Meet Your Pediatric Providers and Staff

At Pediatric Partners, we pride ourselves on our commitment to open, honest communication between our providers, our patients, and their parents coupled with up-to-date evidence-based medical knowledge and nationally-recognized care.

Each patient has an ongoing relationship with a personal provider of choice trained to provide continuous and comprehensive care. Allowing patients and their families to select and identify a personal clinician provides continuity of care. One of the core principles at Pediatric Partners is this continuity of care for each and every patient. Our focus is to treat every patient based on his or her specific needs as well as to coordinate all aspects of each patient’s care. Personal provider choice may be established at patient enrollment and/or changed at any time by verbal request at check-in/out or by completing a change of personal provider request form.

We understand the special bond that develops between a patient and his or her primary care provider and make every effort to schedule patients with their personal provider. Providers’ daily schedules are structured to allow for same day appointments. Receptionists are thus able to offer patients the opportunity to see their personal provider, whether the nature of their visit is for well-child, routine, or acute care. Being a small five provider practice, many of our patients are familiar with and familiar to all our providers. In the event that a particular provider is not available, patients and providers feel comfortable being scheduled for an acute matter with another provider in the practice.

To learn more about our individual credentials, please see biographies below. To schedule an appointment for your child, a prenatal tour of our facilities, or a lactation consultation, please contact us online or call (919) 787-9555.


Dr. Terry Brenneman
Dr. Terry Brenneman attended Yale University, graduating Cum Laude with high honors in biology. Following graduation from New York University School of Medicine, he completed a three year pediatric residency at the University of Virginia Medical Center. On his pediatric board certification test he scored in the top 1% of applicants.

Dr. Brenneman practiced pediatrics in Raleigh beginning in 1983 and founded Pediatric Partners in 2006 after leaving a large, successful group that he had also founded. He has served on the Board of Directors of several non-profits including ARC and Spare Some for Autism (both associated with persons with special needs), SafeChild (child abuse prevention), and the Wake County American Heart Association chapter, serving one year as president.

Dr. Brenneman has served in several leadership positions in physician organizations. He has served several terms on the Executive Committee of the Wake County Medical Society, was elected Chairman of Rex Hospital’s pediatric department, was a clinical editor for a journal titled Pediatric Management, and was on the Board and then Chairman of an organization named “Practicing Consultants for Pediatricians” set up in the 1990’s by Triangle pediatricians to deal with the arrival of managed care.

Dr. B’s two children are now “all grown up” and he has two grandchildren. He retired in October 2022, but continues to share his wisdom with Pediatric Partners if the need arises. When not working he enjoys visiting with his family and traveling.


Dr. Melanie Walker
Dr. Walker was born in Anaheim, California and moved to Raleigh during her high school years. She graduated from Millbrook High School, then University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in psychology, public health and medicine. Go Heels! She completed her pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. She and her husband Franklin moved back to Raleigh in 2000. Before joining Pediatric Partners in 2008, she practiced at Raleigh Children and Adolescents Medicine for 7 years.

Dr. Walker enjoys working with children of all ages and their families. She loves working with new parents on the challenges and joys a new baby can bring and she enjoys working with adolescents and offering basic gynecological services to teenage girls.

Dr. Walker stays busy with her husband, Franklin, and her two boys, Trey and Paul when she isn’t in the office. She is involved at their school, at her church, was the chairman of the pediatrics department at Rex Hospital (2010-2011), and was the president of Rex Medical Staff. When she isn’t sitting on the sidelines of an athletic event, she enjoys tennis, exercise, travel, reading, cooking, and all things crafty.

Dr. Virginia Schreiner

Dr. Virginia Schreiner is a Raleigh native and graduated from Athens Drive High School. She is a serious Tarheel! She attended University of North Carolina Chapel Hill for 12 years. There, she received her undergraduate degree, medical degree, and completed her pediatric residency. She was also selected to stay an extra year as chief resident to help train the newer residents. She has worked in private practice in Southern Pines and Durham for eleven years. Before joining Pediatric Partners, Dr. Schreiner worked at WakeMed and at the Raleigh Children’s Developmental Services Agency (CDSA) helping children with special health care needs. In her personal time, she enjoys hiking, fine dining, traveling, and spending time with family, friends, and beloved pets.

