Integrative Family Care

Atkinson Family Practice is an Amherst-based family medical home. We balance a science-based approach to health and wellness with an attitude of fun, compassion, and openness. Here, you’re more than just a patient—you’re part of our family. We feel that we have built something special and are looking forward to caring for you and yours. Let us tell you more about ourselves and our policies regarding our partnerships with patients seeking their best health.

You can find more info about our policies here.

Contact Doctor Kate Here!


Latest Happenings at AFP

TMS: Alternative Depression Treatment

Do symptoms from depression interfere with your every day life? Are you dissatisfied with results from your antidepressants, or do the side effects worry you? Have you tried 2-4+ different anti-depressant treatments, and had unsatisfactory results?

Then TMS Therapy may be the right choice for you!

TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) is the first and only FDA Approved treatment for depression that does not require surgery or medication, and is safe and effective. TMS has had extensive research to back it up at several major medical research universities, and the only side effect is slight scalp discomfort during the actual procedure. Dr. Kate says,

“I am so excited to have a non-pharmaceutical treatment right here in the office for people suffering from depression. The studies using TMS technologies fill me with optimism, and I’m looking forward to a brighter future!”

Read more on our blog!

Giggles and Greens

Are you a new parents, or going to be very soon? Then we have the perfect class for you!

Giggles and Greens will address all stages of pregnancy and early child development with a focus on the nutritional, emotional, social, and physical requirements of the parent-baby pair. This class is for parents who are expecting or who have a baby less than 18 months old. It’s a great way to get a lot of health/postpartum advice, and meet other families in the area…all at once!

Giggles and Greens is going to take place on the second Friday of every month, and you can call the front desk at (413)  549-8400. The class is going to be run by Katelyn Dutkiewicz PA, Michele La Rock MS RDN LDN, and Chaia Wolf LICSW, and takes place right here at AFP!

Jumpstart! Exercise Prescription Program

Are you motivated to restart an exercise program? Are you having trouble making exercise goals and knowing what is the best approach for you?

Then join Deb Ellis PT and Jessica Jimison FNP for a practical and supportive approach to restarting regular exercise and…JUMP START YOUR EXERCISE IN THE NEW YEAR!

You will learn why you do each exercise, how to get the most out of what you’re doing, how/when to make each exercise harder/easier, how to adapt each exercise to accommodate existing issues, and how to push yourself using clear, reasonable parameters. THEN you’ll work with providers to come up with ideas for an exercise progression to continue trying new things after the program is over. Participants MUST commit to six sessions, and all it costs is your traditional co-pay times six! Call the Front Desk to learn more.

Balance Clinic with Deb Ellis

Are you concerned about your balance? Have you had any falls in the last six months? Do you wonder if you should be working on your balance more actively to prevent problems? If so…


Come to the Monthly Balance Clinic for a FREE Balance Assessment!

Deb Ellis, MSPT, NSC, and Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy

Wellness for Life Nutrition Class

A Weight Loss and Lifestyle Change Program

Come meet with AFP’s PA Charles Milch and RN Michele LaRock once a week to learn how to make delicious, HEALTHY food that provides for a stable foundation

How to transition to healthy eating
How to safely increase physical activity
How to recognize and manage stress
How to set goals and stay motivated

Change the way you eat, exercise, manage stress, and set goals with Michele LaRock MS, LDN, RDN and Charles Milch MHP, MBA, PA-C.

Cost: Your Traditional Co-pay (times six weeks) + $20 fee

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Latest News from the Office

So you just saw one of our lovely providers, and they told you that they sent a prescription to the pharmacy. When you call the pharmacy to confirm, the pharmacist has no clue what you’re talking about! They try to tell you AFP never sent the prescription over, and that we are at fault. Undoubtedly, confusion, rage, and hopelessness muddles your head, and you begin to lose faith. Who should you believe?

There are several plausible reasons as to why the pharmacy tech could have told you they never received the rx…

  1. They haven’t checked the fax machine recently.
  2. The insurance denied the prescription.
  3. The pharmacist had questions about the prescription and didn’t want to release it without speaking to the provider first.
  4. They have been too busy to check the prescriptions left on the pharmacy voicemail, which is supposed to be checked every hour.

Please don’t sadly leave the pharmacy thinking your AFP provider has let you down! While we – both the pharmacists AND the AFP staff – are only human and it’s certainly possible the mistake was on our end, that’s rarely the case. Have faith in us to check into your situation further!

Have you switched up your insurance in the New Year? Or ever? If so, we need to know!

Whenever your insurance changes, please notify us. If the information we have for you is incorrect it takes MUCH longer for services you need – such as prior authorizations, referrals, and imaging – to go through because they can’t be approved with old info.

Any questions? Give us a call at 413-549-8400 and we’d be happy to talk to you about it. Thanks a bunch for your cooperation!

(January 15, 2016)

Beginning July 1, 2012, it is illegal to dispose of any sharp needles in Massachusetts landfills.

This means you can no longer throw out sharps in your household trash.

What do I do?!

1. Purchase a Sharps container at either the Amherst Health Department or the Amherst Transfer station (cost of container includes disposal when returned to an Amherst facility)


2. Fill the Sharps Container with used needles and syringes.

3. Return the full box of Sharps to one of the following locations:

Amherst Health Department
Bangs Community Center – 1st Floor (70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst MA 01002)
9 am – 12 pm


Amherst Transfer Station
740 Belchertown Road, Amherst MA 01002
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 8 am – 2 pm

Please direct all questions to the Amherst Health Department at 413-259-3077

July 1, 2012

Atkinson Family Practice offers cutting-edge, integrative, evidence-based care with a personal, warm, whole-family approach.

Patient Testimonials

Everything from the atmosphere to the front desk staff to the medical professionals and even the furry Nurse Ginger (a therapy dog) is top notch. Dr. Kate is an excellent doctor who runs a fantastic practice that really cares about its patients. Many doctors turn their backs on chronically ill patients out of frustration. As a person who was diagnosed with chronic intractable migraines over 12 years ago, I can truly say that Dr. Kate and Company have never given up on me, making appointments available to me on short-notice during migraine attacks, negotiating with my insurance company regarding various treatments, working well with other specialists on my team, and always offering up a healthy dose of empathy and compassion. Their integrative approach to healthcare is refreshing and helpful. These folks begin to feel like family, their office like a medical home. Even if I eventually re-locate from the Valley someday, I suspect I’ll commute back for appointments if at all possible. I give AFP my highest recommendation.
When I walk into AFP I’m with trusted friends who holistically want what’s best for my health. Sometimes medicine is the answer but other times nutrition or mindfulness or therapy answers were best.

With these services and a lab right in the fabulous Atkinson Building, getting all the health care I need is convenient. Best of all Dr Kate is an awesome human being. She is pragmatic and caring and a real delight to be around.

Our community is so lucky to have Dr Kate’s practice filling the void where massive medical conglomerates have wiped out most local family doctor’s offices. It’s not an easy role to fill these days but Kate is tireless and driven to make a difference in patients’ lives.
Being cared for at this practice is a blessing to our family and we are very thankful. We are always compassionately cared for by the entire staff! Thank you especially to Dr. Kate and Miranda!!
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