Our Physicians

Leamor Buenaseda, MD, FAAP

Dr. Buenaseda has been practicing pediatrics in Cumberland County since 2006 before opening up Kids First Pediatrics of Raeford in Hoke County.  She currently holds admitting privileges at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville, NC.  She is a Board Certified Pediatrician (by the American Board of Pediatrics) who also holds current certifications in Basic Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Neonatal Resuscitation. She completed her medical degree from the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines graduating with honors and subsequently passing the Philippine Medical Board Examinations. She did her Residency training at Morristown Memorial Hospital in New Jersey where she received the Arthur Ackerman Award for resident most likely to succeed in general pediatrics. She has also been named in “America’s Top Pediatrician” 2 years in a row by the Consumer Research Council of America. Dr. Buenaseda is a Fellow of American Academy of Pediatrics and member of the North Carolina Pediatric Society. Prior to opening up her own practice, she has served as the Medical Director of Hope Mills Pediatrics Group in Cumberland County and practiced with North Side Pediatrics in Fayetteville. Her interests include caring for kids with special needs such as Autism, Down’s syndrome and other developmental disorders. When she is not seeing patients, Dr. Buenaseda loves spending time with her husband and daughter. Request an appointment with Dr. Buenaseda at our Raeford office today.

Mrs. Melanie Pitts, NP-C

Melanie Pitts, NP-C

Melanie Pitts, NP-C has been practicing as a nurse practitioner in pediatrics since 2009 in Fayetteville, NC. Starting in 2006, she practiced as a nurse in various areas including the Pediatric ICU, Maternal/Newborn Postpartum Unit, and Complex Medical Surgical Unit. Mrs. Pitts is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). She completed her degrees in Psychology with Honors and Biology at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After teaching high school, she returned to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for her degree in Nursing, graduating with Highest Honors. In 2009, she obtained her Masters in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Duke University, and is returning to Duke University for her Doctorate in Nurse Practitioning beginning Fall 2017. Mrs. Pitts is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the North Carolina Nursing Association, and Sigma Theta Tau, the National Honor Society for Nursing. Her interests include a focus on comprehensive education and guidance for well children, and the treatment and management of ADD/ADHD. When she is not in clinic, she enjoys spending time with her husband and sons. Come visit Melanie Pitts at our Valleygate office today.

Mrs. Mariela G. Woods, FNP-BC

Mariela G. Woods, FNP-BC has been practicing as a nurse practitioner in pediatrics since 2016 in Fayetteville, NC. Her nursing career began in 2000 in the state of Texas, where she practiced as a nurse in various areas including the Maternal/Newborn Postpartum Unit, Labor and Delivery, OR and Outpatient Eye Surgical Unit. Mrs. Woods is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). She completed her nursing undergraduate degrees at The University of Texas at Brownsville. In 2016, she obtained her Masters in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner with honors from Maryville University in St. Louis, MO. Mrs. Woods is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, where she serves as the NC membership chair, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the North Carolina Nursing Association, and Sigma Theta Tau, the National Honor Society for Nursing. Her interests include a focus on adolescent healthcare and guidance along with high-risk behavior prevention. When she is not in clinic, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children. Come visit Mariela Woods at our Fayetteville office today.

Mrs. Katrina Perez, CPNP-PC

Katrina Perez, MSN, CPNP-PC has been practicing as a nurse practitioner in pediatrics since 2016 in El Paso, TX. Starting in 2008, she practiced as a registered nurse in Pediatrics and Pediatric and Neonatal ICU. Mrs. Perez is a certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) who also holds current certifications in Basic Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. She completed her Bachelors degree in nursing at the University of Texas at El Paso. In 2014, she returned to the University of Texas at El Paso where she obtained her Masters in Nursing as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with a 4.0 grade average. Her interests include comprehensive care for infants while providing education to parents, including breastfeeding guidance. Her hobbies include baking and coaching cheerleading. When she is not seeing patients, she loves spending time with her husband and her children. Schedule your visit to our Raeford office today and meet Katrina Perez.