Amherst Providers and Staff
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 email@example.com.
Nora Schwartz-Martin, MD
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 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 about three years ago. 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.
Michele 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.
Charles Milch, MHP, MBA, PA-C
Charles has been a National board certified physician assistant since 1995 and has a background in engineering and information systems as well as business. Charles is also the chair/program director and assistant professor of Physicians Assistant Studies at Springfield College. During his entire career as a PA, he has been and continues to be an advocate for positive lifestyle change to prevent chronic disease and improve the quality of his patients’ lives. In his free time you can find Charles biking around Amherst. He also enjoys gardening, hunting. fishing, dancing, skiing, playing the mandolin, practicing Spanish and also doing community service work in Nicaragua.
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 son Themis.
Jenna Gigliotti, PA-C, MPAS
Jenna grew up in a suburb outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She completed her Bachelors and Masters degrees at Duquesne University and became a certified Physician Assistant in August of 2016. She has completed an online Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University. She has also Board Certified in Lifestyle Medicine from the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. When she is not working, you can finder her running on trails and competing in local races, hiking, playing with dogs, vegetable gardening, cooking tasty plant- based meals, practicing yoga, and reading. She currently lives in South Amherst.
Jessica Jimison, FNP-C, IFMCP
Jessica was raised in Amherst, grew up as a landscaper, and got her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from UMass Amherst. She got her Master’s in Nursing from Boston College and worked as a Nurse Practitioner on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Wolf Point, Montana. She joined AFP in 2016 with nine years of experience in family practice. Jessica loves the blending of science with education that is the practice of medicine, and also the art of working with individuals, meeting people where they are, and empowering them to care for their health. She anticipates becoming an IFMCP (Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Provider) in 2018. Jessica lives with her daughter in Amherst, and enjoys road trips and pruning in the landscape.
Jennifer Jordan, DNP, APRN, FNP-C
Jennifer received her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Elms College in the Spring of 2018 and become certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner shortly after. She has nearly 20 years of nursing experience ranging from acute care, case management, public health and nursing leadership. She is passionate about integrative family medicine and a team approach to bringing wellness to the whole person, family and community. Jennifer believes healthcare does not end once symptoms are treated. True wellness is a state of whole being- achieved by building partnerships between patients and providers. As a provider, she welcomes the privilege to coach and educate her patients, their families, and the community to optimum health. Jennifer’s philosophy is deeply rooted in achieving a healthy lifestyle to promote wellness while meeting patients where they are in their journey. Jennifer lives in Belchertown with her husband, their four children, two dogs, and parrot.
Fatemeh Giahi, PhD, 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.
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.
Wendy Chabot, MD, FAAP
Dr. Wendy Chabot, M.D. is a pediatrician, health and wellness coach, and instructor of mindfulness based stress reduction. With a strong commitment to health risk reduction and lifestyle interventions, she has received additional training in cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia and smoking cessation.
Judy Grupenhoff, MS, MEd
For the past 10 years she has worked with adults and adolescents, individually and in groups. Her skills-based approach uses the HeartMath tools and biofeedback system and synthesizes the latest research on stress physiology, neurobiology, and self-compassion These skills help individuals learn to lower stress, manage anxiety, build resilience, and increase well-being. In her free time you can Judy sitting on a rock near water, digging in the garden, or cooking
Patience Meigs 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.
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 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.
Anne Vaillant, Psychiatric NP
Anne has been working in women’s health for 25 years. She has worked as an RN, WHNP and CNM, in community health centers, birth centers, and tertiary care centers across the state. Anne spent the last 10 years in outpatient private practice in Westfield and Springfield, and has become increasingly focused on women’s mental health across the life cycle. To that end, she recently fulfilled a long-held dream of becoming a psychiatric NP and she’s thrilled to be able to integrate primary care with mental health in her practice. Finding AFP has felt like another dream come true. As a holistic medical home, she feels that AFP really seems to “walk its talk”, and treats mind and body as a unified whole. Anne’s many professional interests include mindfulness-based therapies, narrative therapy, mental health implications of the gut microbiome, perinatal and perimenopausal mental health, and the relationship between adverse childhood experiences and subsequent mental and physical illness. In her spare time, Anne can be found hiking and skiing with her husband and two teenage daughters, gardening, fermenting, and making mosaics.
