Pediatrician - Raleigh
3801 Computer Drive
Suite 200
Raleigh, NC 27609

(919) 782-5273

Pediatrician - Knightdale
6602 Knightdale Blvd
Suite 204
Knightdale, NC 27545

 (919) 781-8853 (fax)

Pediatrician - Wakefield
10831 Forest Pines Drive
Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27614


Capitol Pediatrics will be opening today Friday Feb 21, 2020 at 10:00am, Please call us beginning at 10:00.  

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At Capitol Pediatrics & Adolescent Center, PLLC, our team consists of experienced, compassionate pediatricians and friendly, nurturing staff members who take pride in giving our young patients the personalized pediatric care that they deserve.

We understand that you have a choice of pediatricians in the Raleigh area, and we appreciate your consideration. We can assure you that you'll feel confident in our ability to meet all of your expectations.

All of our pediatricians are highly educated professionals who have undergone rigorous academic and clinical training in pediatrics. We maintain a high level of expertise through continuing education in order to provide the most up-to-date care for the young patients we are privileged to serve.

Capitol Pediatrics & Adolescent Center, PLLC believes in a team approach to your child's health and well-being, so all of our doctors collaborate with parents to provide the highest level of care. We appreciate the opportunity to care for your child and pride ourselves on making pediatric care a pleasant experience for all of our patients.

Wendy L. Taylor Book MD, FAAP

at Wakefield Office

Dr. Taylor Book received her Bachelor of Science Degree from The College of William and Mary, Summa Cum Laude, and her Master of Arts in Microbiology and Immunology from Duke University. She received her medical degree from the Duke University School of Medicine and joined our practice in 2002 upon completing her Residency in Pediatrics at Duke University Medical Center.  She is a board certified pediatrician and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Taylor Book and husband, Paul, are the proud parents of their two daughters, Madison and Mackenzie.


Ruffin Franklin, MD

at Computer Drive Office

Dr. Franklin was born and raised in Raleigh in a neighborhood next to NCSU campus where he spent much of his free time. He sold concessions at Wolfpack football games but after graduating from Broughton he decided to get better acquainted with “the enemies” and attended Duke University for his undergraduate degree and UNC for medical school. Only his barber and nurse now know which sports team he truly favors.

After medical school, Dr. Franklin furthered his medical education by doing a US Public Health Service Fellowship to study the maternal/child healthcare in Croatia and surrounding Balkan countries. He studied OB/GYN and pediatrics at University College Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children in London before doing his pediatric residency at Northwestern’s Children Memorial Hospital in Chicago and then Duke University.

Dr. Franklin first practiced pediatrics in Tarboro, NC before moving to Raleigh in 1985 to join Capitol Pediatrics and became one of the original pediatricians. He likes general pediatrics best and seeing his babies grow up to young adults. He also works with GSK, Merck, Pfizer and other various pharmaceutical companies as a principal investigator in clinical trials that has resulted in FDA approvals of immunizations we now give routinely. He believes strongly in immunizations having witnessed many of his former patients who suffered, expired, or were permanently damaged by whooping cough, meningitis, pneumonia and other life threatening diseases that are now nearly extinct due to these new, safe and effective immunizations. 

43 years ago I first began my practice as a pediatrician. The changes I have witnessed in the health and welfare of my patients during that period are staggering from the technology and advances in both treating serious diseases to the new emphasis of preventive care. It has never been my style to dictate how to treat or raise a child but rather to educate both parents and patients through the ups and downs of their journey. My colleagues at Capitol Pediatrics feel the same way. It is with mixed feelings that I have decided to retire after all these years which truly has been my life. For those of you who trusted me with your children’s health and illnesses, I thank you. I leave knowing my colleagues and staff at Capitol Pediatrics and Adolescent Center will carry on as I have, dedicating their knowledge and time to help you through the trials and tribulations of parenthood and in the transitioning of your infant to an adult. I cannot think of a more important branch of medicine than that of a pediatrics which not only deals with the health and welfare of our future but which is devoted to give guidance and reassurance that every parent needs and appreciates. I would do it again and again if I could.


Miriam Medero-Eng, MD

at Computer Drive Office

Dr. Medero-Eng is a board certified pediatrician and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics who joined Capitol Pediatrics in November of 2007.  She moved from New York City where she received her B.A. in Chemistry from New York University, College of Arts and Science, her M.D. from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and completed her Pediatric Residency at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore.  Before coming to North Carolina, she was an attending physician with Beth Israel Pediatric Associates at Beth Israel Medical Center and she was an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at The Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.

