The Inmate Wheelchair, designed by Dr. Jane Hermes
Dr. Jane Hermes is the President of Turbo Wheelchair Company, Inc. Dr. Hermes is a tireless advocate communicating the needs of the mobility limited and their caregivers for design of stylish, durable, lightweight wheelchair products that provide good value. Her goal is to provide products that allow mobility limited individuals to overcome the image of disability that the world associates with the use of a wheelchair.
Dr. Hermes received her BS in Psychology from New York University and worked as an IT professional for IBM in the 1970's operating some of IBM's earliest computers. She traded her data interests for a human focus and received her DC from Life University, Marietta, GA whereupon she served the public by establishing and operating her own chiropractic practice for 14 years. Dr. Hermes holds a Diplomate in Orthopedics from Los Angeles Chiropractic University.
In 1992 Dr. Hermes established Turbo Wheelchair Company, Inc. Along with an associate she outlined the characteristics of the first all synthetic-resin lightweight manual wheelchair. Their concept was to provide a plastic wheelchair with the advantage of a lightweight chair, easily assembled and offering extraordinary durability.
She developed the Merlexi CraftTM series of colorful, lightweight, plastic chairs with funding from the National Institute of Health's Small Business Innovative Research program.