2605 Blue Ridge Road, Suite 100 Raleigh, NC 27607(919) 881-9009

Pediatric Providers

Meet our friendly, experienced Carolina Kids pediatricians and staff! Our pediatricians, who have over 60 years of combined experience, are fellows of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and maintain the highest level of pediatric accreditation.  We also provide onsite consultation with a certified lactation consultant when needed.

Leanna Willey, MD, FAAP 

  Leanna Willey, MD, FAAP Dr. Willey completed her pediatric residency at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. She served as chief resident of pediatric ambulatory services there, and joined Carolina Kids in 1998. Dr. Willey has served as an assistant clinical professor of pediatrics for the University of North Carolina Medical School. She is married with a son and two daughters. Besides being active in her church, she enjoys reading, playing volleyball, walking her dog and cooking.


Mari Emmet, MD, FAAP

Mari Emmet, MD, FAAPDr. Emmet completed her pediatric residency training at New York’s Nassau University Medical Center in 2003. While there, she was recognized as the Beth Seaton Outstanding Resident of the Year, an award given to the most exemplary pediatric resident in the program, during every year of her training. Prior to relocating with her family to the Triangle, Dr. Emmet practiced pediatrics for over 13 years in New York, where she also taught medical students from Stony Brook University. Dr. Emmet is married with two children, and enjoys traveling, swimming, running and skiing.

Jeff Tanaka, MD, FAAP

Jeff Tanaka, MD, FAAPDr. Tanaka completed his pediatric residency at Martin Luther King/Charles R. Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he was honored with an award for outstanding patient care. Dr. Tanaka has served as an assistant clinical professor of pediatrics for the University of North Carolina Medical School. He moved to North Carolina in 1990, and spent his first three years in Mooresville before joining Carolina Kids in 1993. Dr. Tanaka is married and has a son currently in college.  He has received a first-degree black belt in Tae Kwan Do and recently received his second-degree black belt in Aikido. Dr. Tanaka also enjoys traveling and cooking.   

Mary Beth Ogle Helton MD, FAAP

Mary Beth Ogle Helton MD, FAAPDr. Helton is a native of Cary, North Carolina. She joins Carolina Kids Pediatrics in 2018 with over 21 years of experience in General Pediatrics. Dr. Helton graduated with honors from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC and completed her M.D. at East Carolina University School of Medicine. She received the William E. Laupus Pediatric Award in 1994. She completed her pediatric residency training at Vidant Medical Center of Greenville, NC in 1997. Dr. Helton has served as an assistant clinical professor of Pediatrics for the University of North Carolina Medical School. Dr. Helton is board certified and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Prior to joining Carolina Kids Pediatrics, Dr. Helton was in practice at Jeffers, Mann and Artman Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, PA. She enjoys working with complex pediatric problems including but not limited to ADHD, new parent concerns and adolescent needs. Dr. Helton is married with two children. Her time out of the office is spent at the beach, painting or attending church activities with her family.

Jerrianne Webb, RN, IBCLC

Jerrianne Webb, RN, IBCLCJerrianne Webb graduated from Presbyterian Hospital School Of Nursing in Charlotte, NC. She worked as a registered nurse in the birth center of Cleveland Regional Medical Center in her hometown of Shelby, NC, for 5 years before moving to the Raleigh area in 1999. Jerrianne became a Certified Childbirth Educator and Breastfeeding Educator in 2000, while working at Maria Parham Hospital in Henderson, NC. She was a pivotal part of establishing the first pre-natal breastfeeding education program at the hospital, in house lactation support, and the In-Home Breastfeeding Support Program for Vance County. Jerrianne joined the Lactation Department of UNC Rex Hospital in 2001, and became an Internationally Certified Lactation Consultant. She joined our office in December 2015, while maintaining her role at UNC Rex Hospital. She enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, and teaching pre-natal breastfeeding classes.

Advanced Care Team : Case Management, Care Coordinators, Triage Nurses

We are pleased to provide you with all the benefits of an advanced care team at Carolina Kids Pediatrics. This team acts as a "hub" for your child's health care, and provides a group-based, patient-centered approach to providing primary care that is accessible, continuous, comprehensive, family-centered, coordinated and compassionate. Our nurse case management team provides care coordination for children with certain chronic medical conditions. Your child's nurse case manager/care coordinator can be helpful to you with followup of chronic concerns, care coordination, arranging specialist visits, helping you connect with important community services, and more. Our telephone triage coordinator provides personalized triage of your health concerns transmitted to our office by either phone call or through our patient portal messaging system. Our current team of nurse case managers/care coordinators includes:

Micaela Frost, RN:  asthma care coordinator

Natasha Henry, RN:  prematurity care coordinator

Carmen Cerda, RN:  attention deficit hyperactivity disorder care coordinator

Tiffany Wheeler, RN: telephone & patient portal triage coordinator

Patient Care Team: Telephone Triage 

We are always available to provide telephone advice about your child. Tiffany Wheeler, RN, is our lead phone triage nurse during office hours. Tiffany also coordinates our patient portal messaging system.

Direct Provider After-Hours Access

We are pleased to provide you with direct access to our on-call physician when the office is closed. In order to reach our on-call physician when the office is closed, just call our main office number at (919) 881-9009. You will be able to access our on-call physician directly after hours. Please use this service for urgent medical concerns that you believe should not wait until routine office hours. You should expect to be able to speak directly with the on-call physician within 30 minutes or less of your call. In general, please use our patient portal or call during office hours for non-urgent concerns, including non-urgent prescription refills or administrative/scheduling questions. Through our patient portal, you may also send a message to your child's physician through direct messaging. Patient portal messaging is designed for non-urgent or chronic health concerns, and you may expect an electronic response from your child's physician within 24 hours. For any true medical emergencies, please call 911. 

Behavioral Health Provider Co-Management

Carolina Kids Pediatrics has a behavioral health co-management agreement in place with Family Psychology & Psychiatry Associates. FPPA is a group of excellent psychiatrists and psychologists wiht experience in pediatric mental health. A co-management agreement is a specific definition of roles and responsibilities that enables us to share medical information with your child's mental health provider more easily, coordinate care, and work together to insure your child's mental health care needs are met. Family Psychology & Psychiatry Associates can be reached at (919) 233-4131. Their website is www.fppa.com, and their office is located at 1400 Crescent Green, Suite 120, Cary, NC 27518.