At Capitol Pediatrics Dr. Medero-Eng sees a wide variety of culturally diverse patients with many different medical problems.  She especially enjoys watching babies grow into young adults and sharing these wonderful years in partnership with their families. 

When she is not in the office Dr. Medero-Eng loves spending time with her husband and daughter.  She enjoys traveling, especially going to the beach, and reading.  She is an active member of her church and volunteers at her daughter’s school.

Dr. Medero-Eng is fluent in Spanish.


Jeff  Ryan, MD

at Wakefield Office

Dr. Ryan was born and raised in Ohio where he graduated from Miami University with a BS, BA in Zoology. He graduated Medical school at the University of Toledo in 1990. He then became a North Carolinian (he can’t bring himself to say Tar Heel) when he did his pediatric residency training at Duke and met his wife.

Except for a brief stint practicing in the Tidewater area in Virginia, he has been with Capitol Pediatrics ever since. As the proud father of four boys, he enjoys hiking, gardening, birding, nature photography, or pretty much anything that gets him outdoors with quiet!


Jacqueline Kerkow, MD

at Knightdale Office

Dr. Kerkow joined Capitol Pediatrics in October 2012. She grew up outside of Philadelphia and received her bachelor’s of science degree from Yale University. She completed medical school and a master’s degree in Biomedical Science at the University of California San Diego. She then moved to North Carolina to complete her residency in Pediatrics at Duke University Medical Center. She is particularly interested in preventive medicine and the impact of social and psychological factors on health.

Dr. Kerkow and her husband, Don, enjoy life in Durham with their daughter, Sophia.



Melissa S. Varnes, CPNP

at Wakefield Office

Melissa Schoenfeld is a nationally certified pediatric nurse practitioner who joined Capitol Pediatrics in March 2016. She graduated from Lehigh University with honors and earned her Bachelors degree in Behavioral Neuroscience. She earned both her Bachelors and Masters of Science in Nursing degrees from Columbia University School of Nursing in New York. She performed her clinical training at Columbia Presbyterian, Weill-Cornell Medical Center, Maria Ferari Children's Hospital, and at the cardiac transplant unit at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital in NY, among others. Melissa has worked as a PNP in her native state of New York for two and a half years as well as the neighboring state of Connecticut. Despite having a major love for her family, the New York Yankees, pizza, and bagels, she decided to leave them for warmer weather and a more relaxing lifestyle here in NC where she began working at a pediatric practice in Henderson, NC before joining Capitol Pediatrics.  She received her pediatric national certification from the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board in 2013 and she is a member of NAPNAP and the Sigma Theta Tau Honors Society of Nursing. Her interests within pediatrics include helping children with neurological or behavioral issues and supporting breastfeeding. Her favorite part, however, is watching babies grow and develop into preschoolers and young children forming their own personalities and identities. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her cousins down here in NC, going to Disney World, going to the pool, reading, watching movies and TV, watching her NY sports teams, board games, traveling, and playing golf. 


Steven Kubicki, MD

at Knightdale Office

Dr. Kubicki is a Board Certified Pediatrician and one of Capitol Pediatrics and Adolescent Center's partnering physicians. He joined Capitol Pediatrics in 1993 after serving Kaiser Permanente as a staff pediatrician. He received his undergraduate degree from Saint Mary's College of California, his medical degree from George Washington University, and completed his pediatric residency at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Kubicki's special interests include the care and management of children with chronic disease, asthma teaching, pulmonary function testing, diabetes management, and working interdependently with specialists to coordinate medical care for developmentally disordered children, including the management of Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Dr. Kubicki and his wife, Theresa, have a son, Cullen who is away at college and a daughter, Jessica, at home.


Hannah Bergeson, CPNP

at Knightdale Office

Hannah grew up in Raleigh and has now returned home to the area after spending five years in Philadelphia earning her Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing degrees. She completed the Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program through the University of Pennsylvania. She is board certified and a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. While Hannah is passionate about pediatrics as a whole, she has a special love for both infant care and children with developmental challenges. She minored in autism spectrum disorder in order to pursue her interest in developmental and behavioral pediatrics.

