Raphael Knauf, M.D. was born and raised in Germany. He first came to the Kimberton area after finishing high-school 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 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. He is board-certified in Family Medicine and certified in Anthroposophic Medicine.
Raphael Knauf is dedicated to providing integrative anthroposophic Family Medicine through meeting his patients as the individuals they are and accompanying them on their individual paths towards well-being and healing. He lives with his wife and two young children at Camphill Special School, where he also serves as school physician. Raphael's special interests include pediatrics, child development, preventive care and anthroposophically extended heart auscultation, an innovative method of listening to the heart. He serves on the board of the Physicians' Association for Anthroposophic Medicine. Outside of medicine, he loves to spend time with his family and play music.
Melissa Greer, D.O.
Melissa Greer, D.O. was born and raised in Indiana. She lived and practiced in the Midwest before coming to Chester County, PA to practice family medicine in 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 three year undergraduate research and teaching fellowship in osteopathic manual medicine with research focus on cranial osteopathy. Her family medicine residency was completed at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, IL with dual AAFP and AOBFP family medicine board certifications and elective 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 the methodology 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 is dedicated to the Carah Medical Arts initiative and knows from personal and clinical experience how much the anthroposophic way of looking can benefit one's own health and community. In her free time she enjoys Persian poetry, biodynamic gardening, hiking and cross country skiing.