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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AFP’s position regarding Medical Marijuana

After considered discussion with all of our medical providers we have made the decision NOT to become certified medical marijuana prescribers at this time.  Many reasons came into this decision. There is still limited evidence-based medicine to support marijuana’s use for most medical conditions. We don’t feel comfortable deciding the cutoff on who would qualify based on the nebulous wording in the statue and the lack of medical protocols for its use.  Most of the major medical associations (AMA, ACP etc) do not take a position for or against medicinal marijuana but all ask for further study before substantiating prescribing the substance.  We fear that once we started it could become an avalanche of such requests and added administrative burden in the process.  Certification for individual physicians in Massachusetts currently is very cumbersome and only available to MDs and DOs.   Finally,  it was noted that it is highly likely that marijuana will be leaga`lized in Massachusetts in the coming year removing the necessity for us to pursue this avenue.  We will revisit this decision annually as needed.

To our knowledge there are and will be physicians providing this certification and we are not opposed to our patients seeking such care.  We will continue to be the Medical Home for their other health concerns should they so desire it.

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We are open 2/9/2015

Yes the office is open with normal business hours. Need an appointment or a script refill give us a call.

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Yes we are open!

Staff is here, come on in. Phones are on at 7:30 doors open at 8. We are considering closing around 4:30pm (no PM hours). Check back regulary for updates.

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AFP will be closed today

AFP will be closed today, We do have doctors on call and we will be answering emails. Do allow us time to respond.

Thank You,


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Delayed start on 1/27/2014

Due to the pending weather forecast for tomorrow the office will be closed for the morning to open at 12:30 pm…Please check back regualry for updates as this may change as the morning progresses.


Thank You,


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