Hannah is thrilled to be a part of the Capitol Pediatrics team. When she is not at the office, Hannah likes to go to the lake or beach, explore downtown Raleigh, and cheer on the Wolfpack!

It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce my departure from Capitol Pediatrics at the end of November. This has been a long and painful decision made over the course of the past several months. It has been an honor and a blessing to work alongside this incredible group of nurses and providers for the past 3 years. It has been an even greater blessing, however, to have had the privilege to be so intimately involved in the lives of my patients and their families during my time here. It is truly a gift for someone to share their child with you and to invite you into their most vulnerable moments, and this is not something I take lightly or for granted. It has brought me so much joy to watch your children grow and blossom, to change from innocent babies to mischievous toddlers and young children to independent teens.

I have had the opportunity to sit with you in times of laughter and triumph, and also in times of deep sorrow, frustration, and loss. I have learned a great deal about life, pediatric medicine, parenting, and myself during my employment with Capitol Pediatrics. You all have left an imprint on my heart that will last a lifetime, and I can only hope that I’ve made a fraction of this impact on some of you. I am not leaving Capitol Peds to pursue a different primary care position, and I am honestly not quite sure exactly what the future holds. I will cherish the memories of your children’s sweet smiles and funny remarks, and all the little moments that I felt like a part of your families.

I have the utmost confidence in the care that is offered by Capitol Pediatrics as a practice, and as I have shared with some of my colleagues, I hope to bring my own babies here one day. Please know that I will miss you, and wish each and every one of you the very best.

"While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about."

Robert G. Morgan, MD

at Computer Drive office

Born in Charlotte, Dr. Morgan has lived all over North Carolina, but he is a Tar Heel at heart.  After obtaining a business degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he was a tutor, teacher, and mentor for children in Wilmington before attending medical school at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.

Following graduation from medical school, Dr. Morgan returned to UNC Chapel Hill to complete his pediatric residency. He enjoyed taking care of children from all across the state during his training at the North Carolina Children’s Hospital. As a senior resident, he was honored to receive an award for teaching excellence by UNC medical students.

Dr. Morgan brings a passion for preventive medicine to Capitol Pediatrics, where he enjoys working with children of all ages; from newborn infants to adolescents.  He is married to an English professor who shares his love for the outdoors – especially the beaches and mountains of North Carolina. 


Erin Ladew, CPNP

at Wakefield Office

Erin LaDew is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who joined Capitol Pediatrics in 2017.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Religious Studies from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Duke University.  She worked as a registered nurse in the Pediatric Cardiac ICU at Duke Children’s Hospital for several years prior to completing the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduating with a Masters of Science degree in Nursing.  She is board certified and a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.  While Erin loves caring for children of all ages, she has a particular love for supporting new parents and breastfeeding mother/infant dyads.  She is currently studying to also become certified as a lactation consultant through the IBLCE, to better serve her patients.

When she is not at the office, Erin loves spending time with her husband, Thomas, and their son.  In her free time, she likes to be active, practice yoga, cheer on the Tar Heels, and play with her family's spunky pup, Buckets!


Emily Viva, LCSW

at Computer Drive office

Emily is a LCSW, with more than 5 years of experience in clinical settings with a focus on working with young children, adolescents and adults. As a case manager, Emily is dedicated to developing personal connections with patients and families, to identify barriers to care, establish patient goals and help improve their overall health and wellbeing. Contact Emily at (984) 215-4758.

Emily is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is seeing patients Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 8-5 in our Computer Drive office.


Cheryl Crawford, CPNP

at Computer Drive office

I grew up in Long Island New York. My love for nursing started in high school. I was fortunate to obtain an LPN license with my high school diploma. I continue my education in New York. I obtain my MSN in child health Nursing at SUNY Stony Brook University and became a certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Along the way, I was able to work in various pediatric settings including emergency medicine, intensive care, ambulatory care, home care, and long term care.

Once I became a Nurse Practitioner, I moved to North Carolina and my first opportunity to practice was in a pediatric hospital. I then found my passion for primary care. As a military spouse, I worked in various cities in the United States caring for children of our Armed Forces members. Once we retired I return to North Carolina, my favorite state in all my travels. It is my passion to care for children in this community specifically helping new moms successfully navigate through their parenting experience. I am currently pursuing a doctorate and will be completed in 2021. When I’m not working or studying I enjoy spending time with my family especially my granddaughter because we share similar passions.

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