Our Doctor and Certified Nurse Midwife

Our Doctor – Shawn Stephens, MD, FACOG

Dr. Stephens is a board certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist dedicated to his patients and his practice.  He came to the Sarasota/Bradenton area from Upstate New York where he completed his Internship and Residency at Rochester General Hospital.  During his time at RGH he also served as Chief Resident.  Soon after graduating residency in 2006 he joined the faculty practice that he graduated from.  He quickly became the Medical Director and Associate Chair of the Department of OBGYN where he was very successful in running 4 practices with his dedicated team of professionals including midwives and resident physicians.  He excelled in training those residents to become compassionate and skilled surgeons and obstetricians.  He is very excited for the newest member of the team here in Florida, Holli Askren, ARNP, CNM!!

His special interests are in surgical robotics using the Davinci Robotic System as well as office based surgery.  He quickly became one of the leading surgeons where he practiced and has performed hundreds of minimally invasive hospital based and office based surgeries.  Obstetrics has always been of strong interest to him as well as there is nothing more exciting than bringing a new life into this world.  “Obstetrics is a challenging yet rewarding part of our (OBGYN’s) daily life.”  His family was also very excited to move to Florida.  His wife and 3 boys enjoy spending time at the beach and participating in various outdoor activities.  Dr. Stephens personally enjoys running, cycling, golfing, and spending time with his family.  “I love what I do and feel very satisfied every time I help someone through their personal situation, big or small.”


Our Midwife – Holli Askren, CNM

“I believe in the power of each and every woman to give birth. I am always in awe when I watch a woman transform into a mother as she goes through the birth process. She learns so much about herself, she finds an inner strength she did not know she possessed. I consider it a privilege to help her as she goes through that journey.”

I was born in Michigan, but moved to Florida when I was 12. I received my Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Florida in 1992. After working for years in both low and high risk obstetric settings, I found my “calling” was to help women through the birth process and into motherhood. I received my Masters in Nurse Midwifery from UF in 1997 (GO GATORS!) and moved to Arizona. I practiced as a solo nurse midwife for two years until I received the greatest gifts of my life, my children. As they grew up, I gained experience in neonatal intensive care nursing as well as continuing in labor and delivery so I could be close to women, helping them give birth. I returned to nurse midwifery in 2012. My husband was granted a new job opportunity in Sarasota, so we moved back to Florida. I worked in the Clearwater area for the past year, but have relocated to Sarasota so my husband can be closer to his place of employment. I am very excited to be a part of University Park OB/GYN! I look forward to meeting new clients and sharing my love of birth and women’s health with them!!

When I am not busy, I love being with my two girls and my husband of twenty years. I also love to read, go to the beach, hike, and cheer for the Gators!!