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Group Medical Visits

AFP is proud to offer a range of short-term and ongoing group medical visits.

Current Offerings...
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  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Group
    Learn new ways to approach challenges through evidence-based therapeutic techniques with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. with Katie Dixon-Gordon Ongoing, weekly Thursday afternoons No charge for AFP patients By referral only - ask your provider if this group may be right for you!
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Workshop
    Adverse Childhood Experiences can create toxic stress and impact your emotional and physical health in adulthood. Learn how ACEs might affect your wellbeing, factors that protect against stress, strategies to heal, and resources for support. with Anne Vaillant, Psychiatric NP & Judy Grupenhoff, Health Coach 1-hour commitment, offered monthly Tuesdays, variable times No charge for AFP patients By referral only - ask your provider if this group may be right for you!
  • EDS / POTS Support Group
    People experiencing Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), and associated symptoms share experiences, challenges, and exchange ideas in a supportive environment. with Deb Ellis, MSPT, NCS Ongoing, once a month 3rd Thursday evening of the month No charge for AFP patients ($25 for non-patients) By referral only - ask your provider if this group may be right for you!
  • Osteoporosis Series
    Learn more about osteoporosis treatment options, resources, prevention, and health maintenance. with Dr. Kate Atkinson & Deb Ellis, MSPT, NCS 4 weeks, February 1-29 (not 2/22) Thursday evenings $50 registration fee
  • Polyvagal Coaching Series
    Trauma and chronic stress can cause our nervous systems to orient toward fear and protection, which can affect our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Learn to use polyvagal theory to identify and shift out of defensiveness and emotional reactivity and into a state of greater connection and safety. with Anne Vaillant, Psychiatric NP & Judy Grupenhoff, Health Coach 6 weeks, March 20 - April 24 Wednesday afternoons $50 registration fee
  • Winter Wellness: A Healthy Lifestyle
    Learn new skills to manage stress, practice intuitive eating, and more. This is NOT a weight-loss program, but we believe building healthy, sustainable habits can lead to improvements in how we feel and look. with Katelyn Dutkiewicz, PA-C & Judy Grupenhoff, Health Coach + guests 4 weeks, February 6 - March 5 (not 2/27) Tuesdays afternoons $50 registration fee
  • How long is TMS treatment?
    A typical initial course of treatment is about 19-37 minutes per session over the course of six weeks. Your doctor will determine what is right for you.
  • How does NeuroStar TMS work?
    NeuroStar uses focused magnetic pulses (similar in strength to an MRI), to revitalize underactive areas of the brain involved in regulating mood. When these regions are underactive, depression can result. "Waking up" these regions can have a lasting effect on depression.
  • Are there any restrictions on TMS?
    TMS is not right for you if you have a non-removable conductive metal in/near the head. There is a rare risk of seizure associated with the use of TMS in patients who have a high potential for seizure based on genetic history.
  • Is TMS painful?
    The most common side effect with TMS is mild to moderate pain or discomfort at the treatment site. For most patients, this subsides within the first week of treatment,
  • Am I eligible for TMS therapy?
    Let’s consider the following questions… Have you been diagnosed with major depression? Have you tried more than two(possibly more than 4) different antidepressant treatments? Have you had side effects on the highest doses or a non response? Have you had psychotherapy recently? Do depression symptoms interfere with your day-to-day life? Are you dissatisfied with results from your antidepressants? Have you worried about side effects from your depression medication? Are you interested in a proven, non-drug therapy for your depression? ​ If you answered yes to several of these questions, please fill out the eligibility form and email it to our TMS technician at SpravatoTMS@doctorkate.net. This is your first step before setting up a consultation.
  • Does TMS work?
    For people who have not found relief with antidepressants, TMS is a safe and proven depression treatment without the systemic side effects of medication. 83% of patients completing NeuroStar TMS treatment experienced measurable depression relief, and 62% experienced full remission of their depression symptoms.
  • Is TMS covered by my insurance?
    TMS is covered by most major insurance.
  • What if I have an emergency?
    We are not an emergency medicine provider. Patients still need to activate the emergency medical system in their area, if needed. However, their concierge provider will be readily available to support them after the emergency and for follow-up.
  • Do I still need medical insurance if I enroll in your concierge services?
    Yes. Our concierge care practice will not take the place of general health insurance coverage. (Unfortunately, we cannot accept MassHealth patients by state law.)
  • Will I still be a patient at AFP even if I am not interested in concierge medicine?
    Yes, existing AFP patients will not be affected by the concierge program. However, AFP patients who would prefer the concierge model of care are being offered a discount. Please note that at this time, the only provider offering concierge will be Dr. Taylor and not the other existing AFP providers.
  • What services/benefits are provided with the concierge package?
    Concierge medicine patients can expect to receive more direct access to their CP, as well as a more comprehensive annual physical that will include health risk assessments and laboratory and diagnostics testing. Additionally, the CP is more involved than a traditional outpatient provider in the event of patient hospitalization or acute illnesses and has more availability for family support and team meetings in the process. In addition to the annual assessment, longer routine visits, and prompt scheduling, our concierge medicine patients can receive any of the following at no additional cost: · Stress and Wellbeing Assessment by a Certified Health Coach/Stress Specialist · Annual visit with Certified Health Coach to set health goals · There’s also a menu for patients to choose from of additional customized services, such as physical therapy assessments, sports medicine assessments, parenting classes, massage, stress reduction treatments, etc.
  • What is concierge medicine?
    Concierge medicine is a relationship between a patient and a CP (concierge provider) in which the patient pays an annual fee in exchange for more accessibility and longer appointments with their primary care provider, as well as additional custom services.
  • What are membership costs?
    Concierge pricing for individuals begins at $3,500 a year, existing AFP patients are offered a discounted annual rate of $3,000. For info regarding family plans, fill out an interest form below.
  • Will I need to pay the annual fee even if I do not use all of the services offered to me?
    Yes, paying the annual fee allows you to be a part of ACM whether you are actively ill or not.
  • What else makes concierge special?
    We will have a dedicated phone line to facilitate access for Dr. Taylor’s panel of concierge patients. Concierge patients will also receive the excellent care that AFP provides with the support around accessing their prescriptions and specialist referrals. The concierge program will feature experienced, high quality medical providers like Dr. Taylor.
  • How do the concierge services differ from your traditional practice?
    The smaller concierge practice size allows the concierge provider to devote more custom attention to each patient’s care and individual needs.
