Mon. Sep 27th, 2021

If you have not been listening to Maryal at My DPC Story then you have been missing out on some great stuff. Here is another great episode:

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:

Andrew Weil Institute for Integrative Medicine

UCD/UCI Primary Care Psychiatry Fellowship

American College of Lifestyle Medicine


Sprout Social


The Official Guide to Starting Your Own Direct Primary Care Practice book by Dr. Doug Farrago


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14240cookie-checkMy DPC Story Podcast: Dr. Melissa Mondala & Dr. Micah Yu of Dr. Lifestyle Clinic in Newport Beach, CA

By Doug Farrago

Douglas Farrago MD is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Douglas Farrago, MD received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Virginia in 1987, his Masters of Education degree in the area of Exercise Science from the University of Houston in 1990, and his Medical Degree from the University of Texas at Houston in 1994. His residency training occurred way up north at the Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine. In his final year, he was elected Chief Resident by his peers. Dr. Farrago has practiced family medicine for twenty-three years, first in Auburn, Maine and now in Forest, Virginia. He founded Forest Direct Primary Care in 2014, which quickly filled in 18 months. Dr. Farrago still blogs every day on his website and lectures worldwide about the present crisis in our healthcare system and the effect it has on the doctor-patient relationship. Dr. Farrago’s has written three books on direct primary care: The Official Guide to Starting Your Own Direct Primary Care Practice, The Direct Primary Care Doctor’s Daily Motivational Journal and Slowing the Churn in Direct Primary Care (While Also Keeping Your Sanity) are all best sellers in this genre. He is a leading expert in direct primary care model and lectures medical students, residents, and doctors on how to start their own DPC practice. He retired from clinical medicine in October, 2020.

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