AFP Welcomes Judy Grupenhoff, MS, MEd

Atkinson Family Practice (AFP) would like to welcome Judy Grupenhoff, MS, MEd to our Functional Medicine Suite to teach patients various stress-management skills. Judy holds graduate degrees in Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport and Counseling Psychology from Cambridge College.  Judy is also a Certified HeartMath Clinician and Trainer through the HeartMath Institute (HMI). HMI is a recognized authority when it comes to stress management and optimal performance. The HMI system uses simple techniques and to help people lower stress and anxiety and increase a sense of inner peace.

For the past 10 years Judy has worked with patients of various ages from adolescents to adults using the HeartMath system.  She has helped people learn the skills needed to manage their nervous systems and emotions. This also includes lowering stress levels, anxiety levels, building emotional resilience, and increasing people’s health and well-being.  The HeartMath tools have been a core component of this work to help people with their well beings.

Here at AFP, Judy will be bringing her stress management expertise to the Functional Medicine suite. As an integrative health coach, she will be supporting patients in learning skills to reduce stress and in making lifestyle changes that support greater health and wellness.

“All of us experience stress, and a little is not a problem. But when stress becomes chronic or when we don’t have the tools to manage it effectively, it can affect our health, impair performance and decision making, and impact our relationships. Symptoms of chronic stress can include headaches, high blood pressure, insomnia, and feeling exhausted and overwhelmed.  Often, people have no idea how much their stress has been affecting their lives until they experience life with less of it.”

We are happy to have Judy here as part of the AFP Family.  If you would like to learn more about the HeartMath coaching through our Functional Medicine Suite, contact the front desk at (413) 549-8400 or by email at

Work cited

Institute of HeartMath. The Resilience AdvantageThe Resilience Advantage.

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