Dr. Kelly Hayes

Dr. Hayes grew up in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina and attended Roanoke Rapids High School where he was his class salutatorian. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for both undergraduate and medical school. During medical school, he was fortunate to be a recipient of the North Carolina Board of Governor’s Medical Scholarship. He did his pediatric residency at the University of Kentucky in Lexington where he was awarded multiple Resident of the Year honors. As an enthusiastic Tar Heel fan, he was elated that UNC won the men’s basketball national championship in his final year at UK. Before joining Pediatric Partners in 2019, he practiced at Granville Primary Care in Oxford, NC for 2 years. He is board certified and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Hayes enjoys seeing the full spectrum of pediatric patients from newborns to college students. His clinical interests include newborn care, ADHD and asthma. As an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics of UNC School of Medicine, he is able to teach—another interest—medical students.

When Dr. Hayes is not at the office, he is spending time with his wife, Megan, and children, Dominic and Sevy. He enjoys being outside with his family, going to the gym, cooking with his wife, and cheering on the Tar Heels!

Dr. Nina LeCompte

Dr. LeCompte attended the University of Louisville for both undergraduate (Biology with Political Science minor) and medical school, and completed her pediatric residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. Before joining Pediatric Partners in 2020, she practiced in Dickson, TN for three years and St. Louis, MO for 1 year. She is board certified and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. During her training she was an active member of the Christian Medical and Dental Association and enjoyed traveling for mission trips.

Dr. LeCompte enjoys helping families navigate the ups and downs of raising children.  The best part of her job is building relationships with her patients and their families. She feels its a privilege to be let into their lives and a joy to watch them grow into adulthood.

She loves spending time with her husband and two young children, Judah and Kaylie. They can be found doing anything outdoors, visiting parks, hiking trails and camping. She loves to travel, experience different cultures, cook, and eat just about everything!


Alexis Fernandez, CPNP
Alexis grew up in Durham, NC and attended Riverside High School. She then attended East Carolina University for her undergraduate degree and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. After graduating she moved to Wilmington, NC  and worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at New Hanover Regional Medical center for 1.5 years.  Alexis then decided to move back to the triangle and worked at UNC Children’s hospital on the Hematology, Oncology, Cardiology, and Bone Marrow Transplant unit (5 children’s). While she loved bedside nursing, Alexis always knew she wanted to go back to school to become a nurse practitioner. She continued to work on 5 children’s for 3.5 years and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to obtain her Master of Nursing in Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary care. She was also a clinical instructor, while in school, to BSN and ABSN pediatric nursing students. Alexis has worked at a pediatric primary care in Smithfield, NC for the past 2 years but is excited to be working so close to home.

Alexis enjoys seeing a wide variety of patients but specific clinical interests include newborn care, developmental milestones, antibiotic stewardship, and hematology/oncology. She really enjoys continuity of care and loves getting to know families and watching children grow each appointment.

Alexis lives in Raleigh and loves to spend time with her fiancé, Winston, and her black lab mix, Boomer. She enjoys the beach, the lake, and loves to try new restaurants in the area!


Verity Garvey, IBCLC

Verity was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and later moved to California at the age of 13, where she attended and graduated from Orange County High School of the Arts. She always wanted to work closely with mothers and babies and began her career as a doula in 2011, after moving to Arizona with her husband. She then worked as a Community Health Worker doing home visits, offering support, education and resources for pregnant and new moms. It was this work, as well as the birth of her first son, that ignited a passion for lactation support. She first trained as a Certified Lactation Consultant in 2015 and later qualified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Over the last 8 years she has had the privilege of serving breastfeeding families both in a clinic setting and a hospital setting, including NICU care. 

In August 2021, Verity moved from Flagstaff, AZ to Cary, NC with her husband, Vince, and two sons, Finley and James. Verity loves playing outdoors with her boys, riding bikes and going for walks at the beautiful parks in the triangle area, and getting to the beach as often as possible. It is a joy to serve the breastfeeding families at Pediatric Partners!