Our Raleigh based pediatricians and pediatric nurse practitioners
Selam Bullock, MD, FAAP
Dr Selam Bullock is Board Certified in Pediatrics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr Bullock believes that it is important in life to never assume you know enough; you should always be open to new knowledge. Her particular interests include using technology to improve healthcare quality, Asthma, ADHD, and Preventative care. She believes that we as pediatricians should always keep our minds open and constantly keep up to date with the latest research. Sometimes our best teachers are our patients and it is always important that we listen to the patient or the guardian, they know themselves the best. She has been practicing in North Carolina since 2002, and in Raleigh since 2006. She started Kids First Pediatrics in 2008, and since then, her practice has rapidly grown. She has 2 little girls, Sarah and Sophie. Dr Bullock speaks Spanish, Tigrinya (her native language), as well as Baby language. She enjoys blowing bubbles with her girls, and puppy Zoey. Dr. Bullock sees patients in our Raleigh and Clayton locations.
Sheryl Leidecker, MD, FAAP
Dr. Sheryl Leidecker completed medical school in Houston, Texas, and her pediatric training in Toledo, Ohio. She is Board Certified in Pediatrics. After nine years in private practice in New Jersey, she has settled in North Carolina and joined Kids First Pediatrics. Dr. Leidecker is married and has two children who keep her busy with both soccer and basketball games. In her free time, she enjoys reading, camping, gardening and horses. Dr. Leidecker sees patients in our Raleigh and Clayton locations.
Cori Lewis, MD
Dr. Cori Lewis completed undergrad at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. She went on to medical school at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and then completed residency at University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, Texas. Her special interests include health inequities and preventative medicine. She loves primary care because she loves to build relationships with her patients and learn from each other, as well as watch them grow into healthy, happy, young adults! Her goal is to provide excellent care for patients based on the most current research and guidelines. She and her husband enjoy exploring Durham and Raleigh with their son and dog, as well as reading (especially the Harry Potter series). She looks forward to meeting you and getting to know your family! Dr. Lewis sees patients in our Raleigh location.
Marquita Lyons-Smith, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC
Marquita Lyons-Smith is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who treasures working with children. Her passion for helping children started as a teenager where she worked as a CNA on the Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at Duke University. Upon completing her undergraduate degree in nursing from NCCU, she transferred to the NICU to continue providing care for children. Despite being a diehard Carolina fan, she earned her Master’s degree from Duke University. Most of Marquita’s spare time is consumed with Doctoral studies emphasizing on pediatric obesity, but she still finds time to cheer on the Tarheels and Panthers. Let’s hope she isn’t disappointed this season!
Marquita and her husband Anthony have two children- a son and a daughter. Her daughter is a miniature Marquita which makes life very interesting, but the pair understands each other perfectly. Her son is the family’s go to IT expert, and although young, is very good at computer repairs; unfortunately, he charges by the hour! Marquita and her husband love to laugh, and their children sure do fill their lives with laughter. Marquita has been part of the Kids First team since 2012, and looks forward to serving you and your precious children. Marquita sees patients in our Raleigh location.
Lauren Heilman, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC
Lauren is a pediatric nurse practitioner, who loves working with families and their children from infancy through adolescence. She developed her passion for pediatrics working as a nurse in a pediatric primary care and urgent care office. She loves to collaborate with families and get to know them over time, and takes great joy in watching kids grow, develop, and gain independence. She believes strongly in preventive medicine and working with families to find strategies that work well for their unique needs. She did her nursing training at UNC Chapel Hill and nurse practitioner training at Duke University. She speaks Spanish and loves working with these families. She is very excited to join Kids First Pediatrics and looks forward to meeting you! Lauren sees patients in our Raleigh location.
Cristi Finch, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC
Cristi is a pediatric nurse practitioner who absolutely loves working with children and their families. She has always known she wanted to work with children and has spent the last five years working on the Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant unit at Duke University Hospital. She loves to work collaboratively with the patient and their families to develop a long-lasting, trusting relationship.
Cristi is a NC native and did both her nursing and nurse practitioner training at UNC. Go Heels! Cristi, Ryan, their dog Linus and cat Olive live in Morrisville. During her time off she can be found trying out new recipes, hiking and traveling. Cristi will be seeing patients in our Clayton location.
Ashleigh Martin, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC
Ashleigh Martin is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who is passionate about the care of children from the newborn stage into young-adulthood. She has worked with children and families in some capacity since she was in high school. She believes strongly in providing evidence-based guidance and recommendations to help families make the best health decisions for their children.
Ashleigh obtained her nursing degrees from Duke University School of Nursing and worked as a registered nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner. She has 5 years of experience as a PNP. Ashleigh also attended North Carolina State University, earning a degree in Biological Sciences. She is a diehard NC State fan and in the fall you can always find her at Carter Finley cheering on the pack. Ashleigh, her husband Matt, 5-year-old daughter Ryleigh, and deaf Dalmatian Marshall live in Angier. In her time off you can find her teaching Pure Barre or hanging out with friends and family.
Lauren Brookshire, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC
Lauren Brookshire is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who enjoys providing care to children and their families. She received herMasters in Nursing from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill in 2014 and her Undergraduate Nursing Degree from UNC-Greensboro in 2007. Prior to joining Kids First Pediatrics, she has worked as a PNP in two pediatric offices in North Carolina and as a registered nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Duke Hospital. She focuses on evidenced-based practice and is passionate about providing family centered care and empowering patients. Lauren currently lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband and two children. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, staying active, reading, cheering on the Tar Heels and spending time with her family. She looks forward to seeing you in the office!