Time to Climb Mount Health

Disclaimer:  Although we encourage physical activity, we advise readers to consult with their provider/primary care to make sure that strenuous physical activity is right for you.  AFP Patients may call 413-549-8400 to make an appointment with their provider to have a discussion regarding physical activity. Spring and warm weather is in the air, which makes this time the perfect time …

Spring is Here and So Are Allergies

Springtime is officially here and providers here at Atkinson Family Practice (AFP) say that springtime allergies are a huge concern this time of year.  According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, pollen allergies affects about 50 million adults in the United States each year which is also the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the United States.  The medical definition of …

AFP Welcomes New Provider Jenna Gigliotti – PA

Atkinson Family Practice (AFP) would like to welcome our new Physician Assistant, Jenna Gigliotti, to our stellar team of medical providers.  Originally from Trafford, Pennsylvania, she completed her Physician Assistant Studies at Duquesne University in 2016 and holds both a Bachelors and a Masters from the University.  Along with her degrees, Jenna holds a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell …

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 …

Atkinson Family Practice is your Patient Centered Medical Home

Earlier in the Summer of 2018, Atkinson Family Practice (AFP) achieved the prestigious status of becoming a certified Patient-Centered Medical Home. A medical home is best described as a model or philosophy of primary care that is patient-centered, comprehensive, team-based, coordinated, accessible, and focused on quality and safety. In order to offer comprehensive and coordinated care, a medical home must …

Do you have a penicillin allergy?

Penicillin can be a very useful drug, it can be used to treat respiratory tract infections, scarlet fever, and various infections which include the ear, skin, mouth, and throat.  However there is one theoretical one set back.  In the United States, one in every ten Americans are allergic to penicillin.  Or at least they could theoretically be allergic to the …

How to Survive the Cold Weather

You can’t deny it, winter is here and it’s pretty cold outside, especially some of the wind chills we are experiencing this year. Some of the two medical concerns in cold weather is frostbite and hypothermia.   Atkinson Family Practice would like to remind everyone that it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to the cold weather. These …

Dragonfly Provider Spotlight: Anne Belt Ye, MSPT – Thoracic Ring Approach

Have you ever taken a hard fall and heard an unsettling sound? Your first stop will most likely lead you to an x-ray machine and as you feared, the results show a clear break. Happy? Probably not… but at least you know what is wrong and what you have to do to fix it. Now, let’s imagine you have a …

Back and Heart Health is essential for snow shoveling

Many of us in Western Massachusetts will experience the upcoming snow storm that will accumulate 18-24 inches over the weekend.  Here at Atkinson Family Practice, we want to make sure that your health is not at risk while shoveling snow this weekend. Not only can snow shoveling affect your back, but also your heart.  Snow shoveling can be more strenuous …