Services Offered at Atkinson Family Practice

Sleep Consultations and Counseling

with Dr. Wendy Chabot

Sleep is one of the pillars of good health. For various reasons, many of us are not receiving the innumerable mental and physical benefits of sleep. While sleep medications may provide short-term relief from sleep difficulties, their long-term safety and efficacy are unknown.

Individual behavioral sleep consultations are available for people of all ages to explore non-medicinal approaches to improving sleep. Before you can schedule your appointment, there is a packet of questions Dr. Chabot requests you fill out so that she may be the most prepared for your intake appointment. Please call the Front Desk at (413) 549-8400 to request one.

The Balance Clinic

with Deb Ellis, MSPT, NSC

Are you concerned about your balance? Have you had any falls in the last six months? Do you wonder if you should be working on your balance more actively to prevent problems? If so…


Come to the Monthly Balance Clinic for a FREE Balance Assessment!

Give the Front Desk a call at (413) 549-8400 to schedule your assessment, or to find out more.

TMS Therapy

with Dr. Nora Schwartz-Martin

Atkinson Family Practice is the proud home of an exciting new alternative treatment for individuals with depression called TMS! TMS stands for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, and is the first and only FDA-approved treatment for depression that does not require surgery or medication, and is safe and effective. When medication management becomes too much, side effects overwhelming, or non-traditional approaches exhausted, individuals coping with depression may have an answer at last.

According to John Hopkins, TMS is a, “non-invasive method of brain stimulation that relies on electromagnetic induction using an insulated coil over the scalp, focused on an area of the brain thought to play a role in mood regulation.” It is comparable to MRI machines in terms of the strength and pulse of the waves it generates. The rapid succession of the pulses produces lasting, healthful results in brain activity. In some cases, TMS has shown long-lasting, favorable results, and could be a long sought-after solution.

The Co-Op

with Peter Wood, LICSW

Instead of regular suboxone follow-up meetings with providers, approved patients can attend The Co-Op twice a month. These are one hour group visits with Peter Wood LICSW and Charles Milch PA-C. Patients are expected to attend a minimum of 2 a month. The Co-Op is optional, but the added benefits are these meetings are predictable, prompt, don’t have a co-pay, and count for the 12 Step visits.

Date: Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.

Location: Atkinson Family Practice, Second Floor, Conference Room

Cost: Covered by Insurance

Sign Up: Call the Front Desk at (413) 549-8400

Introduction to Exercise

with Anne Ye, MSPT and Jessica Jimison, FNP-C

Are you motivated to restart an exercise program? Are you having trouble making exercise goals and knowing what is the best approach for you?

Join Anne Ye, PT and Jessica Jimison, FNP-C for a practical and supportive approach to restarting regular exercise.

You will learn why you do each exercise, how to get the most out of what you’re doing, how/when to make each exercise harder/easier, how to adapt each exercise to accommodate existing issues, and how to push yourself using clear, reasonable parameters. Next, you’ll work with providers to come up with ideas for an exercise progression to continue trying new things after the program is over. Participants must commit to six classes; classes are covered by most insurances with a co-pay for each class. Call the Front Desk to sign up for an upcoming session.

Healthy Back Series

with Anne Ye, MSPT and Jessica Jimison, FNP-C

Watch Your Back! Healthy Back Class helps establish each patient’s unique current baseline status regarding their back and function. The program, created by Anne and assisted by Jessica, is designed to:

Reduce lower back pain

Gain postural support muscle strength

Pave a path to independence from back pain

Improve posture

Prevent future injury

Improve body mechanics & function

Each Participant Will:

  1. Work as a class and learn as an individual
  2. Be expected to perform home exercises for 15minutes a day, 6 days a week, aerobics 3x/week
  3. Become empowered to progress through the program safely and effectively
  4. Have fun!

Nutrition Counseling

with Fatemeh Giahi Ph D, RDN LDN

Dr. Giahi provides nutritional consulting, weight management for children, adolescents, and adults, medical nutrition therapy for obesity, diabetes, heart disease, digestive disorders, and food sensitivity.
She also is the instructor of the class, Mindful Eating, which she teaches with Greg Petrosky. Call our front desk to find out about upcoming sessions!

Hypnosis Treatment

with Chaia Wolf, LICSW

Benefits of Hypnosis

  • Dramatically reduce stress through self-hypnosis and meditation techniques
  • Helps with depression and anxiety – improving your emotional health
  • More restful sleep
  • Increased focus, concentration, and learning ability
  • Simple to learn and use
  • Very quick to reach relaxed state and achieve benefits
  • Can be used to easily release other unwanted habits or behavioral patterns (such as poor eating habits or fears)
  • Can be used to easily integrate changes in behavioral attitudes, such as increased confidence, feelings, of self-worth, and focus

Benefits of Mindfulness

  • Reduce rumination/obsessive thinking
  • Stress reduction
  • Improve working memory
  • Increase focus
  • More cognitive flexibility

Pre- and Postpartum Depression Therapy

with Chaia Wolf, LICSW

Anyone is susceptible to pre- and post-partum depression, even if you’ve never experienced depression before. We are here to help you and your baby.

At Atkinson Family Practice, we believe it is important to support women throughout pregnancy and postpartum experiences. Having a baby is a major life transition, and we want to offer you an opportunity to discuss how you are doing emotionally, screen for postpartum depression and to help with issues related to parenting, relationships, intimacy, body image and changes in work, finances and identity.

