Dr. Richard G. Fried, founder and medical director, was born and raised in New York City and rural NY 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. He was the Medical Director of Camphill Special School for over 35 years.
Amy Capoocia, D.O., FACOFP, Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians) graduated from University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2003 and completed her residency in Family Medicine at St Joseph's Medical Center in Reading, PA. She graduated as Co-Chief Resident in 2006. With the help of her supportive spouse, she is able to juggle a medical career and raise a family. Her first 10 years of practice in full scope Family Medicine including hospital rounding and outpatient medical care, Intensive care unit coverage, and nursing home care. She practiced in Spring Hill Florida for a total of 16 years, the last 6 years practicing geriatrics full time in an outpatient setting while teaching medical and nursing students. Dr Capoocia grew up locally, is mother to 5 growing children and has been married to Gary over 22 years.
While medicine is her passion, community health is her joy. She has been a volunteer physician at Crescent Community Free Clinic since 2009 and worked closely with the Dawn Center Domestic Violence center. She has pursued a Health Policy Fellowship (HPF) with American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) and is continuing studies with the HPF post graduate course. She also teaches a yearly procedural medicine course with the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.
She believes that good nutrition and physical fitness are key to both physical and mental health, and she achieved her black belt in Shotokan Karate in 2021. Dr. Capoocia is no stranger to Holistic Medicine. Osteopathic training has always emphasized Primary Care and a more holistic approach to medical practice. Dr. Capoocia also practices Osteopathic Manipulation Therapy. She is eager to become more familiar with the Anthroposophic Medicine approach, and enthusiastically endorses the principles of Sustainable Medicine as described in the Kimberton Clinic Website.