Amherst Providers and Staff
AFP AMHERST FAMILY PRACTICE PROVIDERS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is also Board Certified in Lifestyle Medicine from the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. When she is not working, you can find 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.
AFP AMHERST PHYSICAL/MASSAGE THERAPY
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 Ye, MSPT
Anne 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.
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
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.
AFP AMHERST BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PROVIDERS
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 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 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.
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.
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, 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 email@example.com.
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.
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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Smolinski, JD, MS, M.Ed.
Jennifer Smolinski joins AFP as our new Child/Young Adult Therapist with a vast array of experience. She is a trained school adjustment counselor as well as an attorney. While working toward a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Supervisions at American International College in Springfield, MA, she discovered that she prefers directly working with young people and their families. Her work at Atkinson Family Practice will be 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.
AFP AMHERST FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE
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 expanded her medical toolbox by becoming an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Provider in 2018. Jessica lives with her daughter in Amherst, and enjoys road trips and pruning in the landscape.
Elizabeth Gelotte, Health Coach
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 Functional Medicine Health Coach and works 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.
Nicole Smigiel, Functional Medicine 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.
AFP AMHERST SPECIALISTS
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, M.Ed.
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.
AFP AMHERST THERAPY DOGS
I became an Atkinson Therapy Dog 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, 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! 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, Special Projects Coordinator
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.
Alexia Bowens, Registered Medical Assistant
Alexia Bowens (also known to many as Lexi) has been a part of Atkinson Family Practice since July 2019. After graduating from medical assisting school, Lexi is now a qualified healthcare professional with two voluntary national certificates in the medical assisting field. She came to AFP with over 7 years of customer service experience and her energetic personality! While exercising a high degree of care and diligence at Atkinson Family Practice, Alexia also works as a Personal Care Assistant, a job she adores doing! On her free time, Alexia is either spending quality time with her family, or traveling.
Hannah Musynski, Clinical Supervisor
Hannah joined AFP in early 2017, having previously worked as a facilitator for MotherWoman post-partum support groups and as a peer lactation counselor. Cuddling babies and supporting new mothers continue to be the highlights of her work days. Before having her own children, Hannah had been planning a very different career. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Mount Holyoke College with a double major in Economics and Philosophy and attended The University of Chicago Law School. If she can ever bring herself to leave AFP, she will go back to school to become a Certified Nurse Midwife. In her spare time she enjoys knitting and running with Berkshire Ultra Running for Community Service. She finished her 2019 season with a 50 mile trail race. She is still tired.
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
AFP Amherst Front 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.
Lisa Elliott, Front Desk Supervisor
Lisa grew up in Holyoke, Ma. She has two amazing kids of her own and four stepchildren that she absolutely adores. She is currently working on her BA in forensic psychology. Outside of AFP, Lisa tries to find some time for herself by relaxing and going on special trips with the kids to do fun things. She loves going to the beach and just being outside.
Megan Russell, Receptionist
Megan grew up in Sunderland. She attended UMass Amherst where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English. Originally she had plans to be a librarian, however, after she graduated college she landed a job as a medical receptionist. Since then her interest in the medical world has grown. She is currently working on finding her niche in the medical world, while learning all she can as a receptionist. Her favorite part of being a receptionist is getting to know the patients. In her spare time you can find her curled up with a good book, knitting, writing, or spending time with her dog.
Kellie Rainville, Receptionist
Kellie is excited to be joining a practice that provides every patient with comprehensive, functional, and human-centered care and to work in an office that values collaboration so highly. Kellie graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing Communications from Emerson College and hopes to go back to school to get her Master’s in Psychology in the next few years. In the meantime, she enjoys spending her spare time with her family and friends, crocheting, curling up with her cat and a good book, cooking, and watching nature documentaries with her roommates.
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.
Kim Rose, TMS Coordinator/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.
Jacob Slack, TMS Tech/Scanner
A recent graduate from the University of Massachusetts, Jacob is thrilled to be playing his part in providing the Pioneer Valley community with comprehensive and collaborative at such a warm and welcoming practice! In his free time, Jacob enjoys drumming, volunteering around the community, studying the brain, and stopping to give every dog he sees a belly rub. Jacob plans to return to school to eventually earn his PhD in clinical neuroscience.
AFP Amherst 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 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 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!!”
Cathy Wolf, Referrals Coordinator
Cathy comes to Atkinson Family Practice after 15 years of classroom teaching and leading camp programs at a local day school. Cathy has loved exploring local conservation land with students and providing opportunities for learning about local wildlife and ecosystems. Cathy loves hiking and mucking about. She also has a passion for writing and drawing, especially colorful mandala drawings with Prismacolor pencil. Cathy’s two children live too far away!- one in Montana and the other in Burlington, VT, on his way to emigrating to Canada, to live with his wife in Montreal. Cathy lives in Pelham with her husband and their two rescue dogs, Samwise and Pippin. She comes to Atkinson Family Practice with the desire to help people have access to the healthcare and services that they need.