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 …

Things to consider when you need same-day care…

We have same-day appointments! In fact, we plan for them… The world of healthcare can be baffling and sometimes overwhelming. With so many options (emergency departments, primary care offices, urgent care centers, retail clinics, etc.) Americans must do their research and choose accordingly when faced with medical needs. Urgent care centers only began popping up in the early 1980’s and …

Our Children Plugged In

I cannot count how many times a day my iPhone has helped me when I’m in a pinch. I don’t even think I could accurately count if I tried because I take so much of it’s use for granted, from quick directions and recipes to accessing photos and emails. If you have a smartphone, you most likely know what I’m …

TMS Diaries – Pam’s Story

A Honest Look into Life with Mental Illness and the Light at the End of the Tunnel “I started to laugh again… I’m not constantly struggling to concentrate at work… I don’t cry in the car – well maybe occasionally…”    Depression is not always easy to identify when you’re the one living with it. It can take a long …

Employee Feature – Kim Rose

Let’s close our eyes and pretend it’s not a muggy, September day in the midst of back to school routines and final trips to the beach. Instead, the room you’re in is filled with festive decorations, there are messy, but not too messy kids crafts at the ready, hot food is about to be served and holiday music is playing …

Dragonfly Provider Spotlight: Dr. Fatemeh Giahi, PhD, RDN

The foods and the nutrients we put into our bodies are the foundation blocks for our health. The meals we make, the groceries we buy: these food choices are ours to make. However, this freedom puts our wellness on a balance beam. Poor choices can alter your health in detrimental ways, affecting your energy, emotions, physical well being, and lifestyle. …

Winter is here! and so is cold and flu season…

WINTER IS HERE! To help you prepare, we’ve gathered some of our best information and tricks from our providers to keep you and your family healthy and safe this winter.   There is never a good time to catch the cold or the flu, however, if you find yourself feeling some of the common symptoms, here is a great guide …

Meningitis at UMASS Amherst

Meningitis at UMASS   There have been 2 cases of bacterial meningitis at UMASS Amherst. One is the B strain; the other has not been typed yet. There also is no known interaction between the 2 students. The Dept. of Health and the CDC are actively investigating. Currently this is not considered an outbreak. Only close contacts are at risk—the …