About Dr. Yu

Dr. Yu is an 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 holds a Masters in Healthcare Administration and Biomedical sciences. He trained at  Loma Linda University in Southern California in internal medicine residency for 3 years and rheumatology fellowship for 2 years.  Because of his passion for holistic care, he is currently taking courses in functional medicine at the Institute of Functional Medicine.  In addition, he has been accepted with a full scholarship to the Andrew Weil Integrative Medicine Fellowship in University of Arizona.  He has a very unique perspective on autoimmune disease and arthritis as he is able to see patient’s medical problems from an interdisciplinary perspective.  With his passion for learning and improving his patient’s medical problems, he has pursued multiple alternative medicine disciplines so that he can blend traditional and alternative medicine to give the best treatment plans to his patients.  He works with his patients to come up with a treatment plan that not only fights the disease but also is aligned with his patient’s goals.  

His primary focus is on autoimmune disease and arthritis.  Rheumatologists treat conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, lupus, sjogrens, gout, fibromyalgia, myositis, vasculitis, and other inflammatory conditions.  As a fellow, he has published multiple papers on osteoporosis and spearheaded a double blind randomized control trial  on curcumin supplementation in systemic lupus erythematosus.  He has also had multiple presentations at the American College of Rheumatology national conferences.

He has been featured in multiple articles by CreakyJoints as well as Forbes Magazine magazine.  He has also done webinars and spoken for LupusLA and Spondyloarthritis Association of America.

He is married to Dr. Melissa Mondala, a family physician and lifestyle medicine specialist. Together they have a website focused on plant based cooking called Dr. Lifestyle’s Kitchen. When he is not working, you can find him either exercising, cooking with his wife, or reading. 

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