Meet the Team
Dr. Walter Leise III
CSO/ President/ CEO
Over the last twenty years, Dr. Leise held several leadership positions. Within Abbott, he has led with Abbott’s Diagnostic Division as a Group leader in Biologic Process Development. Within Abbott’s Global Pharmaceutical Research Division, he led the Molecular Biology group that creates recombinant biologics, recombinant proteins, and optimized antibody-biologics.
Dr. Leise has earned five degrees, AAS, AAS, BS, Ph.D. and MBA, all with honors. He is an Airborne and Air Assault certified decorated combat veteran who served as an Air Assault attack helicopter squad leader and crew chief. He gives back to the community as a coach and has served on the Sarasota Junior Football Association board for five years and has led that organization as its president for three years.
Dr. Leise also participates on advisory Biotech and Entrepreneur committees for SCF. As the CEO/President/CSO of Sarasota Medical Product, he moved SMP from a start-up idea to a Florida company to watch in 2018. The transition of SMP was a multi-stage evolution to get to where it is today. Initially, he was the first investor into the idea of a private label Ostomy and wound care company but took control as the idea started to turn. He discovered how to make a hydrocolloid adhesive that could be removed by stretching and breaking the adhesive bonds to itself.
During this process, he observed and discovered a way to make moldable and stretchable adhesives that swell and seal as it absorbs liquid. Most importantly, he developed a completely novel, non-silver, antibacterial hydrocolloid for wound care, and Ostomy care. Today, SMP sells to over 20 brands, develops and manufactures skin-friendly adhesives that are custom designed to meet the features and benefits their customers’ wish to bring to patients.
Shelly J. Martin-Snedden
Quality Assurance Specialist
Shelly has been with Sarasota Medical Products since August of 2019 working as a Quality Assurance Specialist. A goal-driven team leader, quality assurance associate, and dedicated professional, Shelly has over 21 years of offering practical and progressive career success in Operational and Quality Assurance Management. She has been recognized for her performance through hands-on leadership, training, development initiatives. This includes the development and implementation of solid quality assurance procedures. Shelly is excellent at forging solid bonds between the company, management, and staff at all levels. She also helped rebuild SMP’s Quality Management Systems according to ISO 13485 and MDSAP requirements.
Completion & Certification of ISO 13485:2016 & ISO 19011:2018 Lead Auditor Training with 21 CFR 820 (4 CEU)
Ellie Moore has been with Sarasota Medical Products since August 2018 working as the Office Manager. Her people-oriented nature makes her a great contact for venders and active customers. Ellie is very diligent with managing the front office operations, including purchasing, human resources, safety, finance, and accounting. She also assists in the quality assurance of finished devices.
Product Design and Development
Michael has been with Sarasota Medical Products for approximately 8 years working as a product designer and developer. He is a goal-driven team player and dedicated professional that has been recognized for his contribution in designing tools, prototyping, and producing final products. Michael is a key player in providing exceptional products for our partners and excels at working with staff at all levels.
Molli has been working as a QC/R&D Technician for Sarasota Medical Products since October 2018. Molli is our in-house scientist who acquired her Biology B.S. at St Petersburg College. She works in the laboratory conducting quality control tests to ensure customers receive superior products from Sarasota Medical Products. Molli also creates prototypes and carries out research for new products for SMP. Besides Molli’s passion for science, she also loves to travel and be involved in anything adventurous.
Wendy started at SMP in February of 2018 manufacturing several Ostomy products. In July, she was promoted to Manufacturing Supervisor specializing in the manufacturing of ostomy powders, paste, deodorants and pouches. Wendy also has previous experience as a Director of Operations in which she proved to be a team leader in day-to-day operations. In her own words, “I feel privileged and proud coming to work every day with such great team members. I look forward to a growing company and what the future holds for all of us here at Sarasota Medical Products.
Victor has been with Sarasota Medical Products since July of 2013. He is experienced in working as a machine operator and has worked as a Production Supervisor since July of 2019 overseeing the hydrocolloid production. Victor is a dedicated team leader and looks forward to the bright future SMP has to offer.