Guide to OB-GYNs


Disclaimer: Medical decisions are extremely personal, and we encourage everyone to do their own research in choosing a doctor.

We are often asked for our recommendations for local OB/GYNs, and we usually turn to our wonderful readers {like you} through our Facebook page to get additional input. We have taken those recommendations, along with our own, and compiled a list of Obstetricians/Gynecologists for all the pregnant and soon-to-be pregnant women in and around Sarasota and Manatee County.

To help you decide from this vast list of options, we have included a few of our readers’ quotes about their favorite doctors!

Sarasota Memorial

Advanced Gynecology and Obstetrics

Dr. John E. “Jack” Sullivan, Jr. “Extremely personalized care!” “Excellent surgeon and caring doctor.” “As a nurse, he also communicates well with nurses with is a major in patient care.”

Dr. Greg Damery

Constance Lewis, Nurse Practitioner


First Physicians Group

Dr. Ruth Y. Dyal

Dr. Michael S. Finazzo “He put my babies’ health first, and he doesn’t take risks. He is all about making sure you have a healthy baby. Plus, he’s hilarious!” “The best of the best!” “His care and compassion.”

Dr. Kathryn Gard

Dr. Kelly J. Hamel “She’s always smiling and is happy to see her patients. She makes sure she’s there to deliver her own patients, even on her days off.” “She was so reassuring and comforting.”

Dr. Julianne Kenton-Haney “Wonderful, supportive, caring and takes good care of you.”

Dr. Kristen Shepherd

Dr. Michael M. Shroder “Great for high risk and female issues. Does amazing surgery.”

Dr. Greg A. Towsley

Diane Dabringhaus and Carrie L. Grubb, Nurse Practitioners


Gulf Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology

Dr. Gary W. Easterling

Dr. Deanna Doyle

Dr. Richard B. Jamison “He was supportive, calm and genuine.”

Dr. Kyle L. Garner “I’ve never felt so comfortable and cared for by any other doctor. They (Garner and Jamison) take the time to listen and answer all questions and talk with you. I’d recommend them every time.” “Dr Garner is one of a kind. . He addresses all concerns thoroughly and in a non-biased fashion, always looking at what’s in the patient’s best interest. He is extremely well read and up on all the latest research and explains things fully.”

Dr. Margaux Manuel “Gulf Coast Obstetrics and Gynecology is wonderful! I see Dr. Manuel who is great. I’ve also seen all of the midwives, who are all equally as good. I felt comfortable asking questions and was always given expert advice throughout my pregnancy.”


Lakewood Ranch OB/GYN

Dr. Jennifer L. Swanson 

Dr. Shelly Chvotzkin 

Tracy L. Grathwohl 

Sharon Lytle – Midwife 


Sarasota OB/GYN Associates

Dr. Wayne A. Cohen “He’s funny and has a great bedside manner. He was supportive for my successful VBAC and we just love him!” “They are thorough, they are personal, they care about you and your individual needs.”

Dr. Evelyn Santiago

Dr. Katrina Davis

Beth Hinkelman, Elizabeth Gutierrez, Paulina Lamb, Nurse Practitioners

Allison Cornoyer, Rachel Stall, Midwives 


Swor Women’s Care

Dr. Swor

Dr. Kelly-Anne Shedd-Hartman (Dr. KASH) “She is so sweet and easy to talk to. Never felt rushed during a visit.”


University Park OB/GYN

Dr. Shawn Stephens “Everyone treats you like family.” “He delivered my last 2 babies, both high risk and all went so smooth.”

Holli Askren and Sharon Lytle, Midwives “They have incredible bedside manner, they work well together and apart, and you feel like family there! The staff is courteous and helpful and remember you… you’re not just another patient there!”

Manatee Memorial

West Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology

Dr. Michele Lemay

Dr. Karen Matta-Toomey

Dr. John David Hansill “He has a great personality, takes the time to listen to you and makes sure every part of the exam or necessary treatment is fully understood.”

Dr. Rosabelle Campos


Lakewood Ranch Medical Center

Premier OB/GYN

Dr. Laterica Barton “All of the physicians are excellent. I delivered with Dr. Barton last month and had a GREAT experience. She was understanding and tried to keep true to all of my delivery wants/wishes. I have nothing but good things to say about this facility!” – Jessica 

Dr. Maria Lin “Dr. Lin has been fantastic and extremely supportive.”

Lakewood Ranch Medical Group

Dr. Felicia Wagman – Dr. Wagman is a board certified OB/GYN with nearly 20 years’ experience. She attended medical school at the renowned Temple University in Philadelphia and completed her residency at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. She is dedicated to taking care of women, from before menarche through the reproductive years, menopause and beyond. 

OB-GYN Women’s Centre of Lakewood Ranch

Dr. Jorge Alvarez

Dr. Jennifer McCullen “Dr. Jennifer McCullen is the best year after year after year! I love her!” – Ann

Dr. Edgardo Aponte “Thank you for welcoming my two kids into this world & be the best Dr ever!” – Isabella

Midwife: Joanne Bevers “Joanne delivered 2 of my babies, and she is a superhero! My daughter loves to tell the story about her birth interrupting Joanne’s lunch! Sandwich down, gown on, baby out!” – Jeannie


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