The Rising Workplace, Pllc | Health, Safety & Ergonomics
Health | Safety | Ergonomics

Our Team

Meet our certified specialists in ergonomics, injury prevention, and workplace health.


Dr. Nikki Williamson Weiner, OTD, OTR/L, AOEAS  

LEad Ergonomic Specialist, Clinical Director & Co-FOunder

Greenville South Carolina ergonomics and ergonomic assessment

Dr. Nikki Weiner OTD, OTR/L, AOEAS is a licensed occupational therapist and co-founder of The Rising Workplace. Trained as an Advanced Office Ergonomics Assessment Specialist (AOEAS), Nikki leads The Rising Workplace’s office, healthcare and home office ergonomic teams. Nikki performs workplace ergonomic assessment, consulting, and training in settings that range from corporate to home offices.  Nikki’s work centers on the dynamic relationship between personal, environmental, and occupational factors in the workplace, with outcomes focused on employee engagement, performance and well-being.

Her areas of clinical expertise include task analysis, assessment, and cognitive intervention. Other professional roles include serving as a clinical educator, researcher, and practitioner in the adult neuro-rehabilitation field. Nikki’s professional work has been published in The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, OTJR: Occupation, Participation, and Health, and Today in OT magazine.

Nikki earned a Bachelors in Biological Sciences from the University of Georgia and a Doctorate of Occupational Therapy at Washington University in St. Louis.



Dr. Mark Kevern PT, DPT, SCS

Industrial Ergonomic SPECIALIST

OSHA Workplace Risk Assessment Charlotte, Greenville, Asheville

Dr. Kevern earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Duke University in 2004. He has extensive clinical expertise treating a wide variety of patients including professional and collegiate athletes, general orthopedic, and workers compensation. Dr. Kevern is a Sport Certified Specialist physical therapist and has previously served as the team physical therapist to the University of South Carolina Upstate athletics department. He has presented at numerous local, regional, and national meetings on injury prevention particularly in the area of upper extremity injuries.

Dr. Kevern’s experience developing injury prevention and performance enhancement programs for athletes provides him with a unique perspective when analyzing job demands, implementing workplace injury prevention, and creating on-site wellness programs. The core components of these programs involve accurately assessing and controlling environmental load and stress on the body while promoting optimal body mechanics by teaching efficient movement and coordination.


Jim Brunner, CHSP, has 15 years of experience in the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) field. His keen ability to identify simple steps to complex safety and regulatory problems often leads to additional enhancements in operational performance and efficiency (Engagement!). Getting individuals and teams to engage with best practice, rather than ‘minimum regulatory compliance’, is the goal.

Jim’s main areas of focus include workplace injury investigation and prevention, OSHA general industry training (respiratory protection, hazard communication, etc). Specialty programs include indoor air quality investigations, hazardous waste programs, general EHS policy & procedure development.

Jim earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Safety and Occupational Health Management, emphasis towards Industrial Hygiene, from The University of Findlay located in northwest Ohio.

Andre Arthur, MS, CRC, CEAS

Ergonomic Specialist
Washington D.C.

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Andre Arthur M.S., C.R.C., C.E.AS is a certified ergonomic and rehabilitation specialist with many years of experience working in occupational safety, corporate wellness, and vocational rehabilitation. After beginning his career in the vocational rehabilitation field Andre shifted his focus to injury prevention and ergonomics due to seeing the need for employer and employee education in this field. Since then, he has worked in office, hospital, and industrial work-spaces, creating and implementing injury prevention and ergonomic programs that include customized ergonomic assessments and training. Andre has provided ergonomic and health & wellness solutions for companies such as Kaiser Permanente, Nestle, and NBC. Andre is also a certified personal trainer with a passion for human movement and for helping people become the best versions of themselves.  Andre holds a Masters in Rehabilitation Science and a Bachelors in Exercise Science from the University of Maryland - Eastern Shore.


Karen has been in the rehabilitation and ergonomics field for 30 years and has extensive experience treating and preventing work-related injuries through ergonomic intervention and preventative strategies. After receiving her Bachelor’s in Physical Therapy from the University of North Dakota, Karen began her career treating acute musculoskeletal injuries in a physical therapy setting, transitioning to chronic pain management and injured worker rehabilitation programs. She then progressively shifted her focus to injury prevention through ergonomics and training. Karen’s passion is guiding and helping companies realize the importance of employee health and wellness and the positive impact a comprehensive ergonomics program will have on employee morale and the company’s bottom line.

