AFP PROVIDERS & STAFF
AFP Family Practice Providers
DRAGONFLY COLLABORATIVE CARE PROVIDERS
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AFP Behavioral Health Providers
All of our therapists are full up right now. We are maintaining a waiting list for them at the office and recommend that you see your PCP to address your mental health concerns at this time.
Kate Atkinson, MD, FAAFP, Medical Director
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 spinning and paddleboard Yoga. Doctor Kate can be reached via e-mail at email@example.com.
Michele Spirko, MD, Director of Public Health
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.
Careen Bertheaud, PA-C
Careen is originally from Hampden, Massachusetts. She received her M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies at Bay Path University after graduating from the University of Rochester with a M.S. in Medical Humanities and Bioethics and UMass Amherst with a B.S. in Biology because she wanted to be a strong advocate for patients and their families. She was raised in Western Massachusetts and remains very family-oriented. Careen, her fiancé and four dogs now live in Hampden where they enjoy spending time outdoors, doing DIY projects, and giving back to their community whenever possible.
Katelyn Dutkiewicz, PA-C
Katelyn completed her undergraduate work at Smith College with a focus in psychology in 2004 and her degree as a physician assistant 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.
Cory Rundle, NP
After living in California for 7 years, Cory moved to the Boston area to obtain her degree as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner at Simmons College. She has worked in many fields, most recently urgent care, but has always had a passion for primary care. She enjoys working with people who have chronic medical needs and working with them to find the best balance. She spends most of her free time taking care of small children and elderly parents, but one day hopes to return to rock climbing and contra dancing.
Mark Ryan, PA-C
Born in Missouri, Mark grew up in Sutton, MA and 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.
Alexis Severin, PA-C
Alexis grew up in Wilbraham and completed her Physician Assistant education at MCPHS University in Worcester after graduating from Worcester State. She is happy to be back in Western Mass where she enjoys being with family, reading, spending time outdoors hiking, kayaking, and snowboarding, and playing with her cat Mitts.
Martha Spiro, FNP
Martha’s career began at The Chicago Women’s Health Center where she worked as a lay practitioner. She found her love in patient-centered health care and in 1985, she received an MS in Nursing from University of Illinois/Chicago and her Family Nurse Practitioner certification. Martha has worked as a primary care FNP for more than thirty years. She also works at The Care Center in Holyoke, an educational setting for teen mothers. Martha will be doing palliative care and home visits, long-held passions for her and she feels lucky to have connected with AFP. Martha spends her free time with her two adult children and newly adopted grandsons; she plays guitar and sings, hikes as many mountains as she can with her dog, and swims in any body of water that’ll have her.
Miranda Tsoumas, PA-C
Originally from Belchertown, Miranda is one of our PA’s and graduated from the Springfield College Physician Assistant Program. Primary care has been a long dream of hers, and she loves building lasting relationships with her patients. Today, Miranda lives in Belchertown with her husband and enjoys spending time with her family whether it be camping, kayaking, hiking, or listening to/singing with her dad’s band. She also enjoys spending time with her sons Themis and Elias..
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.
Nora Schwartz-Martin, MD, Director of Behavioral Health
Nora joined Atkinson Family Practice in 2013. She was trained in psychiatry at New England Medical Center Cambridge Health Alliance, and Harvard University Student Services, and received training at Boston Psychoanalytic Association. She has extensive training in psychopharmacology and emergency psychiatry. The opportunity to work at an integrative medical practice AND raise her family in the town she grew up in was too good to be true, so Nora joined the AFP team. She believes she definitely made the right decision. Nora and her husband are the proud parents of two special needs teenagers, and their many talents continue to amaze them every day. In her free time, Nora loves skiing and swimming with her boys, and escaping the chaos of everyday life with her husband for date nights at the movies.
Zoe Abram - Coming to AFP Soon!
In therapy, Zoe works to honor clients’ experiences, move what is “stuck,” explore learned beliefs and behavior patterns, and aid in developing new ways of thinking and being. Before Zoe became a therapist, she was a farmer and worked in nature connection – she is amazed by the wildness of our internal landscapes as well as the external. She thinks of therapy as an invitation, to get curious, to accept, to uncover, to grow, and to awaken deeper self compassion and connection. Trained in conscious communication, Zoe sees counselors as part of a team, whether she is working with an individual, a couple or a family. Outside of work, you can find her spending time with loved ones including parenting her two kids, chasing a good “polar plunge,” singing along (off-key) to whatever music is playing, or daydreaming in the garden.
