Provider and Staff Bios


Dr. Kate Atkinson

Dr. Kate Atkinson

Dr. Kate Atkinson received her medical degree at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1996 and Family Practice Residency at UMass. She began her career as a Registered Nurse in California, having received her BSN at California State University in Los Angeles. Her nursing was with oncology, geriatrics and Hospice.

Dr. Kate is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and is Board-Certified by the American Board of Family Physicians. She lives in Amherst with her husband Steve and is the proud mother of 4 children. You can often see her family performing in local theatrical productions. The older two children are in college. In her free time…?… free time…?… maybe check back after the new office is built to see what she will do when she has free time.


Dr. Paul Baecher

Dr. Paul Baecher

Paul Baecher grew up in Sea Cliff, Long Island. He attended Fordham College and Cornell Medical School. He completed his family practice residency at St. Margaret Memorial Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. He met his wife Cindy in Pittsburgh and he worked in a large family practice group until 1995. Next, he moved with his wife and four children to Amherst where he worked for Kaiser and then Valley Medical.

Paul loves any sport that his joints permit. He relaxes by gardening and cutting wood. He is a Giants fan, but when his family is present he is an avid Steelers fan.


Katelyn Dutkiewicz, PA-C

Katelyn Dutkiewicz, PA-C

I grew up locally in Westhampton, graduated from Smith College in 2004 with a BA in psychology. Toward the end of my undergraduate career it became quite clear to me my future was in medicine. I took the following two years to gain medical experience, complete pre-requisite courses and in 2008 graduated from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science with my PA degree. I have been working in Family Medicine since.

My husband Aaron and I recently welcomed our first daughter, Rosalie into our family in April. She is a continuous source of overwhelming joy for us. When not with her or spending time with my lovely family I can be found running or outside walking, hiking, gardening. If I can manage to stay awake I also love a great work of fiction!


Charles Milch, MHP, MBA, PA-C

Charles Milch, MHP, MBA, PA-C

I am a physician assistant with a vast array of experiences in medicine from emergency medical to primary care family practice. My wife Nancy and I have four children, and we are outdoor sports enthusiasts and longtime residents of Pelham. I am a National board certified physician assistant since 1995 and have a background in engineering and information systems as well as business. Currently, I’m an associate professor and the program director of the physician assistant program at Springfield College.

During my entire career as a physician assistant, I have been and continue to be an advocate for positive lifestyle change to prevent chronic disease and improve the quality of my patients’ lives. In my free time you can find me biking around Amherst. I also enjoy gardening, hunting, fishing, dancing, skiing, playing the mandolin, practicing my Spanish and also doing community service work in Nicaragua. Of course doing all of this with my family makes it an even more enjoyable experience.


Nora Schwartz-Martin, M.D.

Nora Schwartz-Martin, M.D.

Dr. Nora trained in Psychiatry at New England Medical Center, Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard University Student Services, as well as having psychoanalytic training at Boston Psychoanalytic Association. She also has training in Emergency Psychiatry, psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. Ten+ years experience working with children, adolescents and families. She can be available for consultation, therapy and medication assessments to patients of the Atkinson Family Practice. She will be involved in consultation/collaboration with the Dragonfly Integrative team.


Erik Muten MFA, PsyD

Erik Muten MFA, PsyD

As a catalyst of transformation, Erik encourages people to love and live fully in the present moment as their unique self. He is both a very practical behavioral psychologist and when called for….a depth and archetypal psychologist. He works with a wide range of challenges that his patients bring to him and suggests that they focus on what they can really influence and control. Erik has a great sense of the interconnectedness of mind, body and spirit. He lives in two worlds: this busy practice at the Atkinson Building and a cabin in the mountains of Vermont. This is consistent with his needs for action and reflection, science and art, working with his hands and his mind, and his love of beauty in all its mysterious forms.