Susan Friedl

Susan Friedl is the Research Coordinator at Gordon Medical Associates.


Early Fall Changes at GMA

You will be noticing some big changes at GMA over the next couple of weeks. Staff will be coming, going, and switching positions. Though it can be challenging for patients, and for the rest of the staff, we wanted to let you know some of the wonderful things behind the changes. GMA prides itself on providing opportunities for growth to our employees, whether it is by supporting them while they prepare for higher education, training them further in a field they are already interested in, or by encouraging transition to a new and different position that suits a curious and dedicated worker. Our reward has been the opportunity to have some wonderful workers here over the years!

Fond Farewells

We are so proud that two of our staff members, Alondra and Becca, have new opportunities to advance their careers. While we will miss them at GMA, we know that these opportunities will lead them to be able to serve the world in an even bigger way.


Alondra is off to the JC for nursing school!

In her short time here, Alondra has worked in reception, Medical Assisting, records, shipping, and recently at the new patient desk. Her cheery and friendly nature make the patients feel very welcome and taken care of. She already has two Associate Degrees in Science: Pre-Allied Health and Natural Sciences. She has now been accepted into the Santa Rosa Junior College Nursing Program, and starts soon. She is hoping to continue on and get her Bachelor’s in Nursing from San Francisco State. You may still see Alondra filling in occasionally to keep her hand in at GMA, but most of her time will be taken up with the competitive studies she will be embarking on. We look forward to seeing what Alondra chooses to do with her training!

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Becca will be pursuing research

Becca has been with us since the spring. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara in June, 2015 with a degree in Psychological & Brain Sciences. Becca is an attentive and caring worker, and she loves helping patients get answers to their many questions. She is very interested in the integration of biomedical and holistic approaches to healthcare, which is what drew her to working with GMA. Becca is now leaving GMA to pursue her goal of becoming a physician. She will be moving to Barcelona Spain at the end of the month, where she will work in medical research at the University of Pompeu Fabra.

Congratulations, Becca, on such an exciting step towards your goal!

Moving Up!

Many of you already know that Alice has moved from reception to being the Medical Assistant for Elizabeth Large, ND. Alice’s dedication and hard work make her indispensable in both our Santa Rosa and our Marin offices. She recently graduated with her Phlebotomy certification. This will allow us to begin offering blood draws in the Marin office soon. Alice is also interested in continuing her medical education at Santa Rosa Junior College, but for now, we are lucky to have her working with us!


Kelly R (Kell)

Kelly R (Kell) is filling in as Medical Assistant to Eric Gordon, MD while Lily is on maternity leave.

You may also be hearing about a new Kelly at GMA.  To keep things straight, we are calling her “Kell,” or “Kelly R.”  She has joined the Medical Assisting team, and is helping cover Dr. Gordon’s desk while Lily is still out on maternity leave. Kell will continue on with Gordon Medical when Lily comes back, and will be the Medical Assistant for Carolyn B. Welcome, PA-C, who will begin seeing patients this fall. Many of Dr. Gordon’s patients will recognize Carolyn from the time she has spent shadowing him in the office.

It’s a Girl!

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It’s a girl! Aria Rain

Lily (Eric Gordon’s long time MA) and her husband Aros gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Aria Rain, on June 28th of this year. She is a gorgeous little girl, as you can see. Lily is treasuring her maternity leave, being able to spend this important time with Aria and Aros. We, of course, look forward to Lily being back at Dr. Gordon’s desk, but at the right time for her family.

Welcome to our all new Reception Team!


Jo-Ann is the new Supervisor in Reception, Shipping, and Records

Jo-Ann is the new Front Desk, Records, and Shipping Supervisor. With 20 + years combined administration and management experience, we are watching her organize her department, adding efficiency and heartfullness as she does. With both Becca and Alondra moving on to higher pursuits, Jo-Ann is busy training our newest additions. In addition to Jo-Ann’s previous work experience being a very extensive one, ranging from a recruiting background to construction, she also has a family she keeps in line and organized, so she has plenty of practice wrangling a crowd.

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No pics yet of the rest of our new team, but here is a brief intro on each:

Rosie graduated with her BS in Kinesiology from Sonoma State University in May, 2017. Her long term goal is to go into Occupational Therapy. She has about a year available before starting grad school, and we are delighted to have her on our team for now.

Isabella just joined the GMA family this week. Having recently graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in Kinesiology, Isabella relocated to Sonoma County with her boyfriend, whose career interests are inspired by our local vineyards. With a background in Kinesiology, there are many career paths available to Isabella, we look forward to having her at our front desk for now.


Fond farewells, and many thanks to those moving on!
Welcome to those who are new!

If you want more about any of out team, you will find pictures and bios on our website under Team.


Air Pollution Effects on Cognitive Ability: What Can You Do About It?

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You probably already know that air pollution has an impact on the lungs, making it more difficult to breathe, and even triggering asthma and other respiratory issues. You may have also noticed that you are more tired on days when the air pollution levels are high.

