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Our Providers

North Raleigh Pediatrics consists of caring, experienced pediatricians and specialists who go out of their way to care for their pediatric patients and their families. Browse this page to view individual bios for each of our team members.

R Frerichs MD, FAAP

R Frerichs MD, FAAP

Dr. R received his medical degree at Vanderbilt Medical School in 1986 and completed pediatric residency at UNC, Chapel Hill. Dr. R joined North Raleigh Pediatrics full-time in July 1989. He was certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in 1991, with latest re-certification in 2012.

Dr. R and his partner purchased the property at 7205 Stonehenge Drive in 1993, where the practice is now located. He has served as a preceptor for UNC medical students since 1997.

He is currently Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at UNC School of Medicine. In 2006-07, he served a two-year term as Chairman of Pediatrics at WakeMed.

Susan Kirwan

Susan Kirwan, EdD, MSN, CPNP-PC

Susan received her Clinical Nurse Specialist degree at Yale University School of Nursing in 1987 with training at Yale New Haven Hospital and West Haven VA Medical Center.  After working at the National Institutes of Health and University of Texas – Southwestern, she completed her Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Primary Care at Catholic University of America in 2006 with training at Children’s National Medical Center and Holy Cross Hospital including Burn Unit, PICU, NICU, and the Mother-Baby Unit (Antepartum, Labor & Delivery, Postpartum, and Nursery).  She is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.  Her doctoral and post-doctoral research and ongoing passion at Liberty University focuses on the Father-Baby/Mother-Baby dyad and the Father-Mother-Child/Adolescent attachment.  Susan enthusiastically joins North Raleigh Pediatrics on their Mission to provide the state-of-the-art, evidence-based pediatric care.

Melissa Croom

Melissa - Lactation Consultant

Melissa has always had a passion for breastfeeding and lactation education.  She has several years of breastfeeding and lactation experience.  Melissa became a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) through the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice (ALPP).  As a CLC she advocates for maternal and infant health, while ensuring that all families are aware of best breastfeeding practices through evidence-based information and research.  It is her joy to provide professional and personalized breastfeeding support, during both the prenatal and postpartum period for both new and expecting families no matter if it’s their first or fifth.
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