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CWR offers Injury Prevention and Return to Work programs such as Post Offer Testing, Back Schools, Post Injury Functional Capacity Evaluations, and Work Hardening. With locations in Lafayette, Louisiana and Houston, Texas, we are ready to serve you.
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Paul A. Fontana, OTR, F.A.O.T.A.

Owner/President of the Center For Work Rehabilitation, The Fontana Center

Paul Fontana is a registered and licensed Occupational Therapist with almost 35 years of professional experience.Since 1986 when Paul founded the Center for Work Rehabilitation, Inc.�, CWRhas been the industry leader in providing injury prevention, rehabilitation, and return to work programs to the business community.The Center for Work Rehabilitation, Inc.�s industrial programs include:

  • Development of quantifiable physical job descriptions and realistic post hire assessments of new hire employees utilizing real and simulated work in a non-climate controlled environment.
  • Back education, lifting and handling training programs.
  • Train the Trainer programs.
  • Ergonomic Consultation, Site Evaluation and Abatement Program.
  • Return to work programs including work hardening and functional capacity evaluations.

Paul Fontana is a frequent speaker at local, state and national seminars.In April of 2002 Paul was invited to testify before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Pension and Labor Committee on the Bush Administration�s OSHA Ergonomics Rules.Mr. Fontana is the only Occupational (or Physical) Therapist to ever testify before a U.S. Senate Committee. In November, 2002 representing the American Occupational Therapy Association, Mr. Fontana testified before OSHA in Washington, D.C. during the hearings on ergonomic guidelines for nursing homes.

On December 3, 2002, U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao announced the selection of Paul Fontana, Occupational Therapist and President/CEO of the Center for Work Rehabilitation, Inc at the Fontana Center, to OSHA�s National Advisory Committee on Ergonomics (NACE).The NACE Committee is to advise the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health on various issues related to OSHA�s �four-pronged� approach to reducing ergonomic-related injuries in the workplace.

Mr. Fontana is considered an expert by the Office of Worker�s Compensation, as well as the state and federal court systems in the following areas:

  • Industry Injury Prevention, Rehab, and Return to Work Programs
  • Work hardening
  • Functional capacity evaluations
  • Symptom magnification
  • Spinal and back rehabilitation
  • Ergonomics in the work place
  • The employment aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Recently, Paul Fontana has been chosen to receive the American Occupational Therapy Association (A.O.T.A.) Roster of Fellows Award at the 2005 Annual Conference and Exposition in Long Beach, California.

The Roster of Fellows recognizes members of A.O.T.A., who with their knowledge and expertise, have made a significant contribution to the continuing education and professional development of members of the Association. The award presented to Mr. Fontana will include recognition for contributions as an Occupational Therapist, Entrepreneur, Ergonomist, and Political Activist. It is one of the highest honors bestowed an A.O.T.A. member. For more information visit our web site at

Paul Fontana is currently consulting with over 40 companies which range from municipalities, oil and gas drilling exploration, production and service companies (including inland waterway and offshore vessels and tugs to wireline and casing companies, etc.) to manufacturing, warehouse, distributions, service and mining companies.