Medela, advancing human health and wellbeing through knowledge-based and innovative human milk and medical vacuum solutions
Medela concentrates on two business units: "Human Milk" and "Healthcare". The “Human Milk” division is leading in the development and production of breast milk feeding products, the "Healthcare" division provides progressive solutions that make it easier for healthcare professionals to care for their patients.
Listen to host Eric Dye & guest Melissa Gonzales discuss the following:
- I understand you also has a nursing background which I am sure is quite helpful for your role at Medela.
- I didn’t realize that Medela had products beyond the Breast Feeding range. Tell me a little bit about your Healthcare division.
- How does Medela help these patients with their diabetic ulcers?
- So NPWT helps these patients’ wounds heal more quickly? What’s different about your product?
- So to clarify, you have a product which provides the reliability of normal NPWT but yet provides the convenience of a personal device?
- Let`s get into the details of your portfolio again - you offer a "classical" re-usable pump as well, correct?
- Sounds all quite practical to me. Here comes to my mind: if everything is so easy… can I change the wound dressing on my own as a patient?
- Are there really synergies between the Human Milk and the Healthcare segment?
Melissa Gonzales serves as managing director of the Medela USA business unit, the largest within the Medela group. In this position, she manages both the Human Milk and Healthcare businesses. The “Human Milk” division is leading in the development and production of breast milk feeding products, the "Healthcare" division provides progressive solutions that make it easier for healthcare professionals to care for their patients.
Melissa joined Medela in 2008 as vice president of the healthcare division, before moving to support the breast milk side of the business as vice president of professional business. Prior to her current role, Melissa served as the vice president of sales and channel management for human milk.
Actively involved in her community, Melissa serves as on the board of the Northern Illinois Chapter for March of Dimes, as well as Chair for the McHenry County March for Babies. She is an active member in the American Legion Auxiliary, University of Illinois Alumni Association, Professional Women in Healthcare and the National Association for Professional Women.
Melissa graduated with a BSN from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and received her M.B.A.from the Keller Graduate School of Management.
She currently maintains her license as Licensed Registered Nurse in State of Illinois.
Melissa lives in Tinley Park, Illinois with her husband and enjoys traveling, spending time with family and working on her golf game.