Planted Forward aims to change that by bringing together a diverse team with one goal: bringing your personal well being to the forefront.
Whole Health Starts Here
Are you ready to take control of your health?
Planted Forward uses an integrative approach to health care delivery where you work with a collaborative team of physicians, dietitians, and fitness & health coaches to achieve all your health goals.
Your health is not created in a sterile hospital. At PF, we bring you a community of health care professionals to focus on all aspects of your health, head to toe, mind, body, and soul.
How It Works
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After your virtual visit, access to your patient records and review notes at any time.
Dietetics & Nutrition
We Value Our Community
You are not alone on your healthcare journey. Planted Forward doesn’t just provide you with a team of integrative specialists who collaborate on your care. It also facilitates the coming together of like minded people who are looking for a way to lead a healthier life.
Planted Forward believes in the power of community. Our goals lie not only in healing patients, but also in growing our knowledge together and protecting our environment for future generations.
Planted Forward Lifestyle
The plant-based lifestyle is one that emphasizes the consumption of whole plant foods while minimizing processed foods, refined sugars, and saturated fat. Every person is unique, with different nutritional needs and desires, so going 100% plant-based may not be feasible for everyone. We are here to empower you with knowledge and health guidance in a non judgmental way.
Make a telemedicine appointment with us anywhere in the USA and the world.
Be connected to unique specialized Plant-Based providers.
We use a whole-body approach to your care.
We prescribe medications and supplements when you need them.
Your Telehealth Doctors
Life is busy, and no one has time to take time off work and spend whole, uncomfortable days at the doctor’s office. Planted Forward understands this, and so we offer all of our services through a convenient online portal, allowing you to see your healthcare team from home, work, or wherever is most convenient for you, affordably. Through our secure and HIPAA compliant platform, our team can spend more time with you.
Meet Your Wellness Team
The Community You Have Been Waiting For
Dr. Melissa Mondala
Family and Lifestyle Medicine Physician
Dr. Melissa Mondala is a triple specialist of family medicine, lifestyle medicine, and primary care psychiatry.
Dr. Vanessa Mendez
Doctor Méndez is a double board certified gastroenterologist and internist. She specializes in digestive and nutrition based-disorders.
Dr. Harkin is is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology, and Clinical Lipidology (Cholesterol Doctor).
Amanda Sevilla is a registered dietitian, plant based nutritionist, and yoga teacher living in Southern California. She is also a healthcare and wellness influencer in the internet space.
Natalie Castro is a licensed and registered dietitian, who is certified in adult weight management and specializes in digestive disorders, food allergies, intolerances and plant-based nutrition.
PlantChics, Health Coach
Jacque Tarlton, Certified Wellcoach® & Wellness Advocate, is passionate about improving health through fabulous, fun, and scientifically proven lifestyle changes.
Pillars of Integrative Medicine
The current medical model is flawed and disease centered, with healthcare professionals focusing on treating illness to the exclusion of everything else.
At Planted Forward, we practice Integrative Medicine, which takes the whole patient into account. We search for the underlying cause of disease and use evidence-based practices to help heal the acute problem while also providing lasting health strategies to keep you thriving.
We personalize your nutrition and medicine
There are many fads in healthcare today, but few are grounded in scientific facts. At Planted Forward, your healthcare team is up to date on the most cutting-edge medical research, so you can trust that when we make a recommendation, it is backed up by real, peer reviewed studies.
What Our Patients Say
Dr. Mondala is a great MD. I have been seeing her for over two months. In the two months that I’ve been under her care, I have begun to feel better. She is very thorough, personal, and caring. She has great bedside manners and really takes the time to get to know her patients. She strives for an overall health approach versus just treating the current symptoms. Not only is she great, but what drew my attention to her approach/practice, is the time and effort she puts into each and every one of her patients. In addition, she is easy to get a hold of and provides excellent care. I’ve been very impressed with Dr. Mondala, so much so, that I have referred my family members to her. Overall, I highly recommend Dr. Mondala.
Dr Melissa is a caring and thorough young doctor who is making a difference in my life, health, and overall outlook on my longevity.
So far after 1 month I have lost 15 pounds and my numbers are gradually improving.
She has a clear method of explaining why we do what we do and the benefits by making the change. Great doctor and I will become a long term patient God willing!
Dr. Mendez is super thorough and easy to talk to, truly genuine care and concern for her patients and their wellbeing, she’s gentle and guides you every step of the way she’s always accessible and ready to help and answer all your questions. She’s very open-minded and welcoming to different opinions and beliefs, she also explains with science and compassion. Being in the healthcare realm I recommend anyone to see Dr. Mendez as she has truly not only improved my gastric conditions but also changed my life for the best. – Katherine
Dr. Mendez is fantastic. She is kind and patient and extremely knowledgeable when it comes to IBD. She uses a combination of scientific medicine and proven plant-based lifestyle changes to build a custom therapy plan. I feel in extremely good hands with her and trust her guidance to get me towards remission. Unlike many doctors, she actually cares about her patients getting better, which is very refreshing. If you have UC or Chrons you should definitely make an appointment. – Franka
Dr Harkin was wonderful. I went to her after seeing another cardiologist who I liked, but didn’t feel like he explained things to me well enough and left with very little answers. Dr Harkin really takes her time to explain things in a way you can understand them, and you don’t leave her office feeling like you’re no better than when you went in. I highly recommend her. – Aja
Dr. Nicole Harkin is wonderful. She is highly knowledgeable, caring, attentive and a great listener. She is an affable professional as she speaks to you as a person and not just an appointment. She also explains the results of all tests and examinations in full detail; and gives important recommendations on lifestyle changes, such as diet. HIGHLY recommend.. – Robert
I just completed The Plant Chics’ LIIT program. It’s awesome! They are very motivational, high vibing, knowledgeable women who empower you to create healthy habits. Their workouts are explained well, safe, and enjoyable. Even as a life long athlete who has trained, I still learned a lot. Their recipe books are very fun, creative, and beautiful. Both women have so much education, experience, and wisdom. The information you are given is evidence-based, meaning yes, based on science and research. Say “no” to fad diets and trends and do what will actually be sustainable and contribute to your health. The Facebook group is filled with amazing, supportive women. I highly recommend The Plant Chics and their work and programs. They give so much value for money and are amazing humans. – Lisa