All About Liz

Learn About Liz’s Health Coach Journey For three years, Liz Gelotte has been working as one of Atkinson Family Practice’s Medical Scribes, working in the Functional Medicine Suite. With a new goal in mind, Liz has been receiving her health coach training through the internationally accredited Functional Medicine Coaching Academy. Liz has never heard of a health coach until Jessica …

Making Big Moves

Katelyn Dutkiewicz to move across the bridge to the new Northampton Office Since the birth of her daughter Rosa, Katelyn Dutkiwicz PA-C has been working in our Amherst Office for the past six years.  With the opening of our Northampton office, Katelyn will be one of several Primary Care Providers at AFP: NoHo. “I am absolutely thrilled to be expanding …

Atkinson Family Practice welcomes back Mark Ryan as a new PA

Mark Ryan PA-C will be coming back to Atkinson Family Practice to be a Physician Assistant at AFP’s new building in Northampton, Mass.  Mark was a student at AFP during a clinical rotation for his PA studies. He then immediately fell in love with AFP, “I greatly enjoyed working in such a unique and integrative practice,” Mark explained.  He also …

Sarah Vacca returns with a new role

Atkinson Family Practice is excited to welcome back Sarah Vacca, PA-C as a provider.  Once the Clinical Supervisor at AFP, she’ll be returning to work as a Provider in the new Northampton office.  Originally from Reno, Nev., Sarah recently completed the requirements to receive her Physician Assistant Degree from Springfield College.  Sarah is excited to be back as a provider …

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 …