Max Baumkel, LCSW
Max (he/him/his) approaches clients with a gentle, curious, and playful stance, with a focus on building a therapeutic relationship grounded in safety and non-judgment. He works with people ages 13 and over around complex trauma, family-of-origin issues, relationship issues, and explorations of sex, sexual trauma, sexual identity, and gender identity. Max practices therapy through psychodynamic, attachment-based, and relational frameworks meaning that he believes our earliest experiences inform how we show up in relationships, and that a strong therapeutic alliance can give people space to try out new ways of being with ourselves and others. Max also believes that the impacts of racism/white supremacy, sexism, transphobia, homophobia, classism, ableism, fatphobia, and legacies of colonization show up in our bodies and shape our self-concept. He thinks that acknowledging how systemic privilege and oppression operate on/through us can be a valuable part of the therapeutic process. Max uses interventions from DBT/mindfulness practices to support people – and help people learn to support themselves – in moments of intense activation or distress. Max is also in the process of becoming an AASECT-certified sex therapist. He is a kink/BDSM-aware and polyamory-affirming practitioner. In his non-work life, Max likes to read, cook/eat, watch gymnastics, go on long walks, and make zines.
Laura Bete, LCSW, MSW
Laura is a trauma informed, integrative therapist who works with adolescents, adults, and couples. Some frameworks that guide their practice are Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), narrative therapy, and anti-oppressive psychodynamic theories. They specialize in working with folks who have experienced complex trauma, are struggling with depression, are gender questioning or transitioning, and who feel things really intensely. Before becoming a therapist, Laura worked as a wilderness guide and led backpacking trips in Maine. In their spare time, they enjoy reading and hiking with their two dogs.
Emily Bloch, LICSW
Emily is a therapist for adults and adolescents over age 16. Emily’s clinical approach is trauma-informed and relational, starting from the position that past experiences and attachments have profound effects on our everyday lives, relationships, and ability to move forward. She specializes in working with people experiencing challenges associated with relationships, parenting (from pregnancy through empty nest), careers, aging, trauma, and grief. She has a special interest in working with those inhabiting multiple cultures and communities (through, for example, racial identity, class, immigration, religion, and gender). Emily’s previous clinical work has been in community mental health, college counseling, parenting, and hospice 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. 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.
Susan Daily, LCMHC
Susan is thrilled to join AFP after moving here from Asheville, North Carolina. She works primarily with tweens, teens, young adults and parents of adolescents, as well as adults. Susan uses a multi-modal approach with her clients, drawing from CBT, Reality Therapy, DBT, Narrative Therapy and Psychodynamic Therapy. Her areas of focus include healthy relationships and sexual activity/education for all sexual orientations, teen couples therapy, gender identity, adolescent identity development, anxiety, depression, children of alcoholics, sexual assault recovery, ASD, technology and porn addiction, career counseling, self-harm and social challenges such as bullying, interpersonal skills and assertiveness. Before becoming a counselor, Susan was the Dean of Students at an experiential semester school, a middle, high school and college teacher in Cambridge, Oakland, San Quentin Prison and Asheville, and an Outward Bound wilderness Instructor, Course Director, and Education Director. She has also been a professional consultant, delivering workshops and trainings to teachers, administrators, parent groups and camp staff around the country on such topics as gender and sex education, healthy relationships, DEI and privilege, mental health first aid, and working with adolescents. It is her goal to make sure her clients feel respected, recognized, supported and empowered as they navigate their life journey.
Maria McCarthy, LICSW
Maria hails from the Boston area. She went to Assumption College in Worcester and graduated from Salem State College with her masters in social work. Prior to starting with AFP, Maria was a social worker and therapist for Wing Hospital in Palmer. She enjoys working with people who have both substance abuse and mental health issues. Her hobbies include going to the beach, and spirituality.
