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. Micah Yu is a Southern California native and board certified Internal Medicine physician. He completed medical school at Chicago Medical School and received his internal medicine residency at Loma Linda University. He is in his last year of Rheumatology Fellowship. His specialty focuses on osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, ankylosing spondylitis, vasculitis, scleroderma, osteoporosis, and other rheumatic diseases. He has given various lectures on rheumatic diseases, including the powerful role of lifestyle medicine in autoimmune disease.
Dr. Yu holds two Masters in Healthcare Administration and Biomedical Sciences from Rosalind Franklin University. Dr. Yu cofounded Dr. Lifestyle along with his wife Dr. Melissa Mondala, a corporation focused on preventing and reversing chronic diseases through plant based nutrition, healthy lifestyles, and culinary medicine.
He understands the importance of the gut microbiome on autoimmune disease. He empowers his patients to use food as nutrition to restore and heal autoimmune diseases and arthritis.
Dr. Yu experienced his own personal health transformation and reversal of his own autoimmune diseases: gout, pseudogout, and spondyloarthritis through nutrition, routine exercise, stress managment, and restorative sleep. He is motivated to share his previous health struggles and because so many individuals live with chronic pain and often feel hopeless and alone. He has great empathy and care for those who fear autoimmune disease and its symptoms. He aims to share his journey with others to bring healing, purpose, and a quality life. He has been featured on podcasts and speaker series to shed light on healthy behavioral choices. He is passionate about combining lifestyle, integrative, and functional medicine in treating autoimmune diseases and arthritis.