Obstetrics & Gynecology

All Children’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists offer a wide range of services for women from adolescence through post-menopause and are devoted to the entire range of obstetrical and gynecological services.  Our dedicated team focuses on the individual needs of women in a warm and caring environment. 

We’re proud of our experienced and caring staff, including physicians who are board-certified/eligible in obstetrics and gynecology, certified nurse-midwives, nurse practitioners, a licensed clinical social worker and dedicated clinical and administrative support staff. Our talented team of physicians and nurse-midwives offer a unique blend of experience and innovation. In addition to providing the latest and most technologically advanced services and care, they understand the importance of keeping you informed throughout your medical treatment, explaining the benefits and risks of all decisions. So you're more than just a patient, you're an active participant in your own medical care.

Our specialists provide a wide range of services, including:

Comprehensive Obstetrical Care

Obstetrical care is provided by Obstetricians that are board certified/eligible, Certified Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners. Our providers work as a team using standard protocols that are based on the best available evidence.

Comprehensive Obstetrical Services include:

Adolescent Gynecology

All Children’s Hospital Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists adolescent gynecology clinic provides consultation, evaluation and treatment of adolescent girls with gynecological concerns in a caring and sensitive environment. We provide health education and guidance for teens and parents as well as screening and preventive health care services as needed.

Our comprehensive range of services includes but is not limited to:

  • Well-woman exams
  • Management of menstrual problems such as painful periods, frequent or heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Breast problems such as masses
  • Signs of delayed sexual maturation
  • Genital injuries
  • Abnormal pap smear evaluations
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Endometriosis
  • Abnormal vaginal discharge
  • Congenital abnormalities of the reproductive tract
  • Contraceptive management (including oral, transdermal and vaginal contraceptives, extended cycle oral contraceptives, Depo-Provera, Implanon, Mirena and Paraguard IUDs)
  • Screening and treatment of sexually transmitted infections
  • Preventive health guidance for teens and parents
  • Gardisil Vaccinations

Gynecology

At ACH Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists, our goal is to provide our female patients with the best health care possible. Our physicians and nurse practitioners work together to provide our patients with the latest information, medical diagnosis techniques, and treatment. We listen to our patients' concerns and needs.

Whether you need an annual well-woman check-up, physical or you have a specific need, we are here to help you. We treat a variety of gynecologic conditions:

Well-Woman Care

  • Annual Examinations
  • Breast Exams
  • Pap Smears
  • STD screening and treatment
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) - Diagnosis, counseling and Gardisil vaccine

Family Planning

  • Oral Contraceptives
  • Vaginal contraceptive ring, contraceptive patch, diaphragms
  • Intrauterine Systems:  Mirena or Paraguard
  • Progesterone-only birth control methods
    • Depo Provera
    • Implanon
    • Progestin only oral contraceptives
  • Permanent Birth Control
  • Laparoscopic Tubal Ligation
  • In-office Essure sterilization
  • Infertility evaluation, testing and treatment
  • Emergency Contraception

Gynecologic Concerns

  • Management of pain (periods, pelvic pain, intercourse, etc.)
  • Management of excessive or abnormal bleeding
  • Gynecologic Cancer Screening
  • Evaluation & treatment of endometriosis
  • Pelvic support problems
  • Abnormal pap smears, colposcopy
  • PMS/ PMDD treatment
  • Consultation and treatment for Osteoporosis
  • On site bone density testing (DEXA)
  • STD screening and treatment
  • Uterine Fibroids and Ovarian Cysts
  • In office ultrasound and ultrasonographer
  • Menopause treatment:  hormone replacement therapy
  • Laparoscopic Hysterectomy
  • DaVinci Robotic Hysterectomy

Gynecologic Surgery

Urogynecology

Women have unique health care needs.  Women can also have unique health care problems that can be embarrassing and affect one’s quality of life.  Urinary incontinence, bladder problems, pelvic or bladder pain, pelvic muscle and support problems are some of the many issues that women may encounter.  Services offered include:

  • Evaluation and treatment of urinary incontinence
  • Treatment for overactive bladder
  • Interstitial cystitis testing
  • Physical therapy referral and biofeedback training to help strengthen pelvic floor muscles
  • In-office urodynamic testing

Urodynamics is a series of tests designed to thoroughly evaluate bladder and urethral function.  In order to understand every detail of your bladder problem, these tests record very precise scientific data on your bladder’s ability to store and empty urine.  These studies are conducted to evaluate leaking urine, difficulty emptying the bladder, frequent urination, recurrent infections, blood in the urine and loss of bladder support.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Our Licensed Clinical Social Worker enhances the services at ACH Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists by providing a comprehensive assessment of needs and connecting our patients to necessary community resources such as housing, education, employment, financial, social services, dental and medical services. Our Social Worker works with women in need of case management and/or therapy services in order to maintain a healthy pregnancy and healthy first year of baby’s life.

