AFP Noho Providers
Dr. Kate Atkinson, MD, FAAFP
Dr. Kate received her medical degree at UMass Medical School in 1996 and completed her Family Medicine Residency at UMass in Worcester. She began her career as a Registered Nurse in California, having received her BSN from California State University in Los Angeles. Her work in Oncology and Hospice spurred her interest to transition to medicine from nursing. Dr. Kate is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and is Board-Certified by the American Board of Family Physicians. Kate and her husband Steve live in Amherst—their 4 kids are growing up much too quickly. You can often see her family performing in local theatrical productions, dancing or playing Ultimate. In her free time Dr Kate loves Zumba and crossword puzzles. Doctor Kate can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michelle Spirko, MD
Michele received her medical degree from the University of Connecticut in 1996 and stayed on at UConn to complete her Family Medicine Residency at Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. Michele has a passion for teaching and completed a Faculty Development Fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, subsequently serving as faculty. She is currently Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Kinesiology at UMass Amherst. Michele and her husband have lived in Western Massachusetts since 2001, and she savored a prolonged career hiatus to stay home full-time and raise their growing family. An enthusiastic modern quilter, she can also be found cheering her kids on at sporting events, tackling DIY home projects, and expanding her perennial gardens. Time at the beach with her family (and dog!) is her favorite thing of all.
Katelyn Dutkiewicz, PA-C
Katelyn completed her undergraduate work at Smith College with a focus in psychology in 2004 and her medical degree through Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science in 2008. Since then she has been happily practicing Family Medicine. She finds it a true pleasure to work with patients of all ages on their journey through life, and follows a team approach to care between patient and provider. She recognizes that health is comprised of mind, body and spirit, and passionately approaches patient care with that in mind always, embracing AFP integrative resources whenever possible. Born and raised in Westhampton, she is now happily settled back there with her husband and two beautiful daughters! Initially stationed at the Amherst office, she is now exclusively in Northampton hoping to embrace and support the community on “the other side of the bridge”! Spare time is scarce, but whenever possible she loves to stay active and fit cycling and running, gardening, and hustling around town with her children.
Mark Ryan, PA-C
Born in Missouri and grew up in Sutton, MA, Mark first moved to the Pioneer Valley while completing his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from UMass Amherst, graduating in 2015. He then went on to graduate from the Physician Assistant program at Springfield College. During his training, Mark had the opportunity to complete a clinical rotation at Atkinson Family Practice. He greatly enjoyed working with the entire staff and patients. Mark was drawn to AFP’s integrative approach to patient care and welcoming atmosphere. In his spare time, he enjoys running, playing basketball, hiking, fishing, biking, and spending time with family.
Sarah Vacca, PA-C
Sarah grew up in Reno, NV, but went to college in Boston, MA and stuck around ever since graduating from BU in 2012. She chose to apply to PA school and is fortunate to have attended the Springfield College PA program which allowed her to stay in the Pioneer Valley, a community she has grown to love. In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with family and friends, being outside, and playing with dogs.
AFP Noho Specialists
Amanda Mittman, RDN, LDN
Amanda is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in Western Massachusetts. In addition to private practice, for the past five years, Amanda has worked at Head Start & Early Learning Programs as the Nutrition Specialist and the Health Manager. Amanda takes a collaborative approach with her work and finds that when it comes to setting nutrition goals the client knows best. With anyone she works with, Amanda takes a non-diet, weight-inclusive/neutral approach focusing on improving health outcomes without an emphasis on weight loss. She has found great success in sharing “Intuitive Eating” and “Health At Every Size” paradigms with her clients and has a passion for helping people ditch “diet culture,” finding freedom and acceptance around their body and food. Along with pursuing her Masters of functional nutrition, Amanda is also training to be a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. Amanda received her BA in Communication from The George Washington University and completed her dietetic coursework and internship at New York University and Keene State College. She is currently working on a Master’s candidate in Human Nutrition at the University of Bridgeport.
AFP Noho Therapists
Allison Marino, LMT
Allison brings over 15 years of dedicated work experience and education to the table. As a licensed massage therapist specializing in orthopedic, myofascial and pain management therapies, Allison combines various soft-tissue modalities in order to reduce pain and improve function for her clients. Her foundation is built on many years training in fitness, movement therapy and corrective exercise. Allison offers customized and articulate manual therapy and welcomes all into her practice.
Emily Bloch, LCSW
Emily joins AFP as a therapist for adults, pre- and postpartum parents, elders, adolescents, college students, and children over 8. She collaborates with clients to better understand themselves and to create new, more compassionate ways of living going forward. She specializes in working with individuals, couples, and families who are experiencing stress or anxiety while adjusting to new realities, as well as challenges associated with relationships, parenting (prepartum through empty nest), grief, aging, school or career struggles. Her previous clinical work has been in community mental health, college counseling, high school, hospice, and outreach settings. Emily earned her degree from the Smith College School for Social Work. Emily also holds an MFA in Fiction Writing and comes to clinical social work after a first career as a writer and journalist with a focus on parenting and women’s health.
Natasha Campbell, LICSW
Natasha provides individuals who at some time have felt marginalized, rejected, oppressed, discriminated, and need a safe space to emotionally explore the psycho-dynamics of their life trials, not short from trauma to daily stressors. She specializes with those struggling with depression, anxiety, OCD, gender transitioning and questioning. Using a multicultural center approach, CBT, motivational interviewing and strength-based perspective, she engages with individuals to reach their desired potential. Natasha has over 12 years of experience working with adolescents ages 13-23, families, and couples. Along with her clinical work, she currently teaches as an adjunct professor for the school of social work with both Elms and Smith Colleges. Natasha understands the need to connect privately, culturally and ethnically in therapy. She has a special interest in working with professionals, multicultural populations, African-Americans, Caribbean-Americans, Hispanic, Biracial identities, transgender, LGBTQIA, and all populations of people that struggle to comfortably address their mental health needs.
AFP Noho Clinical Staff
Heather Clapp, Medical Assistant
Heather has been a Medical Assistant at AFP since April of 2018. She has been a phlebotomist for the past 18 years and came to AFP to work in a family practice setting to utilize her phlebotomy and medical assisting skills. Outside of AFP, she enjoys spending time with her family and pets.
Alexia Bowens, Registered Medical Assistant
Alexia Bowens (also known to many as Lexi) has been a part of Atkinson Family Practice since July 2019. After graduating from medical assisting school, Lexi is now a qualified healthcare professional with two voluntary national certificates in the medical assisting field. She came to AFP with over 7 years of customer service experience and her energetic personality! While exercising a high degree of care and diligence at Atkinson Family Practice, Alexia also works as a Personal Care Assistant, a job she adores doing! On her free time, Alexia is either spending quality time with her family, or traveling.
AFP Noho Front Desk & Office
Lisa Elliott, Front Desk Supervisor
Lisa grew up in Holyoke, Ma. She has two amazing kids of her own and four stepchildren that she absolutely adores. She is currently working on her BA in forensic psychology. Outside of AFP, Lisa tries to find some time for herself by relaxing and going on special trips with the kids to do fun things. She loves going to the beach and just being outside.
Megan Russell, Receptionist
Megan grew up in Sunderland. She attended Umass Amherst where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English. Originally she had plans to be a librarian, however, after she graduated college she landed a job as a medical receptionist. Since then her interest in the medical world has grown. She is currently working on finding her niche in the medical world, while learning all she can as a receptionist. Her favorite part of being a receptionist is getting to know the patients. In her spare time you can find her curled up with a good book, knitting, writing, or spending time with her dog.