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.

Robert Foor, MD, FAAP

Robert Foor, MD, FAAPDr. Foor was in the first graduating class of St. George's University School of Medicine in Grenada, and completed his pediatric residency at the University of Nebraska in Omaha in 1984.  He is the founder of Carolina Kids Pediatrics, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Foor has served as an assistant clinical professor of Pediatrics for the University of North Carolina Medical School.  He has been married for forty years, has 4 children, and 8 grandchildren. Dr. Foor enjoys boating, fishing and spending time with his kids.

Christian Nechyba, MD, FAAP

Christian Nechyba, MD, FAAPDr. Nechyba graduated as valedictorian from the University of Florida College of Medicine, and completed his pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He also served as chief resident in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins and edited the #1 best-selling international handbook on pediatric patient care (the Harriet Lane Handbook). Dr. Nechyba has served as an assistant clinical professor of pediatrics for the University of North Carolina Medical School. He is married with two sons and enjoys reading, cooking and spending time with his family.  He has served on The March Of Dimes Board of Directors, on the Rex Hospital Pediatric Executive Committee, and on the Board of Directors of Endeavor Charter School.

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.   

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.

Stephanie Dagen, CPNP

Stephanie Dagen, CPNPStephanie Dagen received her first undergraduate degree in health education from the University of Florida. She worked for several years in healthcare as a health educator, a medical assistant and then a medical practice manager before pursuing her nursing degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She started her nursing career in the cardiac step-down unit and then transferred to the acute pediatric care unit at Virginia Commonwealth University Hospital in Richmond. She received her Master’s degree in pediatric nursing from VCU in May 2015. Stephanie is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Honors Society for Nurses, the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and the Society of Pediatric Nurses. Stephanie is married and enjoys spending time outdoors, camping, hiking and kayaking. She also enjoys staying active, reading, and traveling. 

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.

Patient Care Team: Case Management/Care Coordinators

We are pleased to offer nurse case management care coordinators 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 current team of nurse case managers/care coordinators includes:

Annette Dorris, RN:  asthma care coordination

Amy Bartlett, RN:  diabetes care coordination

Kathy Hampton, RN:  newborn care & prematurity care coordination

Taylor Arrigoni, RN:  Down's syndrome care coordination

Bonnie Bennett, RN:  attention deficit hyperactivity disorder care coordination

Patient Care Team: Telephone Triage

We are always available to provide telephone advice about your child. Kathy Hampton, RN, is our lead phone triage nurse. For urgent after hours concerns, our on call physician will return your call.