  • Which office will your CP be in?
    Our CP will be in the Northampton office.
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Group
    Learn new ways to approach challenges through evidence-based therapeutic techniques with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. with Katie Dixon-Gordon Ongoing, weekly Thursday afternoons No charge for AFP patients By referral only - ask your provider if this group may be right for you!
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Workshop
    Adverse Childhood Experiences can create toxic stress and impact your emotional and physical health in adulthood. Learn how ACEs might affect your wellbeing, factors that protect against stress, strategies to heal, and resources for support. with Anne Vaillant, Psychiatric NP & Judy Grupenhoff, Health Coach 1-hour commitment, offered monthly Tuesdays, variable times No charge for AFP patients By referral only - ask your provider if this group may be right for you!
  • EDS / POTS Support Group
    People experiencing Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), and associated symptoms share experiences, challenges, and exchange ideas in a supportive environment. with Deb Ellis, MSPT, NCS Ongoing, once a month 3rd Thursday evening of the month No charge for AFP patients ($25 for non-patients) By referral only - ask your provider if this group may be right for you!
  • Osteoporosis Series
    Learn more about osteoporosis treatment options, resources, prevention, and health maintenance. with Dr. Kate Atkinson & Deb Ellis, MSPT, NCS 4 weeks, February 1-29 (not 2/22) Thursday evenings $50 registration fee
  • Polyvagal Coaching Series
    Trauma and chronic stress can cause our nervous systems to orient toward fear and protection, which can affect our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Learn to use polyvagal theory to identify and shift out of defensiveness and emotional reactivity and into a state of greater connection and safety. with Anne Vaillant, Psychiatric NP & Judy Grupenhoff, Health Coach 6 weeks, March 20 - April 24 Wednesday afternoons $50 registration fee
  • Winter Wellness: A Healthy Lifestyle
    Learn new skills to manage stress, practice intuitive eating, and more. This is NOT a weight-loss program, but we believe building healthy, sustainable habits can lead to improvements in how we feel and look. with Katelyn Dutkiewicz, PA-C & Judy Grupenhoff, Health Coach + guests 4 weeks, February 6 - March 5 (not 2/27) Tuesdays afternoons $50 registration fee
  • How long is TMS treatment?
    A typical initial course of treatment is about 19-37 minutes per session over the course of six weeks. Your doctor will determine what is right for you.
  • How does NeuroStar TMS work?
    NeuroStar uses focused magnetic pulses (similar in strength to an MRI), to revitalize underactive areas of the brain involved in regulating mood. When these regions are underactive, depression can result. "Waking up" these regions can have a lasting effect on depression.
  • Are there any restrictions on TMS?
    TMS is not right for you if you have a non-removable conductive metal in/near the head. There is a rare risk of seizure associated with the use of TMS in patients who have a high potential for seizure based on genetic history.
  • Is TMS painful?
    The most common side effect with TMS is mild to moderate pain or discomfort at the treatment site. For most patients, this subsides within the first week of treatment,
  • Am I eligible for TMS therapy?
    Let’s consider the following questions… Have you been diagnosed with major depression? Have you tried more than two(possibly more than 4) different antidepressant treatments? Have you had side effects on the highest doses or a non response? Have you had psychotherapy recently? Do depression symptoms interfere with your day-to-day life? Are you dissatisfied with results from your antidepressants? Have you worried about side effects from your depression medication? Are you interested in a proven, non-drug therapy for your depression? ​ If you answered yes to several of these questions, please fill out the eligibility form and email it to our TMS technician at SpravatoTMS@doctorkate.net. This is your first step before setting up a consultation.
  • Does TMS work?
    For people who have not found relief with antidepressants, TMS is a safe and proven depression treatment without the systemic side effects of medication. 83% of patients completing NeuroStar TMS treatment experienced measurable depression relief, and 62% experienced full remission of their depression symptoms.
  • Is TMS covered by my insurance?
    TMS is covered by most major insurance.
  • What if I have an emergency?
    We are not an emergency medicine provider. Patients still need to activate the emergency medical system in their area, if needed. However, their concierge provider will be readily available to support them after the emergency and for follow-up.
  • Do I still need medical insurance if I enroll in your concierge services?
    Yes. Our concierge care practice will not take the place of general health insurance coverage. (Unfortunately, we cannot accept MassHealth patients by state law.)
  • Will I still be a patient at AFP even if I am not interested in concierge medicine?
    Yes, existing AFP patients will not be affected by the concierge program. However, AFP patients who would prefer the concierge model of care are being offered a discount. Please note that at this time, the only provider offering concierge will be Dr. Taylor and not the other existing AFP providers.
  • What services/benefits are provided with the concierge package?
    Concierge medicine patients can expect to receive more direct access to their CP, as well as a more comprehensive annual physical that will include health risk assessments and laboratory and diagnostics testing. Additionally, the CP is more involved than a traditional outpatient provider in the event of patient hospitalization or acute illnesses and has more availability for family support and team meetings in the process. In addition to the annual assessment, longer routine visits, and prompt scheduling, our concierge medicine patients can receive any of the following at no additional cost: · Stress and Wellbeing Assessment by a Certified Health Coach/Stress Specialist · Annual visit with Certified Health Coach to set health goals · There’s also a menu for patients to choose from of additional customized services, such as physical therapy assessments, sports medicine assessments, parenting classes, massage, stress reduction treatments, etc.
  • What is concierge medicine?
    Concierge medicine is a relationship between a patient and a CP (concierge provider) in which the patient pays an annual fee in exchange for more accessibility and longer appointments with their primary care provider, as well as additional custom services.
  • What are membership costs?
    Concierge pricing for individuals begins at $3,500 a year, existing AFP patients are offered a discounted annual rate of $3,000. For info regarding family plans, fill out an interest form below.
  • Will I need to pay the annual fee even if I do not use all of the services offered to me?
    Yes, paying the annual fee allows you to be a part of ACM whether you are actively ill or not.
  • What else makes concierge special?
    We will have a dedicated phone line to facilitate access for Dr. Taylor’s panel of concierge patients. Concierge patients will also receive the excellent care that AFP provides with the support around accessing their prescriptions and specialist referrals. The concierge program will feature experienced, high quality medical providers like Dr. Taylor.
  • How do the concierge services differ from your traditional practice?
    The smaller concierge practice size allows the concierge provider to devote more custom attention to each patient’s care and individual needs.
  • Which office will your CP be in?
    Our CP will be in the Northampton office.

