Our Team

Nimali Fernando, MD, MPH

Dr. Nimali Fernando is a board-certified pediatrician practicing in Fredericksburg, VA and founder of the website doctoryum.org and The Doctor Yum Project, a nonprofit organization that empowers families with information on illness prevention through a healthy diet.  Dr. Fernando graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Medical Degree and Masters in Public Health. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at The University of Texas – Houston Health Science Center and then served for several years as Clinical Assistant Professor in the department of Pediatrics. In 2005, she began practicing pediatrics in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).  She is also the co-author of Doctor Yum’s Preschool Food Adventure, in interactive nutrition curriculum being used in several Central Virginia Schools and Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater: A Parent’s Handbook. She has been on a guest expert on childhood nutrition on such media outlets as NPR, Sirius XM radio, Fox DC, Fox Baltimore and WUSA. Her work with the Doctor Yum Project has been featured in Northern VA Magazine, The Voice of America, WTOP and The New York Times, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt. 

Trina Erwin, LPN

Trina has been a nurse for over 30 years. Most of her career has been in Pediatrics. She has grown 3 boys and one adorable grandson. She loves children, and she is so excited to be working at Yum Pediatrics. My favorite fruit is an apple. My favorite vegetable is broccoli.

Alexis Day, LPN

Alexis has a long background with kids, first working for many years in childcare. After getting her degree she decided to go into pediatric nursing and she has found it to be a great fit! In her spare time Alexis spends time with her two beautiful daughters and her adorable son. Her favorite fruit is oranges, and her favorite vegetable is any leafy green. 

Nicole Kizzie

Nicole is a mom to three boys. She has been in the medical field for over ten years. In her free time, Nicole enjoys crafting. Her favorite fruit is grapes and her favorite vegetable is cucumbers. 


Frida is Dr. Fernando’s sidekick. She works a few mornings here and there when she isn’t taking care of her other humans. She loves the kids and is there to offer a paw of support during ruff times. In case you are wondering, she’s 3/4 Corgi, 1/4 Mini Australian Shepherd, and 100% personality!