In that light, we recommend that any Atkinson Family Practice patient who is expecting a baby meet with Chaia Wolf for a pregnancy and postpartum visit (often around 4-5 weeks postpartum). A major part of Chaia’s Women’s Holistic Health Program is supporting women who are pre- or post-partum. She’s trained in Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, Mindfulness, Clinical Hypnosis, and various meditation techniques. Other aspects of this group include breast/gynecologic/cancer support, relationship and parenting support, and stress management. Chaia also sees patients one-on-one for therapy, and we encourage all expectant parents to set up an appointment with her.

Please call: Chaia Wolf, MSW, LICSW 253-4094 to schedule an appointment!

Yes! Please feel free to bring your baby along!

Women’s Holistic Health

with Chaia Wolf, LICSW

The Women’s Holistic Health program at AFP helps women who pre- or postpartum, grieving pregnancy, or grieving from others losses. She also helps women going through cancer and other health concerns.

  • Prenatal and new mothers’ support
  • Breast, gynecologic, and cancer support
  • Relationship and parenting support
  • Stress management

Stress Management Program

with Chaia Wolf, LICSW

How do we know we are stressed? Well, our body gives all sorts of indicators…

  • BODY
    • Headaches, frequent infections, taut muscles, fatigue, skin irritations, breathlessness
    • Loss of confidence, more fussy, irritability, depression, apathy, alienation
  • MIND
    • Worrying, muddled thinking, impaired judgment, nightmares, indecisiveness, negativity, hasty decisions
    • Accident prone, loss of appetite, loss of sex drive, drinking more, insomnia, restlessness, increased smoking

There are many physiological reactions to stress. Prolonged stress can lead to many diseases, such as…

  • Hypertension
  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disorders
  • Depression
  • Alcoholism
  • Gastro-Intestinal disorders
  • Sexual Dysfunctions
  • Auto-immune disorders
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Trigger migraines
  • Maternal stress can be harmful for both mother and expected child during pregnancy

The set of physical changes your body makes in response to a threat is called a negative stress response. In these types of stressful situations, the body releases chemicals that trigger…

  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure
  • Rapid breathing
  • A sudden rush of strength
  • Slowed digestion
  • Dilated pupils

Many lifestyle events can cause stress to occur including, but not limited to, the following…

  • Major life events, college, daily life hassles, illness, impact of multiple roles expected of women, employment, financial stress
  • Impact of economic status, complex family structure, ethnic minority, quality of family relationships, intensity of the labor market

The Recovery Group

with Peter Wood, LICSW

The Recovery Group
for people seeking sobriety

Peter Wood, LICSW, hosts a group right here at AFP every week that helps people seeking sobriety prevent relapse by:

  1. Managing Stress
  2. Developing Resources
  3. Tolerating Emotions

This group is for people who are aiming to be abstinent from all substances.

WHEN: Wednesdays from 5:00-5:45 pm

WHERE: 17 Research Drive, Amherst MA 01002, 2nd Floor, Peter’s Office

PRICE: $20, or some insurances accepted

CALL: (413) 658-8702 or e-mail Peter at

Trauma Management

with Nancy Simons, EMDR LICSW

Trauma occurs when a person is overwhelmed by events or circumstances and responds with intense fear, horror, and/or helplessness. Extreme stress overwhelms the person’s ability to cope. There is a direct correlation between trauma and physical health conditions such as diabetes, COPD, heart disease, cancer and high blood pressure.

Trauma can stem from:

  • Childhood abuse or neglect
  • War and other forms of violence
  • Medical interventions
  • Grief and loss
  • Physical, emotional, or sexual abuse
  • Accidents and natural disasters
  • Witnessing acts of violence
  • Cultural, intergenerational, and historical trauma

There are so many treatment plans available for trauma. Any one or a combination of several could be the right answer for you. The best way to find out is to talk to your therapist or primary care provider, or ask your primary care provider to refer you to a therapist. It’s okay to ask for help!

Traditional Trauma Treatments:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Talk Therapy
  • Exposure Therapy
  • Group Therapy

Alternative Trauma Treatments:

  • Energy processing
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming
  • Massage therapy
  • Pet or Equine therapy
  • Trauma and Recovery Peer Support Groups
  • Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP)

It’s helpful to have a game plan when you decide to talk to your doctor about trauma. Make sure your doctor is aware that you have experienced, or are experiencing, trauma. It’s helpful if they understand what makes you comfortable during office visits.

Botox for Chronic Migraines

with Jessica Jimison, FNP-C

Since it’s approval in 2010, Botox has been used to treat over 500,000 Chronic Migraine patients. It is the first FDA-approved preventive treatment for Chronic Migraines, a disabling condition that can take over much of a person’s life leaving them absent from daily activities and responsibilities. Botox can help preventing on average eight to nine headache/migraine days per month! To be eligible for treatment, a patient must experience 15 or more headache days a month and eight of those 15 must be associated with migraine. These symptoms set Chronic Migraine apart from other migraine conditions. Botox for Migraines recommend the use of preventive treatments, this way, a schedule is used to prevent the headache or migraine before it starts. Treatments are short, lasting about 15 minutes and can be done right here in our offices. Treatment schedules may vary, but patients usually begin with two treatments, 12 weeks apart. To learn more about benefits, side effects, and eligibility, please give us a call!