Did you know that air pollution can also affect your ability to think well and remember things? Research is discovering the impact of air pollution, especially particulate matter (PM) and ozone, on the central nervous system and the brain. It has been connected with developmental issues in children, and the development of vascular dementia, Alzheimer’s diseaseParkinson’s disease, and loss of brain mass and cognitive abilities in adults.

Brain fog, trouble with memory, word finding issues, [Read more…]


The Stony Brook Chronic Illness Project – Patient Survey

We are providing the following information as it may be of interest to some of our patients. They are particularly interested in patients with Mastocytosis or other Mast Cell disorders, as well as other types of chronic illness. We are not affiliated with the study, though we will be interested in the outcome.


Scientists at Stony Brook University are conducting one of the largest, most important research studies ever undertaken to understand people’s experiences with chronic illness.

The knowledge we gain from this study will help scientists and physicians to improve care and develop effective treatments.
This anonymous, online questionnaire welcomes any adult who has a rare or non-rare chronic illness to participate. The questionnaire is voluntary and takes approximately 30 to 60 minutes to complete.

Please click on the link below if you are interested in participating!

View Questionnaire Here >

Thank you for your contribution to our knowledge about chronic illness!

Jennifer Nicoloro-SantaBarbara, M.S.W., M.A., Project Director and
Marci Lobel, Ph.D., Principal Investigator and Professor of Psychology
Stony Brook University
Approved: May 15, 2017
Expiration Date: May 14, 2018


Google has a new app that can map air quality street by street

Google has been working on a new app that will map air quality street by street. Currently only available with info on Oakland, but the plan is to expand over time. Check out the interactive map. It looks  like some of the info could be generalized, like the increase in levels on major streets and highways.

We’ve been mapping air quality with Street View cars since 2014. Today, with our partners EDF and Aclima, we’re announcing the results of this effort for…

Disaster Preparation During Older Americans Month

Our local Red Cross contact sent us the following information to get us ready for anything the summer may bring:

With all the rain leading to stupendous plant growth after years of drought, the Sonoma County Emergency Coordinator’s office is planning for what could be devastating fires, like the ones that devoured 20% of Lake County last year. You can get alerts on your phone (phone call, email or text), computer, or tablet (email) from SoCo Alerts, and you can also download the FEMA Mobile Disaster App (See below).

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May is Older Americans Month (sorry we are late!) and a great time to ensure you or any members of your household prepare for emergencies.

The first step is identifying what you, or older (or disabled) adults in your household may need to be prepared. Evaluate those needs, include them in your emergency plan, and add any necessary items to your emergency supply kit. The Ready Campaign recommends seniors consider the following measures: [Read more…]


“Look of Lyme” Video Channel Launch at Under Our Skin

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What Does Your Lyme Look Like?

Look of Lyme is a new initiative by the makers of UNDER OUR SKIN to bring your personal stories of suffering and courage into the limelight. While the Internet and social media have exploded with personal videos, there is no place that serves as a repository and archive of the ever changing and growing landscape of Lyme disease. Look of Lyme changes that, offering a way to make the personal political by harnessing the power of crowdsourcing and media. Our individual stories create a collective story that cannot be dismissed! Also, as we begin to develop a third film in the UNDER OUR SKIN collection, Look of Lyme is a way we can screen for possible film subjects. After receiving your videos and possibly editing them for brevity, consistency and branding, we’ll present them on a new YouTube channel accessible to millions worldwide.

Go to the Look of Lyme webpage to get guidlines on how to film and submit your video.


Healthy St. Patrick’s Day Food!

Be sure to check the recipes for any ingredients that may be problematic for you. There are paleo style, vegie, dairy free, gluten free, and low carb options here. Find something to make the day special!

Round Up of Paleo Style Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

One Pot Bacon Barised Lamb Stew

One Pot Bacon Braised Lamb Stew by Cotter Crunch

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It’s Here! The GMA Patient Portal is Now Live

Good things are worth waiting for! It took a little longer than we planned, but the GMA Patient Portal is now up on the website. Secure messaging will make it easy to communicate and make changes in your appointments, update your address, your payment info, to upload labs or other documents, and to manage your prescriptions and get information on your treatment. Current patients can sign up now. If you have any problems signing on, contact your Medical Assistant for help.


12:00 Midnight Deadline to Sign Up for 2017 Insurance Through

ACA Sign Up Deadline 2017Get 2017 Health Insurance coverage. Health Insurance Marketplace

Official site of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Enroll now for 2017. See health coverage choices, ways to save today, how the law affects you.

In California you can use Covered California. If you start your application at Covered California before midnight, you will have until February 4 to complete it.


Help Set the Lyme Research Agenda with Survey

Lyme Research AgendaToday, launches a survey of 25 research questions for the community to vote on and prioritize. The answers will be used to develop a research agenda for the Lyme community which will be publicized and used as a tool to give patients a voice in the funding of research. The ultimate goal is to ensure that research that matters to patients is funded.

Take the Survey

Read more at Lyme Policy Wonk