Our Journey: Transforming FCE Assessments and Tools
Metriks was founded by Kevin Cairns and Tim Bergelt, who combined their expertise in kinesiology and software engineering to create innovative Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) solutions. Friends, soccer teammates, and business partners for over 30 years, they have developed Metriks to address the needs of healthcare professionals in rehabilitation assessments.
Inconsistency in Traditional Treatment Outcome Measurement
While practicing as a kinesiologist, Kevin observed that treatment outcome measurement was inconsistent across clinics. Many clinics lacked a measurement system, and those that had one relied on patient self-reports of improvement or pain reduction. Kevin noted that the focus was on impairment reduction with little attention to return to function.
The Need for Education on Measuring Function
Our first educational course taught healthcare professionals how to perform a Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE). Attracting a wide range of healthcare professionals, including occupational therapists, chiropractors, kinesiologists, and physical therapists, the FCE certification course quickly became our most popular offering.
The Need for a Data Collection Platform and Report Writing System
The Metriks RAM online data collection platform, released in 2008, features test forms for completing an FCE and a report template to automate the report writing process. Metriks RAM now includes data collection forms for Disability Evaluations, Job Demands Analysis, Office Ergonomics, Gait and Balance testing, Cognitive testing, Fit for Duty testing, Post-offer Pre-Employment (POET) testing, and Psychometric testing.
The Need for Portable and Affordable Measurement Tools
Metriks has evolved from solely distributing other companies' products to designing our own Metriks measurement tools. Our lineup includes a digital inclinometer, push-pull force gauge, functional cube, and rehabilitation measurement stand. These tools can be combined into our portable and affordable FCE in a box.
We’re on a mission to equip healthcare professionals with the tools to measure and track a patient's rehabilitation progress.
We envision a world where all stakeholders in the rehabilitation process – patients, treating professionals, physicians, employers, and insurers – have objective and accurate measurements of a patient's level of function to guide them through the rehabilitation process.
Our values guide everything we do, from our mission to our collaboration with our clinical network.
Safety: Tests should not be expected to lead to injury.
Reliability: Measures from tests should produce consistent results.
Validity: Tests should measure what they were intended to measure.
Practicality: The time and cost involved in the design, administration, interpretation, and reporting of tests should be reasonable.
Utility: Results outlined in reports should be comprehensible to non-medical readers and provide useful information for all stakeholders.
Kevin is a graduate from the University of Waterloo with over 20 years of experience in teaching Functional Evaluations. Kevin is a faculty member at University of Guelph-Humber, teaching courses in Occupational Biomechanics and Functional Capacity Evaluations. He currently teaches for the Graduate Diploma in Professional Kinesiology at Lakehead University.
Dilara updates current Office ergonomic, Job demands analysis and FCE courses. Re-record videos and re-take pictures for the courses. Attend weekly meetings to develop new, innovative content. Create sell sheets and resources for Metriks.
Marketing and Communications
Reeya is responsible for digital marketing Metriks Educations software, equipment and courses through a variety of social media platforms daily. Reeya develops newsletters and blogs weekly. She is a Kinesiology graduate at the University of Guelph-Humber who enrolled in Kevins Functional Abilities Evaluation Course. She is passionate about Fitness and Health Promotion.