Dr. Michelle Helms, MD

Dr. Michelle Helms, MD

General Surgery  ·  
Dr. Michelle Helms, MD is a general surgery specialist in Northampton, MA and has been practicing for 9 years. She graduated from Umdnj-New Jersey Med Sch in 2009 and specializes in general surgery, colon & rectal surgery, and more.Read her story

22 Atwood Dr Ste 203

Northampton, MA 01060

Contact Information

(413) 584-4637

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
  • MultiPlan
  • Tufts Health Plan

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Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
more than 77% of peers
Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
more than 75% of peers
Abdominal Disorders
more than 67% of peers

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Dr. Helms' bio

This content was provided by Dr. Helms "Dr. Michelle Helms is a general surgeon practicing at Cooley Dickinson Surgical Care in Northampton, MA. She was born and raised in suburban New Jersey, where her parents still reside. Ever since childhood, she has been very close with her older sister who is now a third grade teacher. The two spent endless hours riding their bikes, swimming, and doing crafts. Michelle began talking about becoming a doctor in kindergarten and never took her eyes off her goal. She graduated from college after three years to follow her wanderlust abroad for a year before medical school. After general surgery training, she practiced in a rural community in southern Virginia prior to relocating to Western Mass. She cherishes her 2 dogs, a French Bulldog and a Great Dane."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Helms "When Dr. Michelle Helms was in training, a mentor said to her, "It's not enough to just like your patients, you must love them." These words have become the basis for how Michelle approaches her patients. She provides exceptional, compassionate care. She listens carefully and effectively communicates even complicated diagnoses. Together, she and her patient create a personalized plan for treatment. She collaborates well with her colleagues, ensuring other providers are kept in the loop. With steady hands and a meticulous focus on quality and safety, Michelle performs beautiful surgeries. She remains devoted to her mentor's words: she truly loves her patients."

3  Specialties

  • General Surgery
  • Breast Surgery
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Physician Specialties*

21  Conditions Treated

22  Procedures

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Appendectomy, Open
  • Colectomy
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, and Sigmoidoscopy
  • Cyst Incision and Drainage
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Enterostomy (Laparoscopic or Open)
  • Excision of Rectal Tumor
  • Gastroenterology Procedures
  • Hemorrhoidectomy or Excision of Anal Tags
  • Hernia Repair
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Incisional Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Intestinal Transplant (incl. Enterectomy)
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Laparotomy
  • Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Paracentesis
  • Removal or Destruction of Rectal or Intestinal Tumor (incl. Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy and Control of Hemorrhage)

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Massachusetts.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Lehigh Vly
    Undergraduate School | Graduated
  • Umdnj-New Jersey Med Sch
    Medical School | Graduated 2009
  • Robert Wood Johnso Med Sch
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • Morristown Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Helms has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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What People Say About Dr. Michelle Helms, MD
Love her Dr. Helms is awesome! And she know her stuff.
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Kari-Lynn in Ma – Jun 04, 2018
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My doctor recommended her, but then I heard from friends that everyone goes to her because she is so good and caring. Now I see why, she is a wonderful human being.
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Kim in Southampton, MA – May 19, 2018
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Michelle did my breast surgery. She was so attentive. Her office staff is wonderful. I am so thankful for her.
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Katherine in Westfield, MA – May 19, 2018
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I had a quick procedure, cyst removal, and it went flawlessly. Dr. Helms is attentive, warm, friendly, and professional. I would go back to her in a second as well as recommend family/friends.
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Feb 22, 2018
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I will be having surgery so I met with dr helps she took the time to explain everything about the surgery and answer all my questions very easy to talk too she will put your mind at ease
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chicopee – Dec 01, 2017
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