www.advanceweb.com | HEALTHCARE CAREERS | 2018 27 10 years and owns a distribution and educa- tion company in Denver called Sports and Healthcare Solutions LLC. He also recently launched a distribution platform called Biomechanikits. Dr. Cronin earned his CSCS (certified strength and conditioning specialist) in 2007 while still in physical therapy school and his OCS (orthopedic clinical specialist) in 2012. “For the CSCS, I was already working as a personal trainer at the time and it just made sense to gain more understanding about the post-rehabilitation environment,” he told ADVANCE. “By earning that certification, I could better communicate and work with other trainers when I became a physical thera- pist. In pursuing the OCS, I wanted to under- stand orthopedics in a more in-depth capacity. There wasn’t any specific financial reward to either, I just sought to expand my skills as a clinician.” In terms of creating career opportunities, Dr. Cronin believes the CSCS has helped a little, but not so much as his orthopedic certification. “The OCS really prepared me not only for working in the clinic but also teaching courses,” he said. “Having a solid foundation of knowledge for all orthopedic conditions has enhanced my treatment of sports injuries, as well as enabled me to provide greater breadth and depth in relating instructional material to clinical relevance.” LIFELONG LEARNER Jim Wagner, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, CPAM, CSCS, CKTP, is an occupational therapist and certified hand therapist who serves as team leader at the hand/upper-extremity center of The Guthrie Clinic in Sayre, PA, as well as an adjunct professor in the occupational therapy programs at Keuka College in Keuka Park, NY, and Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. “I began my occupational therapy career in 1994, but my first love was actually bodybuild- ing/powerlifting,” Dr. Wagner told ADVANCE. “So earning my CSCS in 1999 was a natural pro- gression that has allowed me to ‘marry’ exer- cise with the holistic aspect of occupational therapy. I’m able to prescribe individualized exercise programs that have lasting benefits for my patients after their acute phases of rehabilitation.” As a specialist in the treatment of upper-ex- tremity musculoskeletal/neurological condi- tions, Dr. Wagner added that earning his CHT (certified hand therapist) in 2001 was a career highlight. “I had read every book and research study, participated in every continuing education course, and took advantage of every oppor- tunity to be mentored for eight years prior to taking the CHT exam,” he related. “This cre- dential has enabled me to truly understand the complexity of the hand and upper extremity. As a result, I can provide my patients with very efficient and effective interventions.” In 2008, Dr. Wagner augmented his clin- ical expertise even further by obtaining a HEALTHCARE CAREERS 2018  |  CERTIFICATION