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
Chaia Wolf, LICSW
Chaia is trained in Psychodynamic, and 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 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.
In her spare time, you can find her enjoying the trails, either on foot or cross-country skiing with my amazing family and new 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. Her website can be found at http://www.chaiawolf.com, and she can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone at (413) 253 – 4094.
John Reino, LMHC
John’s been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor since 1998 after studying psychology at Boston University (BA), Westfield State (MA), and Springfield College (CAGS). 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 15 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 also a 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; John now trains and competes in triathlon and meets with a group weekly to practice Tai Chi.
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!
Anne Belt Ye, MSPT
Anne Belt Ye is an Orthopedic physical therapist who received her Masters of Science degree from Columbia University. Anne’s 12 years as a PT began in pediatrics in the NYC public schools, she then switched into outpatients orthopedics and has worked in private practices or hospital settings. Anne pursues further education through Continuing Education classes, and has an extensive background in dance, figure skating, Pilates, Yoga, tennis and Ultimate Frisbee. Her passion in PT is to help individuals achieve a healthy spine and better awareness of their body mechanics through functional stability and strength.
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 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. Peter works with individuals of all ages, couples, families and facilitates a group for people in recovery Thursdays 6:30 to 7:30 at the Atkinson Family Practice. Peter has worked extensively with people experiencing challenges with anxiety, mood, thinking and substance use. He has a contagious love of learning with humility and innovation. You can reach Peter by phone at (413) 253-4094, or by e-mail at email@example.com
Loki Atkinson, Therapy Dog
I am a newer dog to the Atkinson family. I became an Atkinson in 2015 and I still have my puppy personality, but I’m VERY gentle and LOVE to be patted. I may even try to lick your face! I am a chocolate Lab Mix and I was a stray adopted through Labs4Rescue like my best friend, Ginger, so no one knows much about my history. If you ever hear me bark don’t be concerned…I only want treats or to go outside! Just like Ginger I have 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 they’ll make sure I stay in the back!
Karis Condry - Case Manager, LPN
Karis started at AFP in 2013 as an LPN, and is very close to finishing her education to become a Registered Nurse. She has served as head of clinical in the past, and currently is the case manager. In her spare time, she likes to jet ski, watch documentaries about Big Foot, spend time with her son Weston, and prepare for Christmas.
Karye Allard - Clinical Supervisor
Karye was born in Lincoln, Nebraska and grew up in central Texas/ on Padre Island off the Texas coast. After taking classes at a few different colleges, she decided to pursue a Radiologic Technology degree from Springfield Technical Community College. Karye was in the Army National Guard for eight years. During that time, she deployed for a year in Baghdad where she met her husband. Karye first came to AFP as a medical scribe after returning to the states from Iraq. Karye left AFP towards the end of 2015 and worked at Baystate Medical Center in the trauma center. While at Baystate, Karye saw numerous life-threatening cases. A large take-away from her time there was not to take anything for granted. She returned to our office in the summer of 2018 as the Education Coordinator – we are so happy to have her back! Outside the office, Karye loves spending time with her daughter, hiking with their two dogs, and spending time on their boat.
Hannah Muszynski, Medical Scribe
Hannah has unique credentials. Originally from Amherst, she pursued a double bachelor’s in Economics and Philosophy at Mount Holyoke. She went on to attend the University of Chicago Law School, but decided to start a family in lieu of a legal career. She has worked as a peer lactation counselor and facilitator for MotherWoman postpartum support groups, and is going back to school for her second Bachelor’s in Nursing. She would like to become a certified OB Nurse, and perhaps a certified nurse midwife. In her spare time, Hannah enjoys knitting, cooking, and babywearing. Sometimes you can see her around the office with her youngest strapped to her! Hannah likes that AFP is so human-centered, and loves helping Miranda provide excellent care for all of our patients.
