I enjoy interviewing all the guests on my podcast. It’s a huge privilege to be able to talk with such amazing people. And this one was really special as I got to interview one of the former students in my college ministry. Between 2001-2008 I was on staff at Bel Air Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, CA, serving as the college pastor from 2002-2008. And in that time I was really blessed to serve alongside some amazing students from UCLA, USC, LMU and a scattering of other schools. There was also a huge contingent of college-age kids in the ministry who weren’t in school, but came out to pursue music, film, fashion and more. It was a really unique group that taught me a lot.
And in about 2004 I met a then sophomore at UCLA, Melissa Ponce, who is now Dr. Melissa Esguerra. I remember Melissa as someone who was really passionate about her faith, compassionate towards others, and who always seemed to have a smile on her face. And it was great having her as a part of that ministry at that time. It’s been about 11 years since I first met Melissa, and probably about 8-9 years since I last saw her (except at a mutual wedding perhaps). And even though we don’t see each other in person, it’s been fun to watch her journey online. And over the last year or so I’ve really been inspired by the work that Melissa is up to, and a lot of her messages resonate with my own journey. I appreciate Melissa sharing her own story of being sick in college and going on a journey to heal through various means such as food, sleep, exercise, etc. It’s very much the journey I have found myself on these last couple of years…trying to optimize how I feel through taking care of myself physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
Melissa wears a lot of different hats and is passionate about a lot of things, but primarily she is a Doctor of Functional Medicine who is interested in the whole person. She is holistic in her approach and in this episode we cover several different topics from women’s health, to feeling tired, sleep, food, and faith. This is a pretty fast episode and there was so much more I would have loved to talk with her about, but our schedules prevented it. Next time I have Melissa back on I want to dive in deep with her on a couple of topics, and I want to hear more about her online program that she is launching. To find out more about that, just go here to sign up and receive more information.
Some of the topics we cover are:
- women’s health issues (what are some of the common issues Melissa sees)
- the always “feeling tired” feeling that many people struggle with.
- sleep: what does healthy sleep look like?
- food and diet
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Resources and Links Discussed in the Episode
Website:. Dr. Melissa Esguerra