Dr. Melissa Mondala, MD, MHA, MS, DipABLM

Direct Primary Care and Lifestyle

Medicine and Primary Care Psychiatry


Dr. Melissa Mondala is a triple specialist of Family medicine, Lifestyle medicine,  Integrative Psychiatry and double boarded in Family Medicine & Lifestyle Medicine. She is an Integrative Medicine Fellow 2025 Candidate at Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine. She is President of Dr. Lifestyle Clinic in Newport Beach, the First Lifestyle & Integrative Direct Primary Care and Rheumatology clinic, which was awarded by University of California Irvine as Public Health Site of Excellence. 

She earned her Medical Degree at Chicago Medical Degree along with a double Masters of Biomedical Science and Masters of Health Administration. She completed her Family Medicine Residency and Lifestyle Medicine Fellowship at Loma Linda University. She is one of the first nationally recognized Lifestyle Medicine Intensivists and serves as Core Faculty at Loma Linda University Preventive/Lifestyle Medicine Department, which is one of the blue zones for longevity.

She held numerous leadership positions at the American College of Lifestyle Medicine including Board of Directors and President of ACLM Trainees and Faculty for Learn Skin, Integrative Dermatology. She is an international speaker and has planted seeds of change in the community through lecturing at local medical schools, veg fest, and national medical conferences, where she spoke about the power of Plantbased eating on reversing chronic diseases and “How to Thrive in Private Practice through Passion & Purpose” at International Plant-based Nutrition Healthcare Conference. Recently, she was awarded Excellence in Healthcare: Top Practitioner of the Year 2023 in the city of Irvine, California. 

She goes beyond traditional medicine by completing her Primary & Integrative Psychiatry Fellowship and University of California Irvine Health Coaching Certificate. 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 @drmelissaskitchen on instagram and youtube. 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. Her life mission is to bring a voice and put an end to those who are silently suffering from mental health & women’s health conditions, long-covid19, and autoimmune disease.

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.

  • Diplomate and Specialist, American College of Lifestyle Medicine
  • Board Certified of Family Medicine
  • Board Certified of Lifestyle Medicine
  • Fellowship
    University of California, Irvine
    Irvine, CA
    Primary Care Psychiatry 2019-2020
  • Fellowship
    Loma Linda University
    Loma Linda, CA
    Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine 2018-2019
  • Residency
    Loma Linda University
    Loma Linda, CA
    Family Medicine 2015-2018
  • Medical School
    Chicago Medical School
    North Chicago, IL
    Doctorate of Medicine 2015
  • Graduate School
    Rosalind Franklin University
    North Chicago, IL
    Masters in Healthcare Administration 2013
    Masters in Biomedical Sciences 2011
  • English
  • Tagalog
  • Spanish

Dr. Melissa Mondala is an Integrative Family Physician and Mental Health Expert


Dr. Melissa understands empathizes with her patients and understands how important it is to heal the body with using food as medicine as a foundation.  Her goal is to find the root cause of her patients symptoms.  She is a lifestyle medicine specialist and was a board member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.  She has done a psychiatry fellowship and has taken courses in integrative psychiatry.  When she is not in seeing patients, she loves to cook and teach others how to use Food as Medicine.  Her goal is to get her patients to look and feel before their symptoms started.

“Dr. Melissa’ Mondala’s skills as a Health Coach have earned her a spot on the Coach Foundation, one of the biggest names in the coaching industry.”


get access to

Simple, Personalized Lifestyle Direct Primary Care


Dr. Mondala uses the direct primary care model because it returns Health and Accessibility to the heart of medicine. It removes confusion and hidden fees that happen with your insurance carrier, helps you avoid excess paperwork, and eliminates extremely short, rushed appointments.

Direct primary care also allows her to take the time to talk through your concerns during each appointment in a calm, stress-free environment.

  • Unlimited office visits
  • Relaxed, extended appointments
  • Same-day or next-day appointment scheduling
  • Extended access through phone, email, text, and video chat
  • Minimal or no wait times

The results are

real and last!


Dr. Melissa Mondala is a holistic plant-based physician, nutritional & wellness expert, health coach, mental health advocate, and recipe inventor!

She has been featured in popular media, such as Forbes, Local News outlets, and Social Media. She helps clients improve their lifestyle to optimize their health to achieve their goals and develop sustainable habits to live a healthy and balanced life.

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