Dr. Melissa Mondala
Direct Primary Care & Lifestyle Medicine & Primary Care Psychiatry
About Dr.Melissa Mondala
Melissa Mondala, MD, MHA, MS
Dr. Melissa Mondala is a triple specialist of family medicine, lifestyle medicine, and primary care psychiatry. She is one of the first and youngest nationally recognized lifestyle medicine fellows and is a strong community health advocate. She serves as faculty at Loma Linda University Preventive/Lifestyle Medicine Department, which is one of the blue zones for longevity. She currently sits on the American College of Lifestyle Medicine Board of Directors and is a Diplomate of Lifestyle Medicine. She planted seeds of change in the community through lecturing at local medical school, veg fest, and virtual summits. She has devoted decades of volunteer work in underserved communities in California and internationally. She has been featured in popular media, such as Forbes, Local Newsoutlets, and Social Media. She prioritizes lifestyle modifications to optimize health. Her passion is educating and empowering healthy living and cooking.
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. She focuses on disease-specific lifestyle recommendations and consequently, she worked with patients for reversal of type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, rhinosinusitis, mood disorders, functional abdominal pain/irritable bowel syndrome, substance abuse, joint pain, brain fog, and early stage kidney disease. Through her lifestyle medicine rehabilitation experience with stroke and heart disease patients, she has implemented therapeutic lifestyle medicine recommendations in various settings, age groups, health conditions, including adolescent psychiatry, student health, sickle cell anemia, and underserved populations.
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.
Medical School – Chicago Medical School
Residency – Family Medicine at Loma Linda University Medical Center
Fellowship – Lifestyle Medicine at Loma Linda University Medical Center
Fellowship – Primary Care Psychiatry at University of California, Irvine
What is the advantage of Direct Primary Care?
Physicians are not paid per appointment, and each doctor has a patient panel far smaller than those in most traditional practices. This allows them to spend more time with the patient. Typical office visits last 45-60 minutes, as compared with the hurried 15-minute visits in other practices. More time results in better care and thus improvements in health. Additionally, virtual (online) visits from the comfort of your home will be offered after an initial consultation.
What is the difference between the Gold and Platinum Plan?
Dr. Melissa Mondala offers the Gold Plan for those interested in receiving care and having their questions answered 5 days a week, compared to the Platinum Plan which is 7 days a week. The Platinum plan has extended hours for appointments and questions through secure messaging such as the portal, text, and phone call. The Platinum plan typically includes 90-minute visits and discounts towards Group Health and Wellness Classes along with other exciting services to come!
What is the difference between the Platinum Plan and Executive Plan?
The Executive Plan is for those who are extremely busy but who seriously value their health and wellness. Dr. Melissa Mondala offers weekly visits up to 2 hours with one-on-one guided meditation, behavioral counseling, health and life coaching, guided meal planning, pantry set-up, grocery strategy, and so much more. You will be able to experience Dr. Melissa Mondala’s specialized services of the combination of Lifestyle Medicine, Culinary Medicine, and Psychiatry to the fullest. The Executive Plan will give you unlimited access to Dr. Lifestyle group class at no additional costs.
How do I sign up for your Direct Primary Care?
You can sign up by clicking here. In order to provide excellent service to patients, Dr. Melissa Mondala will be capping their patient panels at about one fourth the size of physicians in a traditional practice.