Greg Petrosky, Ed.D
Greg received his doctorate from Boston University where he focused on developmental studies and counseling. He has extensive training in both clinical psychology and sport psychology. He and his wife served in the Peace Corps before settling in Western Massachusetts. He has been practicing as a licensed Psychologist in this area since 1995. In addition to the development of programs and consultations to schools, Greg provides individual, family, and group psychotherapy serving children, adolescents, and adults. With use of behavioral, cognitive, and family techniques he seeks to create a supportive therapeutic environment that examines each member’s readiness for growth and builds upon their individual and collective strengths. Some specific areas of interest include working with people who are struggling with concerns about their bodies and weight. He enjoys helping people understand the relationship between food and psychological health. He also works with athletes, students, and professionals interested in strengthening their psychological skills as a means to improve performance.
John Reino, CAGS, LMHC
John’s been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor since 1998 after studying psychology at Boston University, Westfield State, and Springfield College. Earlier in his career he worked on inpatient units, at outpatient clinics and on a crisis team. After this he taught psychology at a local community college and worked at the VA in a research program. For the last 17 years he’s been employed in the criminal justice system working in prison mental health and as an addictions specialist within a local jail. John is a Gulf War veteran after serving 4 years aboard a destroyer as a Naval Officer. John is primarily trained in CBT but he employs other modalities as well. He spent one semester at a training institute in psychoanalysis to explore his interest in depth-psychology. John played ice hockey for 43 years; He now trains and competes in triathlon events throughout the northeast.
Evan Shopper, LICSW
Evan earned his degree from the Smith School of Social Work, and provides a compassionate, safe, and non-judgmental atmosphere to help his clients better understand themselves and those things which create suffering in their lives. He has an honest, straightforward approach, and is warm and respectful of his clients’ struggles and strengths. Believing that everyone is affected by past experiences and relationships, Evan helps others understand how these experiences affect them so that they can find healthier ways of living.While Evan works with adults, he also specializes in working with adolescents/children. He has experience treating people with trauma and abuse, complex relationship issues, and parenting challenges. When working with children, he collaborates closely with parents and guardians to support them and their specific family needs, and also works with Spanish-speaking parents. Evan can be reached on his confidential line at (413) 835-1593
Jennifer Smolinski, E.D, J.D., M.S
Jennifer Smolinski is our child/young adult therapist with a vast array of experience. She is a trained school adjustment counselor as well as an attorney. She has a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Supervisions from American International College in Springfield, MA, and she excels working directly with young people and their families. Her work at Atkinson Family Practice is as a therapist and advocate to provide support with social-emotional learning issues, anxiety, ADHD and stress management. Jennifer sees herself as part of a team working with kids and their families.
Anne Vaillant, Psychiatric NP
Anne Vaillant has worked in healthcare for over 30 years as a CNA, counselor, RN, nurse midwife and psychiatric nurse practitioner in community health centers, birth centers and tertiary care centers across the state. Anne joined AFP in January 2019 and is thrilled to find a holistic “medical home” where she can help to integrate primary care and mental health in one practice. Anne’s many clinical interests include mindfulness-based therapies, dialectical behavior therapy, and the relationship between adverse childhood experiences and subsequent mental and physical illness. In her spare time Anne can be found hiking with her family, gardening, fermenting, or making mosaics.
Hanna Vaughn, LCSW
Hanna is a licensed social worker specializing in children and young adults. Her style is warm, trauma-informed, and client-centered. As a queer, neurodivergent therapist, she is passionate about providing LGBTQIA+ and neurodiversity affirming care. Her therapeutic approach is informed by the Health At Every Size and disability justice paradigms. Outside of work, Hanna likes to read novels, tend to her plants, walk her dogs, and knit sweaters. .