Liz Gelotte, MA, Medical Scribe
Liz graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. She worked at Northampton Pediatrics before becoming a medical scribe for us here at AFP. If you’ve ever taken a class at AFP or had an appointment with Jessica Jimison (for whom Liz scribes), then you most likely know Liz! She is currently taking classes to become a Functional Medicine Health Coach and will work alongside Jessica upstairs. Her favorite part about working with patients is getting to hear all kinds of stories from all walks of life. In her spare time, Liz likes to go hiking and snowboarding.
Melisa Joseph, Medical Assistant
Melisa is from Newton, MA and recently graduated from UMass Amherst with a dual degree in Biology and Psychology/ Neuroscience. Fun fact; during her time in college, Melisa was a competitive women’s saberist! Before coming to our office, she was a Certified Nursing Assistant in Boston working at a rehab facility. When Melisa began working at AFP, she was hired as a TMS technician/scanner and eventually transitioned into clinical. As an intern, Melisa loves what AFP stands for. She says she is learning so much about medicine and what it’s like being in primary care. She’s made amazing connections with patients as well as the staff. In the future, Melisa has plans to attend medical school and hopefully work for the U.S Navy as a physician. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and super early morning workouts. When she’s not working at AFP, Melisa works in a neuroscience electrophysiology lab at UMass studying the ribbon synapses of bullfrog ears!
Front Desk & 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.
Kaitlin Bean, Front Desk Supervisor
Kaitlin grew up in Florence MA with her 3 brothers, father, and mother. After graduating from Northampton High School, she took a year off from school to decide what she wanted to do. This led her to the Porter and Chester Institute for the Administrative Health Specialist Program. Kaitlin and her husband, Jordan, have one daughter, Madison. Kaitlin is currently attending school to get a BA in Human Resource Management. She always has a smile on her face, and loves to laugh. In her spare time, she enjoys working on vehicles, playing with her dog, and spending time with her loved ones.
Nicole Smigiel, Receptionist
Nicole grew up in Ware, MA and went to Gibbs College in Boston to study Visual Communications. After working retail for a number of years, Nicole decided she needed a change of pace and began school at Porter and Chester in Chicopee in the Allied Health program. She initially heard about AFP from a friend and thought our work environment would be a great fit for her. Nicole has now been with us for a total of four years! Today she works as our Functional Medicine Receptionist upstairs; her favorite part of the job is really getting to know the patients. Nicole lives in Palmer with her husband and hopes to build a family soon. She’s currently focused on helping her husband as they look into purchasing and running an automotive shop. In her spare time, Nicole loves to be outside, hang out with her nieces and nephew, and spend time with amazing friends and family.
Ginger Goldsbury, Driver
Ginger comes to AFP after a 30 year career at UMASS as an Associate Director in the Career Center. She enjoyed working with people, giving work shop presentations, coordinating events and career counseling.
She is not one to sit idle after retirement and continues working with the public now as our driver. Her smiling face and inquisitive nature was a perfect choice to represent us as an extension of our office. Ginger primarily drives for us on Mondays in our 2012 Toyota Hybrid Prius. In her free time she enjoys playing golf and traveling.
Sara Goodhind, Receptionist
Sara grew up in Easthampton and now lives in South Hadley with her son, her daughter, and their two cats. Sara has an associates in science from Springfield Technical Community College, where she also became a certified medical assistant. She then received her bachelor’s degree in Science in Healthcare Management. Sara’s favorite part about working at AFP are the Atkinson dogs that come to the office; Ginger (who has since passed) and Loki. She also really enjoys getting to know the patients. During her free time, Sara loves spending time with her kids, being outside, bird watching, photographing nature, and reading. In the future she would like be a healthcare administrator/manager in an office setting, or a hospital.
Kim Rose, TMS Coordinator and Lead Scanner
Kim Rose started out at AFP as a scanner, and has since taken on the responsibilities of TMS Technician and Coordinator. Kim is an integral part in the TMS process.
Billing & Back Office
Jessica Hawley, Billing 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 8 years of experience in healthcare, billing, and coding. Jessica and her husband, Bryan, have a beautiful daughter, Kaitlyn, and a gorgeous Maremma sheepdog named Luna. She enjoys spending quality time with her family and deer hunting on their property in Russell.
Cheri Couture, Billing Specialist
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!!”