Dr. Jasmol Sardana is a board certified internal medicine physician and newly board certified lifestyle medicine physician who is equally passionate about lifestyle medicine, culinary medicine and community service. The importance of giving back to her community was impressed upon Dr. Sardana at a young age when she began volunteering with the homeless communities of Washington DC, through Martha’s Table, a local charity. There, Dr.Sardana saw first hand the direct effect that access to nutritious food can have on marginalized communities which left a lasting impact on her. As the daughter of first generation immigrants, who once had to rely on governmental assistance, she has personally experienced the socioeconomic burdens and the effects of limited access to resources in an often difficult-to-navigate system. Which is why serving similarly underserved communities has been a priority for her.
Dr. Sardana received her medical education from Nova Southeastern University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, where the osteopathic philosophy of treating the whole person has resonated with her throughout her medical career. Her sense of responsibility to the community deepened in medical school where she sought out and coordinated volunteer opportunities for herself and fellow medical students leading to her induction into the Honorary Osteopathic Service Fraternity, Sigma Sigma Phi.
Through her internship at the University of Miami/ Jackson Memorial Hospital she had the privilege to serve and learn from a largely indigent, international population as well as serve veterans through the Veterans Administration. Similarly, her residency at the University of Vermont allowed her to forge relationships with large diverse groups including LGBQT, rural and refugee patients. She has participated in international medical mission trips serving the indigenous people of Ecuador’s Amazon and provided post-Hurricane medical relief efforts in Haiti. Dr. Sardana’s personal experiences with these populations and how disproportionately diseases affected them fully exposed the harsh reality of health inequity. Learning about how lifestyle medicine and how a plant based diet can manage the very illnesses she saw indiscriminately affect those groups has deepened her commitment to bringing lifestyle medicine to everyone, regardless of background or socioeconomic status.
She has a certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies through eCornell and has a certificate as a Culinary Coach from the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine at Harvard which she has used to engage underserved neighborhoods by leading out in free plant based talks and food demonstrations. She will soon offer plant based cooking classes for her local community through her small business, WellKitchen. Additionally, with the help of her family including her husband and 3 young children (ages 6, 4 & 2) she has prepared and delivered 1000 healthy meals, to date, to their local homeless shelter.
Dr. Sardana founded and currently chairs the Community Outreach Committee at the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, whose focus is to extend ACLM’s mission of “helping individuals and families adopt healthy behaviors” to those in need by empowering, encouraging and educating ACLM members to utilize the vehicles of volunteerism and community engagement to achieve health equity in their own communities.