Chaia Wolf, LICSW
Chaia is trained in Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, Mindfulness, Clinical Hypnosis and various meditation techniques. She has been a therapist helping individuals, couples and families transform their lives since 1997. She specializes in helping couples deepen and enrich their relationships, and parent more effectively. She is trained in Imago therapy, Gottman therapy and Non-Violent Communication. She provides the Stress Management Program, which helps individuals manage anxiety by developing healthy habits and positive solutions. She also provides a Women’s Holistic Health Program, supporting pre/postpartum women, women grieving pregnancy and other losses and women diagnosed with cancer and other health concerns. Chaia also offers Divorce Mediation Services. She has been a divorce mediator for the past twenty years and is a facilitator and program coordinator for divorce services with the Hampshire Probate Court. In her spare time, you can find her enjoying the trails, either on foot or cross-country skiing with my amazing family and puppy. In the summer time, she is either paddling in her kayak, picking blueberries in Maine, immersing herself (and family!) into new cultures, or just spending time laughing, playing cards, being in the community, and breathing deeply. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peter Wood, LICSW
Change is opportunity…and just because we don’t see the answer doesn’t mean it’s not there. Therapy may take a variety of paths depending on the goals of the person seeking help. Peter has over 20 years of experience providing treatment for people who have had the wisdom to recognize a problem and the courage to ask for help to improve his/her quality of life. Currently, Pete leads the Amherst Coop Support Group.You can reach Peter by phone at (413) 253-4094, or by e-mail at email@example.com
AFP Physical & Massage Therapy
Patience Bousel, CSE, CTP, LMT
Patience has been involved in the field of natural health for over 25 years. Her work uses gentle techniques to provide deep, long-lasting relief from pain, tension, and stress. She is a certified practitioner of Clinical Somatic Education and The Trager® Approach, as well as a Licensed Massage Therapist, providing Kripalu Bodywork and therapeutic massage. Patience has an eclectic background, having studied French and Art History at Bryn Mawr College followed by music school and training as a piano and harpsichord technician. She and her husband lived in Quebec for 20 years where they raised three children and a few dogs, and where Patience embarked on her study and practice of holistic health. Personal challenges led her to the study of oriental medicine and whole foods with a certification as a Natural Health Educator. With her current focus of Somatic education, she loves helping to empower her clients to find new possibilities for physical freedom and lasting change.
Haiying Conover, LMT
Haiying is a Licensed Massage Therapist who graduated from The Massage School in Easthampton. This was a twist in her professional plans since she actually holds her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Agriculture. Haiying says she has always been told that massage therapy was her calling as she used to practice on friends and family using unique techniques she learned growing up in Northeast China. In her practice she combines many methods including Shiatsu, Acupressure, Swedish, cupping, etc. Outside the office, Haiying loves to cook and teach Tai Chi outside during the warmer months, she’s always taking new students!
Deb Ellis, MSPT, NCS
Deb is a clinical specialist in neurologic physical therapy with over 20 years of experience in a wide variety of practice settings treating people with both neurologic and orthopedic medical issues. Her current clinical focus is on treating people with acute and chronic neurologic or neuromuscular challenges including needs in the areas of balance, mobility training and functional strengthening. Additional practice encompasses group work in the specialty areas of Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Osteoporosis and chronic pain.
Asher Marino, LMT
Asher 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, Asher combines various soft-tissue modalities in order to reduce pain and improve function for all clients. Asher’s foundation is built on many years training in fitness, movement therapy and corrective exercise and offers customized and articulate manual therapy.
Dominique DesLauriers, RDN, LDN
Dominique is a Licensed Registered Dietitian with five years of experience developing personalized nutrition plans that positively affect patient outcomes. She is a highly qualified and well-trained professional with a detailed HAES aligned and individualized approach. Diligent in staying updated on the latest research in nutritional science, eating disorder management, and counseling techniques., Dominique also credits her clients with taking that first step to action and prioritizing their health. She is honored to be part of their journey! She enjoys gardening, spending time with her dog Otis, hiking, getting creative through outlets like arts/crafts and writing, reading (a good bookstore may be one of her favorite places on earth), and all kinds of traveling adventures!
Judy Grupenhoff, MS, M.Ed., NBC-HWC
Judy has an MEd in Counseling Psychology, is an Integrative Health and Wellness Coach trained at Duke Integrative Medicine, and is a HeartMath® Certified Interventions Professional and Trainer. For the past 10 years she has worked with adults and adolescents, individually and in groups, helping them build resilience and improve health and well-being on all levels. Her skills-based approach synthesizes the latest research on stress physiology, neurobiology, and self-compassion and helps individuals learn practical skills to lower stress and anxiety and quiet their critical inner dialogs. In her free time Judy can often be found sitting on a rock near water, digging in the garden, or experimenting in the kitchen.
Fatemeh Giahi, Ph.D., RDN
Fatemeh has certificates of training in child, adolescent, and adult weight management. She is a certified LEAP therapist. She also provides medical nutrition therapy for patients who have dietary health concerns, such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, digestive disorders, and food sensitivity. Dr. Giahi believes it is her job to help you eat the right foods to stay healthy and active. Good nutrition is vital to a healthy lifestyle and is essential in the prevention of many chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. She is a registered dietitian and a licensed nutritionist with a PhD in Nutrition from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She has taught courses in nutrition and health in Amherst for many years and has two certificates of training in adult weight management and child/adolescent weight management from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Another area of her expertise is digestive health. She works with clients with all kinds of digestive issues including IBS, IBDs and food allergies.
