Our Doctor and Certified Nurse Midwives
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!!
Our CNM – Sharon Lytle, CNM
Certified by American College of Nurse Midwives since 1999.
Graduated from University of Illinois at Chicago 1999. Master of Science in Maternal Child Nursing with Midwifery Focus
Graduated University of Illinois at Chicago 1997: Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Graduated Carl Sandburg College, Galesburg, Illinois 1990. Associate in Applied Science, Nursing.
From 1991 to 1999 I worked as a staff nurse in the obstetrics department of a small community hospital. It was there, where we had no epidurals, that I learned hands-on care of women during childbirth. I was licensed by the International Childbirth Education Association and taught childbirth preparation classes for 6 years. I was very involved in patient and staff education and taught newborn resuscitation classes for nursing staff during that time.
Following graduation from my midwifery program in 1999 I worked in a small private practice in Illinois where I delivered babies at two local hospitals. I also taught nursing at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Illinois and continue to teach Nutrition and Medical Terminology online college courses.
In 2009 I moved to Brandon, Florida and began working with a large group of midwives and nurse practitioners providing women’s health care in a private practice as well as six public health clinics in Hillsborough County. The six on-call midwives delivered over 100 babies a month at Tampa General Hospital. I moved to Sarasota in 2011, commuting to Hillsborough County to work. I have been in private practice in Sarasota since February 2013.
I am very pleased to continue my career here in Sarasota at University Park Obstetrics and Gynecology!
After being involved in birth for twenty-five years I still love working with families around birth time!
Personal birth experience includes the unmedicated birth of my daughter Kristi in 1990. Due to severe preeclampsia, labor was induced 6 weeks prematurely. It was during my pregnancy and delivery that I developed an interest in working in women’s health. In 1991 I began working as a registered nurse in obstetrics.
Hobbies and personal life: I live in Sarasota with my two cats. My daughter Kristi works for a large pharmaceutical benefits management company in the Chicago suburbs and I am very proud of her! We accrue a lot of mileage flying back and forth between Chicago and Sarasota! My step-daughter Jen is married and is a family nurse practitioner Bloomington, Illinois. I was present for the birth of Jen’s first two children. Baby number three, little Maddox, decided to arrive a day before Grandma’s planned arrival in Illinois.
Hearth and home are very dear to me. I enjoys family, friends, celebration, the natural world, travel, and all types of art. Welcoming new little people into the world is pretty high on my list of good times.