Other counseling services include:

  • Smoking cessation
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress and change of life concerns

Areas of practice include Cognitive Behavioral, Solution Focused and Strategic therapy.

Meet our All Children's Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists

Jeffrey K. Carlson, M.D.
Medical Director

 

Dr. Carlson is Director of the Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology for All Children’s Specialty Physicians. He has practiced in St. Petersburg since 1985 and was the founding partner of OB/GYN Associates (which became All Children’s Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists in 2009), delivering an estimated 4,000 babies over the years. A graduate of the University of South Florida College of Medicine, Dr. Carlson completed his post-graduate training at the State University of New York-Buffalo and the USF-affiliated obstetrics and gynecology residency program at Bayfront Medical Center.

Dr. Carlson is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He practices gynecology and gynecologic surgery and has a limited obstetrics practice. His special interests include urogynecology, menopause and osteoporosis management, fetal umbilical stem cell banking, and clinical indications for stem cell therapy. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Florida Perinatal Association. Since 2001, Dr. Carlson has been recognized by his peers as one of the region’s “Best Doctors.” He is available to see new and continuing patients at both office locations and for inpatient consultations at All Children’s Hospital, Bayfront Medical Center and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Beth Benson, M.D.

 

Dr. Benson and Dr. Jeffrey Carlson have been partners since 1988, when they were full-time faculty members with the OB/GYN residency program at Bayfront Medical Center. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois School of Medicine and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Illinois Medical Center, Chicago. Since 2001, Dr. Benson has been selected by area physicians for recognition as one of the “Best Doctors.”

Dr. Benson is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. A longtime member of the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, Dr. Benson has special expertise in this area. Other clinical interests include menopause management, contraceptive alternatives, including Essure and Implanon, and osteoporosis evaluation, with certification as a Clinical Bone Densitometrist.

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Sheila Devanesan, M.D.

 

Dr. Devanesan has practiced in the St. Petersburg area for 10 years and has been active in graduate medical education training at local hospitals. A graduate of the University of South Florida College of Medicine and its residency program in obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Devanesan received the Overall Outstanding Teaching Resident Award for 2000. She joined OB/GYN Associates (now All Children’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists) in 2001.

Dr. Devanesan is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She also is an active member of the American Medical Association and the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. Her areas of special interest include minimally invasive surgery (including DaVinci robotic procedures), urogynecology and adolescent gynecology.

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Suzanne T. Icely, M.D.

 

Dr. Suzanne Icely has practiced in the St. Petersburg area since 1998 and has been part of the adolescent gynecology program at All Children’s Hospital since 2006. She is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine, where she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Dr. Icely completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of South Florida College, where she served as chief resident and twice received first-place research awards from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She joined OB/GYN Associates (now All Children’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists) in 1998.

Dr. Icely is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her special interests include adolescent and general gynecology, low- and high-risk obstetrics, menopause management, vaginal-route surgery and vulvar dermatology.

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Laura Politz, M.D.

Dr. Politz received her medical degree from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of South Florida College of Medicine where she served as chief resident. She joined OB/GYN Associates (now All Children's Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists) in 2007.

Dr. Politz is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has a special interest in office gynecology, including adolescent health, preventative health and menopausal management. Dr. Politz currently limits her practice to gynecology.

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C. Megan Tirone, M.D.

 

Dr. Tirone has practiced obstetrics and gynecology for 10 years and joined OB/GYN Associates (now All Children’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists) in 2007. A graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine, Dr. Tirone completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Texas-Houston and Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

Dr. Tirone is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is a member of the North American Society of Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology. Her areas of clinical interest include all aspects of obstetrics, minimally invasive surgery (including DaVinci robotic surgery), and pediatric and adolescent gynecology.

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Amy Johnson, MSN, CNM, ARNP

 

Ms. Johnson received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Florida.  She was a labor and delivery nurse and staff educator for 10 years before becoming a certified nurse midwife. She joined OB/GYN Associates (now All Children’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists) in 1999. Her special interests within the field of midwifery include healthcare for the teenage patient, breastfeeding support, and contraceptive education. She is certified by the American College of Nurse Midwives.

Cathi Bedy, MSW, LCSW (Master's in Social Work, Licensed Clinical Social Worker)

 

Cathi graduated with her master's from the University of South Florida in 2000 and works with individuals, couples, and families.  She joined All Children's OBGYN in 2008 and works with women in need of case management and/or therapy services in order to maintain a healthy pregnancy and healthy first year of baby's life.  Also, Cathi  works with women suffering from depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress, change of life concerns, substance abuse and family conflict. Areas of practice include Cognitive Behavioral, Solution Focused and Strategic therapy. 

Cathi enjoys running, swimming and spending time with family and friends. Cathi has a one daughter, Melissa, in Tampa working in biotech research and a 17 year old son, Robert that is interested in becoming a mechanic and looking forward to graduating high school and starting his career.  She was born and raised in Pinellas County and enjoys many friends and family.