Dr. Melissa Mondala

Direct Primary Care & Lifestyle Medicine

Access To Plant-Based Specialist

Family Medicine, Lifestyle Medicine Specialist, Primary Care Psychiatry

“Giving the time and quality care that people deserve is my goal. Direct Primary Care gives me the freedom to get to know people and their health concerns.”

Meet Dr. Melissa Mondala

Dr. Melissa Mondala is a triple specialist in 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 is the co-owner of Dr. Lifestyle Direct Primary Care Clinic. 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 lectures at local medical schools, 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 News outlets, 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 a uniquely engaging motivational speaker that brings evidence based methods to combat chronic disease and uplifts potential barriers through self-empowerment and self-compassion.

What I Do

Dr. Melissa Mondala has over 5 years of experience in plant-based nutrition and disease prevention and has experience treating a large range of chronic medical conditions. 


Dr. Lifestyle was founded by Dr. Melissa Mondala and Dr. Micah Yu in 2019. They are husband and wife with a mission to educate, empower, and heal. Dr. Mondala practices Direct Primary Care and Dr. Yu practices Direct Rheumatology.


Plan your next event with Dr. Melissa and engage in speaking and cooking events. Find Dr.Melissa active in the kitchen and on social media as well. Dr.Melissa’s versatility makes her very valuable for your guests. Contact Dr. Melissa today.


Podcast features, television clips, and useful articles to assist you on your journey to better health.

Whole food, plant-based diet is not only enjoyable but families can benefit from lower rates of:

  • Asthma, allergies, and eczema
  • Irritable bowel syndrome, constipation
  • Obesity
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Upper respiratory infections such as sinus and ear infections
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Acne
  • Early-onset heart disease and high blood pressure
  • Mental health issues such as anxiety, depression,  poor attention, memory issues
  • Lifetime cancer risk
  • Arthritis and joint pain

Plant-Based Kitchen eCook Book

Here we share our favorite and frequently asked recipes! We provide easy and convenient recipes that help you make the first step in the plant-forward direction. These recipes burst in plant-based nutrients, satisfying flavor, and culturally tasteful ingredients!

Recipes Includes:

  • Sides, Salads, Soups for meal prepping or weekend fun
  • Melting Pot of Entrees from Filipino, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Italian, Indian, and of course, American staples 
  • Breakfast, desserts, & snacks for the entire family 
  • Featured recipes from our original #52weekplantbased challenge

Plant-Based Jump Start Guide

If you are wondering where to start, this JUMPSTART GUIDE will help you step by step. You and your family can be healthier and enjoy the process at the same time!

Dr. Melissa is a family medicine and lifestyle medicine specialist who works alongside Dr. Micah, a plant-based rheumatologist, who is equally passionate about teaching others to how to eat healthier.

You’ll learn about:

  • 7 Critical steps to transitioning to a Plant-based Lifestyle.
  • 10 Tips for meal planning.
  • Comprehensive Grocery shopping list for vegetables, fruits, legumes, grains, and pantry supplies.
  • And more!

Health & Wellness Group Classes

Cover the A to Z to build a healthy lifestyle that emphasizes practical nutritional tips, exercise and meditation activities, interactive workshops, and more. These classes are perfect for those who are either curious or desire to learn more about lifestyle medicine principles and how to carry them through their daily routine. These classes occur weekly and you may pick and choose your class or bundle them together. Benefits of Group Classes:

  • Extra support and guided conversation
  • Positive non-judgmental vibes that provide a safe and healthy culture
  • Workbook provided to aid learning and practice
  • Simple Plant-based recipes to take home
  • Help with accountability to help achieve your health goals
  • Help you cope with diet and weight dissatisfaction
  • Teach positive mindset
  • better eating patterns, and control cravings

Classes are 1 hour including Q&A


$50 per class for non-members, $30 per class for Gold Members. Buy all classes for $200. Buy 4 classes for $100.


First Class is FREE


All classes are FREE for Platinum and Executive Members

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Dr. Melissa Mondala provides direct primary and lifestyle medicine care through telemedicine and in-person visits. She has a unique membership model that helps bring accountability and successful lifelong results. She is offering secure HIPAA compliant telemedicine access that will allow you to securely text, video chat, and more. This can be in place of office visits when appropriate.


Dr. Mondala is a wonderful doctor who deeply cares for her patients. I am understanding my body’s health and learning how to improve my overall health. I will write another review to share the progress I have made through her consulting and coaching. Thank you Lord Jesus for this dedicated professional.

– George E.

I have nothing but praise for Dr.Mondala!!! Her meticulous approach to care makes you feel like a person not just a patient! I was seen by her while she was with Loma Linda University health and she offered me nutritional based options for my needs; not just writing me a prescription. She left a lasting impression that I shared with family and friends as it was a medical encounter unlike any other I’d experienced before !

– Carolina Perez

Dr. Mondala is a great MD. I have been seeing her for over two months. In the two months that I've been under her care, I have begun to feel better. She is very thorough, personal, and caring. She has great bedside manners, and really takes the time to get to know her patients. She strives for an overall health approach versus just treating the current symptoms. Not only is she great, but what drew my attention to her approach/practice, is the time and effort she puts into each and everyone of her patients. In addition, she is easy to get a hold of and provides excellent care. I've been very impressed with Dr. Mondala, so much so, that I have referred my family members to her. Overall, I highly recommend Dr. Mondala.

– Moses H.

Finally I found a Dr. that believes in a more natural approach. She is very professional and confident. She makes time, follows up and answers all my questions. Her outlook on prescriptions and treatment are refreshing and positive. Thank you God for looking up for me and directing me to Dr. Mondala.

– RomaAce E.

Dr. Mondala is not only kind, friendly and knowledgable, but she gets results! She changed my life completely. I was her patient at Loma Linda University. She taught me ways to live a healthy lifestyle, through a healthy diet and mental attitude. When I first went in to see her I was morbidly obese, and my health was declining. She encouraged me every step of the way and after 6 months, I not only lost 60 lbs, but all of my labs and CT's greatly improved. Now a year and a half later, I've maintained my weight loss, I'm a vegetarian and enjoy finding new recipes that fit my new lifestyle. I encourage anybody looking to get healthy to make an appointment with Dr. Mondala. She will change your life.

– Terry S.

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“Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” World Health Organization