 

And more...

To learn more or register for any of our offerings, email us, ask the front desk, or talk to your provider.

Updated: 1/24/24

Osteoporosis Series

"The information was clearly presented, Dr. Kate's was outstanding, and very helpful in that it continues to energize me to exercise which is a challenge."

Group Medical Visit Testimonials

DBT Skills Group

"The group feels inclusive, supportive, and safe. Expectations are clearly laid out and acceptance of the realities of life are imbedded in this group. This group is centered around problem solving in a way that is real and accessible."

Solos Support Group

"The support and connections that we’ve all formed with no judgement. It’s a place where you are truly heard and understood regardless of how you are feeling or managing. So very helpful for us older people with mental health stresses in our older years."

Additional important information about group medical visits:

  • While we don't charge for many of our group offerings for AFP patients, insurance deductibles may apply.

  • AFP's cancellation policy also applies to group medical visits. If you cannot attend your group medical visit, please notify us in order to avoid a cancellation fee.

  • For insurance purposes, we cannot schedule an individual appointment with a provider on the same day you are scheduled for a group medical visit (unless it is a behavioral health visit).

  • Ongoing support groups are offered at no charge to AFP patients.

  • Some group medical offerings are made available to the public. If interested, please inquire about non-AFP patient pricing.

  • Currently, all group medical visits are hosted virtually online.

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