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.

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.

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.