Melissa Mondala, MD, MHA, MS
I am a board certified Family Medicine physician and completed my medical school training at Chicago Medical School. Over the past year, I have served as Preventive Medicine Junior Faculty at Loma Linda University Health and will be completing my Lifestyle Medicine fellowship. I have experience in lifestyle medicine group visits on a variety of topics and been heavily involved in the development of lifestyle medicine residency and fellowship curricula. In addition, I have participated in Intensive lifestyle change programs, such as Weimar Institute’s NEWSTART, TrueNorth, and St. Helena’s TakeTEN and can attest to the power of these intensive programs. In the Loma Linda University Health Lifestyle Medicine Consultation Service Line that includes both inpatient and outpatient settings, I empower 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 chronic kidney disease. I have seen dramatic improvements in chronic pain, atrial fibrillation, and lupus through stepwise lifestyle modifications. In addition, I have implemented therapeutic lifestyle medicine recommendations in various specialty settings such as adolescent psychiatry, student health, sickle cell anemia, and a federally qualified health center.
I served as President 2018-2019 and Secretary 2017-2018 for the American College of Lifestyle Medicine Professionals in Training (PiT) Division. I 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. I have accelerated the lifestyle medicine movement within academic institutions, social media, community fairs, and podcasts. I am committed to the American College of Lifestyle Medicine’s collective efforts to elevate lifestyle medicine in the medical, political, and social spheres. If selected to judiciously serve on the Board of Directors, I plan to impart my passions, creativity, and experience to contribute to lifestyle medicine solutions for our current healthcare system and health education reform. As healthy doctors transcend into healthy patients, I plan to emphasize personal healthy behaviors and professional resilience. My health and healing comes from plant based culinary experimentation, gym time, hiking, and making memories with loved ones.
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