The Best Pediatric Specialty Care
Out There, is Right Here.


Conditions We Treat

What is a Colonoscopy?
Colonoscopy Instructions

Clean Out Colonoscopy
Ages 3-5

Clean Out Colonoscopy
Ages 6-11

Clean Out Colonoscopy
Ages 12 and older

Other Information

Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)

Helpful Hints for Controlling Gas (Flatus)


The NHRMC Nunnelee Pediatric Specialty Clinics is located at:
510 Carolina Bay Drive • Suite 200 • Wilmington, NC, 28405 • Phone: 910-662-8888
Hours: Monday ­ Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

To make an appointment with any of our subspecialists, please contact your primary care physician or for more information, you may reach the Nunnelee Clinic at 910.667.6888

REFERRAL LINE: 910-662-8941

About Us
We are a referral-based practice and work in collaboration with primary care physicians to improve continuity of care for our patients. Our team also sees patients at the following clinics:

New Hanover Regional Medical Center Nunnelee Pediatric Specialty Clinic
Jacksonville Children's & Multispecialty Clinic

Lumberton Children's Clinic
Southeast Pediatrics in Whiteville


Feeding disorders are common and can have far reaching effects on the nutritional and developmental outcome of children. We believe in early intervention with a multidisciplinary team, including a gastroenterologist and/or a pediatric nurse practitioner specializing in feeding disorders, pediatric dietician, and feeding therapist.

We utilize a medical/oro-motor/behavioral approach to feeding disorders to:

• Treat medical conditions that may be causing the aversion
• Utilize behavioral modification techniques when indicated
• Treat oro-motor problems
• Educate families to learn feeding strategies for home

Our team services families across Southeastern North Carolina. We coordinate with primary care providers, sub-specialists, home health nurses, dieticians, and speech/occupational therapists.

We offer the following testing:

• Modified barium swallow study
• Upper GI series
• Gastric Emptying Scan
• Ph/Impedence probe
• Endoscopy
• Polysonogram

Pediatric Gastroenterology Medical Team


Robert "Chip" Williams, MD
Medical Director, Nunnelee Pediatric Specialty Clinics,
Pediatric Gastroenterologist

Originally from St. Petersburg, Florida, Dr. Williams received his medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine in Bayshore, New York and completed a pediatric residency at Miami Children’s Hospital. He completed his clinical fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville and practiced pediatric gastroenterology in Tampa. Dr. Williams is skilled in endoscopic diagnostic and therapeutic procedures such as endoscopies, sigmoidoscopies and colonoscopies.

Minela Fernandez, MD
Pediatric Gastroenterologist

Dr. Fernandez was raised in Kentucky, and graduated from the University of Louisville (big Cardinals Fan). She attended the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences sponsored by the US Army (big Army fan) and completed her training in Pediatric Gastroenterology at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in 2004. Dr. Fernandez has been heavily involved in the education of medical students, residents, and fellows throughout her military and medical career. After several leadership and committee positions, much travel, and 25 years of service, she retired in June 2017. After meeting the staff at Coastal Childrens Services, she could not wait to become a part of this outstanding team of providers. Dr. Fernandez enjoys meeting and treating children with a variety of GI, liver, biliary, and pancreatic issues, hoping to have a positive impact on their quality of life. She is of Puerto Rican
descent, enjoys all things Hispanic and exploring other cultures, and speaks fluent (although not the best) Spanish whenever she can.

Julie Andrews, RN, DNP, PNP-BC
Julie Andrews is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She earned her bachelor of science in nursing from The Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania in 2008. Julie moved to Wilmington in 2009 and worked as a registered nursing in the NICU at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. In 2012 she returned to school at the Medical University of South Carolina and obtained a doctorate of nursing practice degree as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. In her spare time, Julie enjoys spending time with her husband at the beach, boating, and traveling.


Support Staff
In collaboration with New Hanover Regional Medical Center, our Gastroenterology team works closely with the following individuals:

Kim Rogers, CDE
Kim began working at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in 1992 on the pediatric floor. She transferred to the Pediatric Specialty Clinic in 2005 and started working closely with children with diabetes. In 2009, she became a Certified Diabetes Educator. With Kim's help, on December 1, 2014 the clinic received accreditation with the American Association of Diabetes Educators for the Diabetes Self Management Program.

Sara Strickland, Nutritionist, Dietician
Sara Strickland is a Registered Dietitian specializing in Pediatric Nutrition. She received her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio and completed her Dietetic Internship at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. Most recently, she has received a Graduate Degree in Clinical Pediatric Nutrition through Indiana University and became a Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition through the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Sara has been practicing Medical Nutrition Therapy for over 10 years.

Tara Sullivan, CDE
Tara Sullivan is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a degree in recreation therapy. She graduated from Cape Fear Community College with an associates degree in nursing and has worked at New Hanover Regional Medical Center for 10 years. She began her nursing career at Cape Fear Hospital on the adult medical/surgical floor and transitioned to pediatrics after a few years of adult care. She was an inpatient pediatric nurse and then an inpatient PICU nurse. Tara then became a certified pediatric nurse. She came to the clinic about four years ago as a nurse and has since sat for her certified diabetes educator exam. She has been a nurse and diabetes educator in the Nunnelee Clinics for about two years.

McCall White, RN, CDE
McCall White joined the endocrine team at the Nunnelee Clinic in 2014. She moved here from Asheville, NC where she worked as a diabetes educator. She has always worked in adult care and is excited to be working with kids! Her primary interest is working with children with diabetes. She became a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) in December of 2013. She is an active member of JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) and has also volunteered several summers at diabetes camps in both North and South Carolina. In her free time she enjoys dance, tennis, and the beach.


Neonatal Care

Coastal Carolina Neonatology

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Neonatal Transport

NICU Family Resources

NICU Follow-Up Clinic


Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

Pediatric Inpatient & Newborn Services

Nunnelee Pediatric Specialty Clinics


Betty H. Cameron Women's and
Children's Hospital



NHRMC Foundation

NICU Family Resources



2212 South 17th St. | Wilmington, NC 28401
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