Direct Primary Care Doctor, Direct Specialty Doctor
Dr. Melissa Mondala is a Southern California native and a DPC double board-certified Family Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine physician. She obtained her medical degree from Chicago Medical School and holds a Masters in Healthcare Administration and Biomedical sciences. She completed her Family Medicine residency and the first Lifestyle Medicine Fellowship at Loma Linda University Health. She was awarded the Lifestyle Medicine Diplomate/Specialist from the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. Additionally, She has a special focus on mental health and has completed a Primary Care Psychiatry Fellowship.
Dr. Micah Yu is a direct care integrative rheumatologist who incorporates complementary medicine with traditional rheumatology. He is double board-certified in internal medicine and lifestyle medicine. He obtained his MD from Chicago Medical School and also holds a Masters in Healthcare Administration and Biomedical sciences. He completed his internal medicine residency and rheumatology fellowship at Loma Linda University. He has also taken courses in functional medicine through the Institute of Functional Medicine. Recently, he was accepted, with a full scholarship, to the Andrew Weil Integrative Medicine Fellowship at the University of Arizona.
Dr. Yu has a very unique perspective on autoimmune disease and arthritis as he not only a treating physician, but is a patient with gout and spondyloarthritis as well.
Together, they opened their DPC, Dr. Lifestyle Clinic in November of 2020.
In the episode, they discuss the formation of their direct primary care clinic after being employed physicians and how they are able to, as independent doctors, harness their creativity in all that they do!
Resources mentioned in the episode:
-The Official Guide to Starting Your Own Direct Primary Care Practice book by Dr. Doug Farrago
Dr. Mondala: https://melissamondalamd.com
Dr. Yu: https://www.drlifestyle.org