Amanda Mittman, MS, RDN, LDN
As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, Amanda takes a collaborative approach in her work and finds that when it comes to setting nutrition goals the client knows best. Amanda practices from a non-diet, fat-positive, 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 (HAES) paradigms with her clients and is dedicated to helping people ditch “diet culture” and find food freedom and body acceptance. Most recently, Amanda completed her Masters of Science in Functional Nutrition and uses this specialized approach when providing medical nutrition therapy. She loves playing with her two labradoodles Rosie and Daisy, listening to true crime podcasts, and eating chocolate daily.
Jason Potash, DC, LMT
Originally from Peabody, MA, Dr. Jason Potash graduated Cum Laude from New York Chiropractic College and completed his clinical chiropractic training at Bay Pines VA hospital in Florida. Prior to attending NYCC, he completed his undergraduate degree at UMass Amherst where he was a member of the men’s rugby club and later became a licensed massage therapist through The Massage School of Easthampton. He continues to further his education with advanced training in sports medicine, fascial manipulation, perinatal care, and rehabilitative exercise. When he is not in the office he enjoys rock climbing, running, hiking, slacklining, making jewelry, playing chess and hanging out with his cat, Buju. Jason is accepting new patients (both AFP patients and outside patients) and his visits are covered by most insurance plans. If you’d like to schedule a visit, please reach out to the front desk at AFP.
AFP Therapy Dogs
Cammie is a yellow lab mix. She has no qualms about staying behind the desk to bother the AFP office workers or sprawl out in the Provider’s Office, so please let anyone who works here know if you’re uncomfortable around or allergic to dogs and Cammie will stay in the back!
Meet Suzie, AFPs new Therapy dog! Suzie is getting acclimated to her new environment, and spending time in the office. Please let anyone who works here know if you’re uncomfortable around or allergic to dogs and Suzie will stay in the back!
AFP Clinical Staff
Katrina Wheeler, LPN, Clinical Supervisor
Katrina has been an LPN for 30 years and is only one class away from the Bridge program. She has done many types of nursing including pediatric homecare, long term care, Alzheimer’s, teaching CNA classes, and being a residential unit nurse. She love spending time with her family. She and her husband have six daughters, two grandsons and two granddaughters, the youngest just born in May. In her spare time she loves running Spartan races with her daughter, taking pictures, kayaking, reading, exploring New England and being at the beach.
Joleen Barrett, Clinical Assistant
Prior to coming to AFP, Joleen worked for over a decade as a CNA. On her free time, she loves hanging out with her daughter. They often go hiking in the woods, collecting rocks, crystals and fossils, and they love being by the ocean.
Sheehan Choudhury, Clinical Assistant
Sheehan grew up in Ashland, MA and is a recent transfer student at UMass Amherst studying chemistry on the pre-med track. He previously worked as a medical assistant in Holyoke. In his free time, Sheehan likes to go running, biking, and trying new places to eat. This is his first time being in Western Mass but he is excited to explore the area and take in all the area has to offer while working at AFP!
Cecille Evidente, Clinical Assistant
Cecille completed her BSN degree in 2010 and has worked as a Staff Nurse in a tertiary hospital for more than two years. Before starting with AFP, she was a Nurse Review Manager for a medical equipment company. She has been with AFP for over a year now and loves it! Outside of work, Cecille spends most of her free time with her daughter.
Lily Kent, Clinical Lead, Amherst Office
Lily recently graduated from UMass Amherst on her journey to become a PA! She grew up in Sturbridge MA, home of the famous Old Sturbridge Village. During her free time, Lily loves to go adventuring and spend time with her friends, family, and dog Jessie. She is clinical lead and loving every minute of it, but loves her team even more! Lily is excited that AFP has taught her much more than she could ever ask for, and she cannot wait to apply that knowledge in future endeavors.
Marilei Legaspi, Clinical Assistant
Lei is a registered nurse, and has had more than six years of experience in the clinical field before landing at Atkinson Family Practice. She values the caring and therapeutic relationships she develops with patients. During her free time, Lei truly loves bonding with her family and friends, flipping through the pages of books and playing computer games she enjoys.
