Alison Heller-Ono

Globally Recognized Ergonomics Expert and Speaker

Trusted Advisor - Valued Consultant

Founder and President/CEO of Worksite International, Inc.

I am passionate about how people work!

My passion runs deep since I started studying the relationship between how we work and work injuries over three decades ago.

As a PT pioneer in the ergonomics consulting industry since 1993, I have used my expertise, experience, know-how, and savvy to change the way people work from employee to employee, organization to organization resulting in improved employee health and organizational productivity.

I am a trusted advisor and valued consultant to my clients, many of whom I have worked with for over a decade or two. I have a distinguished career highlighted by a comprehensive body of work in ergonomics.

I have worked diligently to assure validation in the methods and theories utilized by Worksite International through periodic peer reviews, submission of research, and presentation to my peers at national and international conferences.

All this to guarantee my clients the best service and outcomes possible in the ergonomics industry to impact their organizational health, safety, and financial wellness.

More than a PT Ergonomist

I am a Surfer!
More than a PT Ergonomist
Me after a good session at my favorite break!

I learned to surf when I met my husband, Frank Ono, 26 years ago. He is an expert surfer and local legend. He told me he was known to "paddle out of relationships!"

Not without me! So he bought me a wetsuit and taught me how to surf!

The rest is history!

We've surfed and traveled the world from the coasts of California to Mexico, to Hawaii, the islands of Fiji, Galapagos Islands, Central America, Puerto Rico, and the west coast of France.

Surfing is a life-changing experience! It is the divine addiction. I cherish each wave I make and the experiences I've had to release me from my day to day work. Nothing makes me smile more than catching a good wave!

A Bit More About Me

I love my Poodles!

 I love my Poodles!
Me with Lulu and Boo Bear after a session. 

As a child, I had bad allergies to dogs and cats. So, when I learned as an adult, I could finally get a non-shedding pet with low dander, I wanted a poodle. It was Frank who convinced me we should get a Standard Poodle. 

First, there was Moka, the Chocolate Standard Poodle. Moka was the child I never had. Unfortunately, she passed too young at 8 years old from cancer. 

Then came Honolulu "Lulu" Latte, a dark chocolate turned white chocolate standard poodle. Lulu comes to work with me every day and is by my side all the time.  She loves the beach and is the happiest romping in the tide line with a ball in her mouth, chasing her brother, Boo Bear, the Apricot Standard Poodle.

Playing with Lulu and Boo is the 2nd best stress reliever to surfing!

Speaking Topics You'll Love and Learn From

Audiences appreciate and embrace Ergonomics

My keynotes focus on how the science of ergonomics impacts our new way of working, the individual, and the organization. Audiences leave with actionable, high-level strategies for personal, professional, and organizational improvement. I present live or online through virtual mediums. Let's talk about what your organization's interests are and I'll create a dynamic, engaging, and memorable program for you.

Alison presenting to an audience

Cost-Saving Prevention Strategies

  • Lean Up Your Ergonomics Process
  • So You Think Your Workplace is Ergonomic? Think Again!
  • Chair Fit or Failure
  • How to Succeed as a Certified Ergonomics Specialist
  • Our New Way of Working: Work@Home Remote Ergonomics

Cost-Saving Injury Management Strategies

  • Preventing and Controlling Workplace Injuries as Your Workforce Ages
  • Ergonomic Worksite Analysis: The Critical Link in Stay at Work/Return to Work
  • Being Reasonable Under Title I ADA-AA

Recent Podcast Interview

Podcast with Posture Stars

Podcast with Posture Stars

Listen to my podcast with Posture Stars regarding posture. James Crow and I discuss:

  • What defines posture
  • What makes good posture
  • How your chair affects your posture

Take a listen to this informative interview. 

The Speaking Show

Podcast With David Newman

Economics of Ergonomics

Listen in to this lively discussion with David Newman, my mentor.

In this episode, you'll learn:

  • My professional journey
  • What ergonomics is
  • How I got my business started
  • How I scaled my business
  • What an ergonomics process is
  • “Social distancing” from your laptop and more

Audience Feedback

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“Alison’s keynote address impressed and captivated both the delegates and other speakers on the subject of Participatory Ergonomics by clearly identifying the major issues. She also shared insightful solutions to achieve excellence via innovation in the prevention and management of work injuries. Alison has been a sheer pleasure to work with, both on a professional and personal level. Her upbeat personality and can-do attitude made it all the more enjoyable. Alison is a dynamic presenter who is sure to add tremendous value at any relevant local or international speaking opportunity.”

~ Mita N Parmar, Producer for IIR’s 13th Annual National Workers Compensation Summit, Melbourne Australia