The history of Complex Rehab Technology has almost exclusively occurred within the past 60 years. A young industry, CRT history is rich with legendary innovators, influential leaders, passionate clinicians, brilliant engineers, dedicated manufacturers, and powerful brands. This article is part 2 in the series covering the history of CRT in North America, this time with the focus on seminal events and trailblazers whose work from the 1960’s into the mid-1990’s served to shape the CRT seating and positioning industry of today. Most documentation of key events in CRT history lives in the memories of CRT veterans. This article will help transfer that knowledge to future generations.
Authors: Tom Borcherding, Tom Whelan
- Be able to describe elements of the “societal awakening” and the “birth of rehab engineering” that occurred in the 1970 which contributed to the formation of the CRT Seating and Positioning industry
- Be able to identify trailblazing inventions and inventors that shaped the field of Seating and Positioning from the 1960’s into the1990’s
- Be able to list notable individuals (clinicians, researchers, educators) and institutions whose work contributed to the formation and growth of the field of Seating and Positioning from the 1960’s into the 1990’s
Tom Borcherding has spent his full career in the Complex Rehab Technology field, working in customer service and sales forEverest and Jennings, sales management and executive leadership for ROHO, global leadership for Permobil and now serving asSenior VP of Business Development for LUCI. Tom earned his Bachelor’s degree from Miami University (OH) and is proud to be aCharter FON. Tom lives in Chesterfield, MO with his wife Jan and teenagers Kaelin (18) and Kyle (17). Outside of work, you willlikely find Tom attending one of his kids’ games, working in his yard, or enjoying a round of golf.