Lorena Lorenzana Clinical Assistant
Lorena is a registered pharmacist and had worked both in community and hospital pharmacies for five years. Outside of work, she is a super momma who loves to spend time taking care of her kids, Louiss and Jennielise. During her spare time, Lorena loves playing mobile games, cooking and watching movies. Working as a message nurse and scribe at Atkinson Family Practice changed her life and she is extremely excited for her journey in the coming years ahead!
Sarah May, Clinical Assistant
Originally from Connecticut, but now living in Hadley, Sarah recently graduated from Smith College with her Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience. She is trained as an EMT and before working at AFP, administered COVID vaccines at vaccination clinics and worked as a summer camp EMT. Sarah hopes to apply to physician’s assistant programs in the near future. In her free time, she likes to snowboard, play with her dog, go to the beach, make pottery, and hang out with friends!
Aldrich Mendoza, Clinical Assistant
Aldrich is a Registered Nurse and has practiced nursing as far away as Saudi Arabia. He has worked as a clinical assistant for almost four years now which helps him effectively help patients at AFP.
Zachary Newton, Clinical Assistant, TMS and Esketamine Coordinator
Zachary was born and raised in New Hampshire and recently graduated with a BA in anthropology and a BS in biology and psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He hopes to start graduate school soon and has a passion for helping people, especially those with mental health issues. When Zachary’s not at AFP, he loves teaching, reading, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.
Christopher Norman, Triage Nurse
Christopher recently started working at AFP and will serve in the role of the practice’s Triage Nurse. After graduating from Earlham College with a BS in biology in the mid 80’s, he trained as a Paramedic at Northeastern University. Afterwards he worked for a private ambulance company, responding to 911 calls for 17 years. Christopher attended the second bachelors nursing program at UMass Amherst in 2003 and graduated with a BSN. He spent the next 18 years working as an RN in a local emergency department, the last many years as a Charge Nurse. A long time Amherst resident, he lives in North Amherst with his wife, an ever changing collect of pets and three of his four adored children. Christopher enjoys travel, the beach, outdoor projects, biking, kayaking and visiting the Pioneer Valley brewerys.
Cynthia Rinos, Clinical Assistant/Scribe
Cynthia worked in a hospital for about ten years, starting as a ward nurse and working her way to becoming a dialysis nurse. Halfway into the Pandemic, she decided to take a break to take care of her family. She moved to nursing in a work-from-home setting. Her dedication to her patients does not fall short even if she works from home, and she makes sure that patients have the best care by working as a scribe now with Atkinson Family practice. Cynthia loves the beach and eating out. Currently, she is working on her master’s degree.
AFP Front Office
Jazer Barcellano, Patient Care Coordinator
Jazer was working as a customer service representative/technical support for Comcast and Spectrum until he got his license as a nurse in 2015. He started work in the hospital in 2018 as a ward nurse and was transferred to the ER department after a year. Due to the Pandemic, Jazer changed career paths and started work at AFP. He loves eating, playing computer games and riding his bike with his friends.
Sarah Forbes, Patient Care Coordinator
Originally hailing from Saco, Maine, Sarah moved to the Pioneer Valley four years ago. She worked in the hotel industry before coming to AFP and is finishing up her degree in Business Administration while getting her real estate license. She enjoys hiking and photography.
Lauren Laboursoliere, Patient Care Coordinator
Lauren LaBoursoliere grew up in Western Mass and currently resides in Belchertown. She comes from a personal background in leadership and mental health advocacy, along with a professional background in PCA work and customer service. Previous to joining the AFP family, Lauren was a part time student, majoring in biology, and her dream is to get into a radiology program some day. Because of COVID-19, Lauren took a break from school, but that’s what lead her to Atkinson Family Practice! In her spare time, she participates in 4H and has a passion for all animals!
Mary Pols, Patient Care Coordinator
Originally from New Jersey, Mary received her BA in Visual Arts from Rutgers University. Before joining AFP, she worked as a drafter for a civil engineering firm until she made her way to Western Massachusetts. She also worked for an education company for nearly 20 years and is a member of the Quabbin Arts Association. In her free time, she enjoys painting, reading, going for walks and spending time with friends and family.
