor of Work Ability: A scoping review:  Nova Southeastern University

Fitzpatrick, L (2011). No quick fix for dealing with pain. TDIC Newsletter.

Fitzpatrick, L. (2011).  Diagnosing a patient as a faker. Today in OT.

Broering, L. (2006). Three Steps to Minimizing Hand Injuries in Dentistry. Privileges Newsletter.

Broering, L. (2005, October 1) Science of Ergonomics: Improving Performance and Preventing Injury.  Women’s Dental Journal.

Broering, L. (2005). Can Improper Fitting of Surgical Loupes contribute to back pain? Privileges Newsletter.

Broering, L & Murray, D. (2004-2005, Winter). Ergonomics to Economics. Sidekick, p. 28-30.


June 2017:  International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals: Presentation on Functional Capacity Evaluations.  Newport Beach, CA

September 2016:  International FCE Symposium: Presentation on Grip strength and work ability.  Amsterdam, Netherlands

March 8, 2016:  Research Methodology.  Ruskin, FL

March 15 & 16, 2014:  Functional Capacity Certification Seminar-Instructor. Los Angeles, CA.

November 11, 2012: Good Posture, Bad Posture, and Ergonomic Modifications for Dental Professionals. Concord Dental Society, Concord, NH.

October 5, 2012: Ergonomics and Dental Care Worker, Midmark Meeting, Versailles, Ohio

August 17, 2012: Biomechanics of Motion and Importance Of Stretching for Injury.  Monterey Dental Society, Monterey, CA.

May 4, 2012:  Good Posture, Bad Posture, Ergonomics and the Dental Practitioner, California Dental Association Meeting.  Anaheim, CA

April 19, 2012:  Ergonomic Presentation:  Midmark Dental Corporation:  Versailles, OH.

August 25, 2011: Ergonomics Presentation: Sonoma Dental Society, Monterey, CA

May 3, 2010: Ergonomics and FCEs: San Diego Hand Therapy Society, San Diego, CA

May 10, 2010:  Risk, Pain, Profitability:  CDA Dental Society, Anaheim, CA

May 21, 2009:  Importance of ergonomics in disability claim management:  DRMS: Portland, ME

May 20, 2009: Ergonomic Training: Henry Schein, Milwaukee, WI

April 30, 2009:  Importance of ergonomics in disability claim management:  Berkshire Life, Berkshire, MA

February 18, 2009:  Ergonomic Training:  Henry Schein, Milwaukee, WI

January 26, 2009:  Ergonomics for Disability Insurance Companies:  Guardian Insurance.  Bethlehem, PA.

December 5th, 2008:  Change:  Necessary for Success/Necessary for Survival:  Bishop Ranch Conference Center:  San Ramon, CA.

May 16, 2008:  Ergonomics as part of the return to work process:  National International Association of Rehab Professionals: Beverly Hills, CA

February 29, 2008:  Change:  Necessary to Survive and Necessary to Succeed:  Eastern New Mexico Dental Society:  Ruidoso, New Mexico

February 20, 2008:  Ergonomics and the Disability Management Process:  Guardian Insurance Company:  Bethlehem, PA.

January 29, 2008:  Ergonomics As Part of the Return to Work Process:  Unum Provident Insurance Company:  Worcester, MA

January 28, 2008:  Ergonomics As Part of the Return to Work Process:  Mass Mutual Insurance Company, Enfield, CT

November 9, 2007:  Dentistry and Ergonomics:  Is it necessary to change?  Lincoln Hospital GPR Resident Group:  Bronx, NY

March 8, 2007:  Risk, Pain, Profitability: Western Regional Dental Society:  Phoenix, AZ

September, 2006:  Posture and Pampering Lecture:  San Diego Dental Society, San Diego, CA

July 2006:  Change and Survival:  Orange County Dental Society:  Orange, CA.

May 26, 2006:  Ergonomics and the Health Care Worker, US Department of Health and Human Services, Indian Health Services.

May 2006:  Ergonomics in Dental Care:  Why should you implement ergonomics into your practice:  USC Dental School:  Los Angeles, CA.

April 26, 2006:   Risk Pain and Profitability:  District of Columbia Dental Society:  Washington DC.

March, 2006:  Why, what, when, where, how?:  Arizona Dental Meeting:  Phoenix, AZ.

February, 2006:  What components make a product ergonomically correct?: Pelton and Crane/KaVo Training:  National Sales Meeting: Huntington Beach, CA

January, 2006: A proper ergonomic set-up in the dental operatory:  LVI Institute:  Washington DC.

January, 2006:  Ergonomics and dental equipment:  Sirona National Sales Meeting:  Charlotte, NC.

May 12, 2005:  Risk, Pain, and Profitability:  140th Annual Charter Oak Dental Meeting.  Connecticut.

March, 2005:  Dental Ergonomics:  Livonia, Michigan.

March 2005:  Pain in Dentistry:  Ergonomic changes for a more productive dental office:  Mars, PA.

January 1, 2005:  Risk, Pain, and Profitability:  Dallas County Dental Society:  Dallas, TX

November 6, 2004:  Table Clinic Presentation:  New England Dental Society:  Massachusetts.

July 2004:  Ergonomics in Dentistry:  Sullivan Schein National Sales Meeting:  Boca Raton, FL.

May 2003:  Benefits of Implementing Ergonomic Practices:  Unum Provident:  Worcester, MA.

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