Dr. Richard G. Fried, founder and medical director, was born and raised in New York City and rural New York State. He graduated Magna cum Laude from Binghamton University with a degree in English and World Literature, and became inspired to study medicine after 2 1/2 years at Camphill Special School, working and living with children with autism and developmental disabilities. He graduated Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in 1976, and completed a Family Practice Residency at Reading Hospital and Medical Center in Reading Pennsylvania in 1980, which included a year’s training at the Klinik Oeschelbronn for Anthroposophical Medicine in West Germany. He has been in private practice in the Kimberton area since 1980, and is on the staff at Phoenixville Hospital. When away from the clinic he enjoys organic farming and gardening, backpacking, horseback riding, and playing chamber music. He also regularly teaches international folk dancing, and writes essays on contemporary medicine.
Dr. Melissa Greer was born and raised in Indiana. She lived most of her life in the midwest until coming to Chester County, PA the fall of 2015. She has a BS in biology and French from Butler University in Indianapolis, IN and studied medicine at Midwestern University outside of Chicago, IL. She was one of two students honored in her medical school class with a year long undergraduate research and teaching fellowship in osteopathic manipulation. Her family medicine residency was completed at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, IL with dual AAFP and AOBFP family medicine board certifications and special concentration in anthroposophic medicine.
Dr Greer’s first holistic family medicine practice was in south central Wisconsin. Her work there focused on anthroposophic primary care and the development of a slow food-slow medicine hospital wellness program with emphasis on organic gardening practices. She has been a student of anthroposophy since 1999 with special interest in the holistic understanding of mood disorders, oil dispersion bath therapy, external applications and the role of agricultural practices in human health. She is an active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Physicians Association of Anthroposophic Medicine and current board member of the Association for Anthroposophic Medicine & Therapies in America and the North American Anthroposophic Nurses Association. She enjoys Persian poetry, biodynamic gardening, hiking and cross country skiing.
Raphael J. Knauf, MD, was born and raised in Germany. He first came to the Kimberton area in 2001 when he spent one year at Camphill Special School, a school serving children with developmental disabilities. He then attended medical school at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany; he spent parts of his clinical training at McGill University, Canada, and the Ita Wegman Klinik, a hospital providing Integrative and Anthroposophic Medicine in Switzerland. After finishing medical school in 2010, he worked at the Ita Wegman Klinik as a resident physician for one year and then completed a four-year residency in Family Medicine at Middlesex Hospital, CT. During that time he also completed a two-year long-distance Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the Arizona Center of Integrative Medicine of the University of Arizona. Raphael Knauf is board-certified in Family Medicine and is dedicated to providing Integrative Family Medicine through meeting his patients as the individuals they are and accompanying them on their individual paths towards well-being and healing. He also serves as the school physician at Camphill Special School. His special interests include pediatrics and preventive care. Outside of medicine, he loves to spend time with his family and play music.