AFP Amherst Billing & Back Office
Linda Hegarty, Office Manager
Linda has been with the Atkinson Family Practice since June 2009. She loves the local community and has lived in Belchertown the past 20 years with her husband Patrick raising their six “amazing” children. She feels that the best part of her job is chatting with our patients and making sure they come in the door with a smile and leave just as happy! Above all, her family is her number one priority and loves the time she spends with them. Enjoys a good book, the sunshine and a great glass of wine! Writing is her passion and in her blood. Her late father was a published novelist and poet. She someday hopes to follow in his footsteps by publishing a novel herself.
Michael Eason, Human Resources Manager
Michael is our Human Resources Manager who hails from Boston. He is focused working with each department to improve work flow, develop internal trainings, while promoting inclusivity, wellness, motivation and culture in a positive work environment. “People are an organization’s most valuable asset and the key to its success.”- Dave Bookbinder
Lynn Cournoyer, Medical Bookeeper
Lynn grew up in New Hampshire and moved to Massachusetts after graduating high school. She has worked in various accounting and administrative positions and has completed two accounting certificate programs at Greenfield Community College. She was attracted to AFP because of AFP’s approach to medicine. Nutrition, exercise and prevention have always been high on her list. Lynn is also an animal lover and enjoys having the therapy dogs in the office. She is thrilled that you are not just a number here. That is very apparent in the members of the AFP team. A genuine care and concern for their patients! The practice is very supportive of professional growth. Lynn lives on a small farm in Millers Falls with her husband, three dogs, cat, horse and chickens. She enjoy gardening (veggies and flowers) and spending time with the fur kids!
Jessica Hawley, Admin Services Supervisor
Jessica began her career with AFP in September 2015 and leads a team providing all aspects of billing, including insurance questions, coding and payments. She holds a CPC certification through the AAPC and has over 12 years of experience in healthcare, billing, and coding. Jessica and her husband, Bryan, have a beautiful daughter, Kaitlyn, Max the cat and a massive slobbering dog named Napoleon. She enjoys spending quality time with her family camping and hunting on their property in Russell.
Cheri Couture, Billing Supervisor
Cheri worked for many years in the manufacturing world before she changed career paths and joined the medical field. She has an Associate’s Degree in Business Management and is also a Certified Medical Assistant. She has been here at Atkinson Family Practice since 2011 when she started in Clinical and now works in Billing.Cheri was born and brought up in Ware, where she continues to live with her husband Terry and their three fur-baby boxers: Zeus, Zeena, and Tytus. Her children, grandchildren, dad and siblings all live in the area and play an important part in her “family oriented” life.Any free time she can find is spent developing spiritually; creating specialty woodworking projects; taking pictures of nature/people/animals; shooting archery; and relaxing by reading, crocheting, and scrapbooking.Cheri’s life experiences have taught her to forever seek out the good in life and the beauty in each day…laugh often and enjoy creation, appreciate the magic. One of her favorite quotes is from Wayne Dyer…”Everything that has happened to you is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to prevent you from growing…YOU get to choose!!”
Lindsey Boller, Referrals Coordinator
Lindsey has lived in Amherst, MA since the summer of 2019. She moved from Buffalo, New York where she lived her whole life with her parents and three sisters, to be with her boyfriend as he attends graduate school at UMass Amherst. Before starting her job as a receptionist at AFP she worked as a pharmacy technician at CVS. She has a passion for helping people and loves interacting and getting to know patients (old and young). She currently lives in Amherst with her boyfriend, their two guinea pigs Harvey and Stanley, and their cat Chemi. Lindsey loves being outside and can often be found reading or taking a nap in her free time.
Kirsten Cook, Marketing Coordinator
Kirsten is very excited to be joining the AFP family as the new Marketing Coordinator. Before coming to AFP, Kirsten graduated from Westfield State University with a degree in Communications. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outside on her family’s dairy farm, and in her own vegetable garden!
Kristie Poehler, New Patient Coordinator/Group Medical Visit Coordinator
Kristie has been with AFP since October 2019. She began as Marketing Manager and then moved to the roles of New Patient Coordinator and Group Medical Visit Coordinator. Kristie has a Master’s in Education and is the owner of History Pages. She is also a published author of historical fiction and non-fiction and loves to travel, read and cook. Kristie lives in Belchertown with her son.