Donnas Last day here at AFP

DSCN0720Donna who has been taken care of AFP’s medical records, plants, and assisted with the garden is saying good bye to persue other endeavors. We wish her all the luck!

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Its a Girl!!!!!!!!


On 04/16/2015 our receptionist Sabre gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Hayden who came in at 9.0lbs, 20.5inches long. Both mom and baby are resting happy and healthy.

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6 Weeks to Helthier Sleep with Dr. Wendy Chabot


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Students must be current patients of our practice and be enrolled for the coming academic year in ANY college-type full-time program.  Submit one to two short paragraphs explaining what your plans are for the coming year and how a scholarship would be helpful.  Award is based on need and application must be resubmitted annually.  $250 a year.  Open to students from local high schools.


For a senior girl – must be enrolled for the coming academic year in a four-year college with an interest in pursuing a healthcare profession. Submit one or two short paragraphs explaining why you are interested in health care professionally. Not based on need. Chosen by Atkinson Family Practice staff with student name blocked out.  Do not mention if you are a patient of the practice. Renewable if student remains full-time and in good standing in their college.

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Marathon bombing good Samaritan, launches charity with boost from Hadley woman


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Pleased to announce PA Miranda Barrett joining our practice

FullSizeRenderI’m a graduate of the Springfield College Physician Assistant program. I also received my bachelors degree from Springfield College. I have always wanted to work in primary care and enjoy building lasting relationships with my patients.

I am currently planning my wedding for September 2015. My fiancé Andy and I are both from Belchertown and have recently bought our first home there. I enjoy spending time with my family whether it be camping, kayaking, hiking, or listening to/signing with my dad’s band.

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Attention Patients Maggie Ryan is leaving us

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Attention Patients. 

We are very sad to inform you that our Physician’s Assistant Maggie Ryan will be leaving May 15th to transition to a new position within a surgical practice. When we hired Maggie she was strongly considering a career in surgery, but we encouraged her to try family medicine as she was such an exceptional and personable practitioner. While she enjoyed working in our office and especially enjoyed the patients she saw here, she felt that her heart was still with surgery.   We will miss her greatly, but wish her only the best for the future.

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Meet Thomas Schieffer


Thomas Schieffer, Clinical Herbalist and Shiatsu practitioner, has extensive experience in healing with Medicinal Herbs, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and bodywork. He has also studied at the schools of esteemed herbalists Michael Tierra (East West School) and Paul Bergner (North American School for Clinical herbalists). He studied with Lonny Jarrett to learn the ancient art of pulse diagnosis and clinical intake. For Shiatsu, Thomas studies with Master Shunji Morimoto and certified with AOBTA.

Thomas is certified yoga teacher, having completed his Iyengar training with esteemed teacher Eileen Muir at Karuna Yoga.  Thomas is also a certified Qigong teacher after 12 years of rigorous study with Dr. Yang Jing Ming. Other passions include Martial Arts, which he has practiced for over 18 years, and wilderness and survival training. Treating the Pioneer Valley of Western Ma, including Shelburne Falls Ma, Northampton Ma, Amherst Ma, Greenfield Ma and Brattleboro Vt.

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Understanding Vaccines

This resource clearly explains the safety and efficacy of vaccines, includes a short video about their history and why they are imperative to public health.
This link will also be located in our links pages under Health Ed.

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Pie in the face raffle


Raffle! Pie the Big Cheese!

Come to the office and put your raffle ticket in your favorite BIG CHEESE to PIE…..

Who: Dr. Kate, Dr. Baecher, Charles Milch, Erik Muten orTom P the office manager

What: 2015 Boston Marathon Fundraiser For Arredondo Family

When: Pie-ing will occur Friday March 13@ 1:00pm

Where: Atkinson Family Practice building

Why: Rachel Dr. Baechers scribe is running in the Boston Marathon.

want to Know more or to donate you can always come to the office or go to


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