About

Dr. Melissa Mondala is a Southern California native and a board-certified Family Medicine physician. She obtained her medical degree from Chicago Medical School and completed her Family Medicine residency, in addition to a fellowship in Lifestyle Medicine, both from Loma Linda University Health. Last year, she served as Preventive Medicine Junior Faculty at Loma Linda University Health, where she worked in a Lifestyle Medicine specialty clinic and inpatient lifestyle medicine service in an acute rehabilitation setting. She served as President (2018-2019) and Secretary (2017-2018) for the American College of Lifestyle Medicine Professionals in Training (PiT) Division, now known as the ACLM-Trainees division. She carried out PiT’s mission to expand PiT nationally and globally through Lifestyle Medicine Interest Groups (LMIGs), social media campaigns, and personally inspiring a neighboring medical school, Western University, to create a LMIG. She has accelerated the lifestyle medicine movement within academic institutions, social media, community fairs, and podcasts. Dr. Mondala is committed to the American College of Lifestyle Medicine’s collective efforts to elevate Lifestyle Medicine in the medical, political, and social communities.  

She has led several tobacco cessation groups, taught Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) lectures, and contributed to the Lifestyle Medicine Residency curriculum. To augment her training, she has completed observerships at the Weimar Institute’s NEWSTART, TrueNorth, and St. Helena’s TakeTEN, three intensive lifestyle change programs. She has served the underserved in California, China, and the Philippines. While serving in Guam, she had the opportunity to lead Lifestyle Medicine visits and tobacco cessation groups. She is passionate about treating the underlying cause of disease and teaching transformative healthy lifestyle behaviors.  In the Loma Linda University Health Lifestyle Medicine Consultation Service Line that includes both inpatient and outpatient settings, she empowers patients to make positive lifestyle changes and develop disease-specific lifestyle recommendations and prescriptions. Consequently, there has been sustainable reversal of type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, rhinosinusitis, mood disorders, functional abdominal pain, polysubstance abuse, polyarthritis of various autoimmune diseases, and stage 3 chronic kidney disease. In addition, she has implemented therapeutic lifestyle medicine recommendations in various specialty settings such as adolescent psychiatry, student health, sickle cell anemia, and a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).

 

Currently, she is Preventive and Family Medicine Faculty at Loma Linda University and is newly elected as ACLM Board Member at large. She is an uniquely engaging motivational speaker that brings evidence based methods to combat chronic disease and uplifts potential barriers through self-empowerment and self-compassion.

Dr. Yu is an integrative rheumatologist who incorporates complementary medicine with traditional rheumatology. 

He is double board certified in internal medicine and lifestyle medicine.  He obtained his MD from Chicago Medical School and holds a Masters in Healthcare Administration and Biomedical sciences. He trained at  Loma Linda University in Southern California in internal medicine residency for 3 years and rheumatology fellowship for 2 years.  Because of his passion for holistic care, he is currently taking courses in functional medicine at the Institute of Functional Medicine.  In addition, he has been accepted with a full scholarship to the Andrew Weil Integrative Medicine Fellowship in University of Arizona.  He has a very unique perspective on autoimmune disease and arthritis as he is able to see patient’s medical problems from an interdisciplinary perspective.  With his passion for learning and improving his patient’s medical problems, he has pursued multiple alternative medicine disciplines so that he can blend traditional and alternative medicine to give the best treatment plans to his patients.  He works with his patients to come up with a treatment plan that not only fights the disease but also is aligned with his patient’s goals.  

His primary focus is on autoimmune disease and arthritis.  Rheumatologists treat conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, lupus, sjogrens, gout, fibromyalgia, myositis, vasculitis, and other inflammatory conditions.  As a fellow, he has published multiple papers on osteoporosis and spearheaded a double blind randomized control trial  on curcumin supplementation in systemic lupus erythematosus.  He has also had multiple presentations at the American College of Rheumatology national conferences.

He has been featured in multiple articles by CreakyJoints as well as Forbes Magazine magazine.  He has also done webinars and spoken for LupusLA and Spondyloarthritis Association of America.

When he is not working, you can find him either exercising, cooking with his wife, or reading.