Testimonials

Describe your experience with Dr. Melissa Mondala

I can say that Dr. Melissa Mondala was my answered prayer. Even though my time as a patient with her was short it was very meaningful. She really took her time to listen and encourage me to continue with small health changes and goal setting. That is huge, she is one of the few doctors I have met that was willing to become a partner in my health journey so much that lifestyle medicine became a passion and a source of inspiration to take my health to the next level. I will never forget our first appointment were towards the end she asked me if I had a prayer request and prayed for me. For the first time I felt that my feelings of stress and depression were validated, and addressing that as a whole was as important to Dr. Mondala as it was to me. While other doctors and specialist dismissed the fact that my dad’s passing, work stress and gut bacteria were linked to my health issues, Dr. Mondala knew how to bring it all together and normalize it.

I couldn’t have had a more incredible doctor experience in lifestyle medicine with Dr. Mondala as she was able to build rapport quickly. I admire her a lot, she knows how to put CARE back into health CARE. As a patient and clinical community health worker, I was grateful that there are doctors who truly care and make sure that the mission of whole care and patient centered care are still alive.

How would you describe your health transformation?

For the past year my health has really transformed with lifestyle changes. My journey is very interesting because I was doing lifestyle medicine but was not aware that it was a discipline practiced in Loma Linda. A bit over a year ago I was diagnosed with multiple health challenges that some are already reversed and others are currently working on. I vividly remember starting with neuropathy issues that escalated to extreme fatigue. I then felt a lot of chronic stress and felt horrible as I kept putting on weight. According to my BMI I was obese, had a fatty liver and also was diagnosed with IBS and mental health illnesses (anxiety and depression). After two visits to the emergency room I knew something was really wrong with me and my body was not happy with my current treatment.

After learning that I was anti-resistance to not one but four rounds of antibiotics I became very interested in alternative medicine. My primary focus was on gut health, mental/emotional health and trauma healing. I transitioned to a whole-foods plant-based diet and shared my nutrition plan with my dietician for guidance. Also, I created a fitness plan and committed to it every single day. I began to incorporate meditation and stress management skills into my daily routine and quickly began to feel and look better. Lastly, I returned to therapy and began to read health books and self-educate myself on issues that were affecting my wellness most especially once I confirmed I had a microbial imbalance (dysbiosis). I can now proudly say that I have been able to reverse my obesity, neuropathy and liver health issues.

How did Dr. Melissa Mondala play a role in your success story?

Dr. Mondala created a safe environment for me to share and get validation on my health challenges and respectfully listened to my frustrations. I finally was able to talk to a doctor and discuss my goals and Dr. MM was able to put a name to what I was doing thus far. Dr. MM ordered the essential lab test to see my progress and again for the first time a doctor took her time to review my results and discuss the highlights and also the opportunities for improvement. After that visit, I knew Dr. MM was more than a doctor, she is person who genuinely cares for her patient’s wellbeing and wants to be a supporter in the possibility to reverse chronic illnesses for good.

What is the most powerful lesson you learned from your Lifestyle Medicine experience?

The most powerful lesson that I learned is that lifestyle medicine is the future of health care. I deeply fell in love with how we can change our lifestyle and completely reverse diseases. The impact was so profound that I even decided to take a course  to begin my coaching certificate in lifestyle and disease reduction. I would also add that lifestyle is the heart and core of preventative medicine and so excited to share it with the world. The call to action is in our communities and clinics to promote health with healthy lifestyle practices. I began to lose hope in doctors until I met Dr. MM, and very thankful to God for her.

Would you recommend Dr. Melissa Mondala to others? Please explain.

Certainly yes because everyone will benefit from her genuine care for people and overall health. Dr. MM has a very special way to connect with patients and knows how to celebrate our health progress, which is very important. Also, she is sensitive to patient cultural beliefs and focused on whole person care. I recommend Dr. MM because she understands that emotions are also part of healthy outcomes. Dr. MM is powerful and I have already recommended many family and friends to her because she is genuine and listens by dedicating quality time to her patients.

- Sylvia, 2019

Describe your experience with Dr. Melissa Mondala

Dr. Mondala is the most caring, engaging and very knowledgeable physician in her field making my journey engaging and easier to reach my goals. Her bedside manners are beyond what the Hippocratic Oath entails which made me feel how much she cares for her patients. If all of the physicians would stand to the way she practices medicine, perhaps we would have a community more in tune of the importance to seek and follow a different life style.

How would you describe your health transformation?

This journey has made me see and feel how important it is to follow the proper foods that not only will be good for the physical health but the emotional and spiritual being as well. I was tired of endless visits to the GI team that unfortunately did not aid in feeling any better. However, since Dr. Mondala took over my care, my health has improved significantly.

How did Dr. Melissa Mondala play a role in your success story?

Dr. Mondala played a fundamental role and guidance with the way she coached me to make better eating choices which gave me the healthy feeling I have been searching and needing for the longest time; and not forgetting my body composition transformation which led to an increase of my self-esteem.

What is the most powerful lesson you learned from your Lifestyle Medicine experience?

How important is to choose food that are nourishing and with time, the cravings for the non-healthy choices diminish immensely.

Would you recommend Dr. Melissa Mondala to others? Please explain.

I certainly and definitely would recommend Dr. Mondala to any one who approaches me and see the new me.

- Eugenia, 2019

Describe your experience with Dr. Melissa Mondala

Compassionate high quality care, very thorough and demonstrates patience with questions.

How would you describe your health transformation?

Positive and engaging.

How did Dr. Melissa Mondala play a role in your success story?

Positive affirmations and continuous suggestions to keep improving with exercise, diet, environment, and emotional support.

What is the most powerful lesson you learned from your Lifestyle Medicine experience?

That there are several options available to achieve your goals and to tailor each individually to your personal goals.

Would you recommend Dr. Melissa Mondala to others? Please explain.

Yes, a positive influence in helping me achieve my goals.

- Stan, 2019

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