Meet Our Providers

Morehead City Pediatricians

Katharine S. Moorehead, MD, FAAP

Dr. Moorehead was born in New York and spent her childhood in both New York and southern California. After earning her undergraduate degree from the University of California-Berkeley, she spent 12 years working in graphic design in New York City. She earned her medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and then Residency at NYU/Bellevue Hospital. Before relocating to Morehead City she spent 7 years in private practice with her husband and son in a coastal Maine community.

Professional Experience
Carteret Clinic for Adolescents and Children, May 2007 - Present
Miles Health Care, Damariscotta, ME 2000 – 2007

Graphic Design Artist: Graphic designer for magazines, newspapers and graphic design firms in New York City, NY 1980 - 1992

Interests: Family, sports, running, arts and crafts

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Loreli L. Rowe, MD, FAAP

Dr. Rowe was born and raised in Bath County, VA. After earning her BS in Biology and graduating Cum Laude from Bridgewater College in VA, she entered  Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk where she obtained her Doctorate of Medicine. She spent the three years prior to joining our practice at Geisinger Medical Center, in Danville, PA completing her pediatric residency program. Dr. Rowe and her husband Sean Rowe, who is an Emergency Medicine Physician at Carteret General Hospital, are thrilled to be living at the Crystal Coast where they enjoy spending time outdoors with their son Declan.

Medical Education:
2007 Eastern Virginia Medical School

2010 Geisinger Medical Center, Janet Weis Children's Hospital

2003 Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, VA
Bachelor of Science in Biology

Interests: family, kayaking, biking, camping, cooking, travel

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Margaret Merrick, MD, FAAP

Dr. Merrick was born in Tampa, Florida. Her undergraduate study was at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville where she was a DuPont Scholar and received her BA in English. She attended Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk and earned her Doctorate of Medicine. After completing her residency at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA, she worked in private practice in Cumberland, MD for 16 years before she and her family relocated to Morehead City in 1999.

Professional Experience:
Carteret Children's Clinic, 2012-Present
President/CEO, Code Team, LLC, 2011-Present
Pediatric Free Healthcare Clinic, 2009
President/CEO, A+ Medical Business Services, Inc., 2002-2012
H. Curtiss Merrick, MD 2000-2002
Attending Physician and Partner, Children’s Medical Group, 1983-1999

Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA July 1980-1983
Pediatric Internship/Residency

Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA 1977-1980
Degree: Doctor of Medicine

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, NC 1973-1977
Degree: Bachelor of Arts, English
Honors: DuPont Scholar

Interests: Duplicate bridge, swimming, biking, boating

Melanie Johnston - Carteret Children's Clinic


Melanie C. Johnston, CPNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Melanie was born and raised in New Bern, NC. After receiving her Nursing degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, she worked as a pediatric nurse at Duke University Medical Center. She left Duke to begin a career as a traveling nurse and had many wonderful experiences from Maine to California. She settled in Denver, CO to pursue her Master's in Nursing. She lived there for seven years before deciding to return to North Carolina. She now lives with her husband and youngest daughter in Emerald Isle. She has two older children and three beautiful grandchildren.

Melanie joined our office staff in August of 2006. She is a warm and wonderful addition to our practice and brings a wealth of pediatric experience.

Professional Experience:
Nurse Practitioner, August 2006-Present, Carteret Children's Clinic
Nurse Practitioner, July 1999-April 2006, Craven County Health Department, New Bern, NC
Nurse Practitioner, July 1997-July 1999 ECIM Pediatrics, New Bern, NC
Nurse Practitioner, October 1995-July 1997 Onslow Pediatric Associates, Jacksonville, NC
Nurse Practitioner, March 1995-October 1995, Vanceboro Medical Center, Vanceboro, NC
Nurse Practitioner, August 1993 - March 1995, Aurora Pediatric Associates, Aurora, CO

Medical Education:
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner: 1993
Master of Science in Nursing, University of Colorado

Allied Health Education:
Registered Nurse: 1985
Bachelor of Science in Nursing; University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Interests: homeschooling, American Heritage Girls, camping, knitting and crocheting, family

Robin Gillikin - Carteret Children's Clinic


Robin Gillikin, FNP-C

Robin was born and raised in Dothan, Alabama. She is married to Paul and together they have three children. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1995 and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2000. After several years of working in Maternal Child Health as a Registered Nurse at Carteret General Hospital, she decided to pursue and complete her Master of Science degree in Nursing at East Carolina University in 2013 and became certified as a Nurse Practitioner.

Professional Experience
Carteret Children’s Clinic – 2013 to present
RN – Maternal Child Health, Carteret General Hospital, 2004-2013
RN – Carteret Children's Clinic, 2002-2012
RN – Emergency Department, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, 2000-2001

East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Master of Science in Nursing – July 2013

University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington, NC
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – May 2000
Sigma Theta Tau

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
Bachelor of Arts, Physical Education – May 1995

Interests: family, boating, fishing, exercising, reading, coaching youth softball

Cindy Compeggie, PNP


Cindy Compeggie, PNP

Cindy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our practice. She completed a BS from Niagara University, NY and a Master's degree from UNC-Chapel Hill where she completed a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program and became certified in 1996. She has been an RN for over 30 years and 22 years as a Nurse Practitioner practicing in our coastal area. Her diverse experiences include pediatric and oncology nursing, patient and staff education, and research coordination at the National Institutes of Health. Her husband is active-duty military and she has two children.

Professional Experience:
Nurse Practitioner - Carteret Children’s Clinic, 2018
Nurse Practitioner - Carolina Pediatrics, Wilmington, NC, 2004-2011, 2013-2018
Nurse Practitioner -Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington DC, 2000
RN - Nurse Practitioner - Carolina Pediatrics, Wilmington, NC, 1995-1996
RN - Pediatric Services of America, Morrisville, NC 1995-1995
RN - Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, Salinas, CA, 1991-1994

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN 1996
Niagara University, NY, BSN, 1983

Interests: Spending time with her husband, her busy teens and dogs.