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!


If you’ve misplaced your supplement ordering code given to you by your AFP Provider or are attempting to reorder supplements, please contact the Front Desk at (413) 549-8400 and tell the receptionists you would like another code from Jessica Jimison FNP-C. Thanks!

Latest Happenings at AFP

Jumpstart! Exercise Program

Are you motivated to start moving, but don’t know where to begin? Have you been out of practice for awhile? Are you having trouble making exercise goals and knowing what is the best approach for you?

Turn over a new leaf with Jessica Jimison FNP-C and Anne Ye MSPT at the Jumpstart! Exercise Program!

Jumpstart! is a basic education program designed to teach the foundations of exercise through hands-on practice. The goal is to get up and get moving…safely. You will learn:

  • Why you do each exercise
  • How to get the most out of what you’re doing
  • When to make each exercise harder, and when to make it easier
  • How to adapt each exercise to accommodate existing issues
  • To push yourself using clear, reasonable parameters.

Jumpstart! is a beginner to intermediate level class, and the perfect introduction to Watch Your Back! Healthy Back Class. Interested in signing up, or dropping by for a session? Call the Front Desk at (413) 549-8400 to learn more!

EMDR Group Therapy for Patients with Cancer

Have you been diagnosed with cancer in the past year? Do you know someone who has?

 AFP is excited to host a groundbreaking research study regarding EMDR Therapy. EMDR is a psychological treatment that helps people come to terms with traumatic events in their lives. Until recently, it was only available for individuals, but now we have protocols to use the therapy in a group setting.

If you think you might qualify to participate in this study and receive high-end psychological treatment from a licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience, contact Dr. Amanda Roberts at (413) 253-0440 or e-mail her at

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Watch Your Back!

Are you concerned with your (lack of) core strength? Do you have a lot of lower back pain from poor posture? Tired of debilitating/recurring back pain? Looks like you better…


Join Jessica Jimison FNP-C and Anne Ye MSPT’s motivated back and core strengthening class! You will learn how to…

  • Build and maintain healthy core strength and prevent future injury
  • Reduce lower back pain
  • Improve posture and stabilize postural support muscles
  • Use breath to help relax the nervous system and access deeper core muscles
  • Utilize the core to optimize functional activity and body mechanics

This small class provides unique attention from a seasoned physical therapist and nurse practitioner, and will help you pave the way to independence from back pain. Each participant will get a customized regimen specific to their own medical need. Watch Your Back! Is not a drop in class; It runs in eight week sessions, and participants must be able to commit to good attendance

Call the Front Desk at (413) 549-8400 to learn more!

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!

Balance Your Blood Sugars

Functional Medicine uses a customized, comprehensive approach to wellness based in science and the latest genetic research. This can optimize the body’s natural healing mechanisms and address the root cause of disease, rather than treating it symptomatically. In Balance Your Blood Sugars with Jessica Jimison FNP-C and Gina Fasser, functional medicine assistant, you will use Functional Medicine to learn…

  • To understand how daily habits affect blood sugar, and why you should care
  • Why diabetes develops and how to slow/prevent it
  • Natural ways to balance blood sugar

This supportive, collaborative environment is ideal for patients with: PCOS; Obesity; Impaired Fasting Glucose (pre-diabetic); Concerns with health implications regarding weight management; Type II Diabetes (or a family history). Call the Front Desk at (413) 549-8400 to learn more today!

Quilting with Paulette!

Are you interested in Quilting, but don’t have anyone to do it with? Would you love to get started but don’t know how? Looking for a new, free hobby?

 Every Monday at 12:30, we are holding a Quilting class run by the lovely Paulette Smith.

The class is free to all who wish to attend, your only requirement is to bring scissors and a positive attitude!

If you have any questions, or wish to contact Paulette, email her at You may also contact the Front Office at (413) 549-8400 and ask to speak with Vickie, or e-mail her at

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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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