About Us

Meet the Team at Northwest Memory Center

Our Practitioners

The physicians at Northwest Memory Center are specifically trained in the area of restoring brain health. We bring decades of experience in the fields of functional and integrative medicine and match the depth of our experience with a passion for health of the brain.


Deborah Gordon, M.D, is the founder and medical director of Northwest Memory Center, LLC. She has had a lifelong—well, since high school!—interest in health and wellness, which she has incorporated in an integrative medical practice in southern Oregon for more than thirty years. She has a strong interest in healthy and adoptable lifestyle choices that impact the appearance or persistence of health problems, with a particular focus in choices that affect cognitive health.

After obtaining a degree in English Literature, and a few years “sowing wild oats,” she attended medical school at the prestigious University of California at San Francisco and then went on to the affiliated Family Practice Residency program in Santa Rosa, California, where she served as Chief Resident.

In addition to her medical practice, she “walks her talk,” enjoying a nature-filled country home where she and her wife host numerous pets and also raise chickens and various other animals to fill the freezer and grace the dinner table. She is a competitive rower, a sometimes cyclist and hiker, and the founder of the Siskiyou Challenge, a multi-sport relay event that benefits her favorite charity, Rogue Valley Farm to School.


Issa Sturm is a Functional Medicine trained Family Nurse Practitioner and Doctor of Nursing.

She offers comprehensive functional medicine consultations and partners with you to uncover the root cause of health imbalances. She addresses gut/immune health, adrenal/hormonal balance, advanced cardiometabolic assessment and mental/spiritual well being. She is currently accepting new clients and works with people of all ages, including pediatrics.



Administrative Staff:

MAGGIE IBA, Front Office Manager + Health Coach

Maggie Iba comes from an art, education and farming background and has a lifelong personal interest in holistic health. She enjoys her role at Northwest Memory Center and feels deeply committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of every patient.

She lives with her husband, two mostly angelic young children and her parents on steep forested property west of town

SADIE SIDERS, Clinic Director

Sadie has been in the medical field since 2014 and is currently working on a Bachelors of Science in Public Health from Portland State University. She is passionate about healthy living and committed to serving our community in Southern Oregon. When Sadie isn’t working, she is wrangling her husband, dog, and now two crazy boys (who are always keeping her on her toes).

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