Karen is trained in Ergonomics and Injury Prevention through Isernhagen Work Systems, Roy Matheson and Associates, and Humantech. Her varied experience provides a valuable perspective for helping her clients integrate, evaluate, and continually improve injury prevention and ergonomics strategies in their organizations. Karen’s clients have spanned a variety of settings including general office, aerospace manufacturing, general industry, medical assembly, healthcare, facilities/custodian, government, and education. In addition to ergonomics and injury prevention services, Karen is also well-versed in providing consultative services in developing/implementing reasonable accommodations in response to ADA accommodation requests.


Manisha Desai, MS, OTR is a licensed occupational therapist who began her career evaluating hand injuries and return to work programs in Dallas, Texas and Silicon Valley, California.

Manisha specializes in ergonomics, she has completed over 3,000 ergonomic assessments and has performed ergonomic training seminars for groups of 5-250 participants.

She has helped multiple Fortune 500 companies in reducing workplace injuries related to musculoskeletal disorders. Her areas of expertise include repetitive motion injuries and back safety. Both of which have been the focus of her career for the past 20 years in a variety of industries.

Manisha believes in the adage that ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’. This philosophy is what motivates her to help employees in all settings get back to their occupations of work and play.

Diane Haudrich, CEAS III, LPTA

Ergonomic Specialist
St. Louis, MO

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Diane Haudrich, CEAS III, LPTA is a certified ergonomic specialist serving the greater St. Louis area. Diane has over 20 years of experience delivering a diverse set of ergonomic services to office, health care, and industrial settings. Her expertise ranges from ergonomic assessments and pre-employment testing to material handling and customized workshops. Diane assisted in developing the healthcare ergonomics program in Barnes-Jewish Hospital where her contributions have been nationally recognized, which include being a runner-up in the Ergo Cup. She has been trained by the Back School of Atlanta to facilitate ergonomics and injury prevention workshops in any workplace setting. Diane is proficient at making both detailed recommendations and on-the-spot adjustments to help reduce pain and prevent further injury. She also utilizes her training as a certified Yoga instructor to help clients avoid musculoskeletal disorders through a better understanding of how their body mechanics and job tasks interact.

Rachel Meyer, OTR/L, CEASII

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Rachel Meyer, OTR/L, CEASII, AOES has been a licensed occupational therapist since 2000. She has a background in patient care and has specialized in ergonomics since 2008. Having had performed hundreds of ergonomic assessments, Rachel has co-lead ergonomic teams and has worked closely with large municipalities. Her areas of clinical expertise include task analysis, assessment, functional capacity evaluations and return to work programs. A strong believer in health and wellness, Rachel brings a holistic approach to optimizing the workspace and environment for an employee’s best work life experience. Rachel earned a Bachelors of Science in Occupational Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a proud wife and mother to a beautiful little girl, and provides education on toxic free living in her free time.


Melinda Pricken, OTR/L is a licensed occupational therapist providing ergonomic services to Greater New York City.

Melinda’s extensive career thus far has seen her perform advanced ergonomic office assessments in corporate settings to managing an occupational health clinic in a large industrial food manufacturing facility. She has trained and taught on a wide array of progressive equipment for healthcare and medical settings. Melinda has performed ergonomic assessments for such clients as HBO and NBC.

Always driven to succeed, Melinda earned a Bachelors in Recreation Administration with a minor in American Sign Language at Kean University and a Masters of Occupational Therapy at Kean University in New Jersey.

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Dr. Scott Diamond, DC provides ergonomic assessment, training and consulting services to the Greater Boston area. As an experienced ergonomist and chiropractor, Dr. Diamond is committed to alleviating pain, improving health and increasing workplace performance.

Establishing Diamond Chiropractic in 1996, Dr. Diamond leverages his experience and expertise to evaluate and educate on optimal work environments that promote employee health and productivity. He is a frequent public speaker on health care topics and promoting healthy lifestyles.

Dr. Diamond is a graduate of Northeastern University and earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life University.

David Weiner, LCSW

Service Coordinator
& Co-Founder

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David has over 15 years of experience as an administrator and licensed behavioral health professional in both public and private sectors. David has developed and evaluated public health programs in schools, hospitals and private organziations.

David works with businesses to measure workplace trends that affect performance, retention and engagement. 

As a clinical therapist by trade, he enjoys expanding his focus to organizations, that are, after all, only as healthy as the individuals that comprise them. David is extensively trained in disability rights regulations including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). He received his Masters in Social Work at the University of Georgia.