About Holly C. Payne, APRN

Holly C. Payne, ARNP-C
Specialties: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery, GynecologyObstetrics - Gynecology
Location: Watson Clinic Highlands
Phone: 863-680-7243

Holly C. Payne, ARNP-C offers a variety of services for patients of J. Brian Hopper, MD and Donald W. Langley, DO from the Watson Clinic Highlands location at 2300 E. County Rd 540A in south Lakeland.

Her areas of expertise include contraception/family planning, menstrual cycle management, menopause, hormone replacement therapy, and all other gynecological issues.

Mrs. Payne received her Master of Science in Nursing degree as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner from Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, Kentucky. She received an additional Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL, where she also earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

She is a member of the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists and Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health. She is certified in Electronic Fetal Monitoring.

1. What aspects of your medical education/training are important for your patients to know?
I think the most important aspect of my education for my patients to know is that I was trained as a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP). While many Nurse Practitioners in my field are trained as Family or Adult Nurse Practitioners, my education was targeted specifically to the female body and the many complex issues we face throughout our lifetime.

2. Why did you decide to go into the medical field? 
Growing up I always said I wanted to be a teacher or a doctor. My mother told me to do both and become a nurse! She tells the story of how I came home from my first day of health science class at George Jenkins and exclaimed "this is what I want to do. I want to be a nurse." I have always found the human body fascinating and during my undergraduate Anatomy course I found myself particularly drawn to the female reproductive system. I became a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner so I could both treat and teach women about the beautiful, and sometimes confusing, female body.

3. What is your philosophy for patient care?
I believe that when I treat a woman, I am treating the family and community that she is a part of. I believe in creating a safe place where women can be open about the complex and often intimate issues they face. I believe in listening to and working with the patient to find the treatment plan that is best for them as an individual.
4. Which accomplishment in your medical career are you most proud of?
When I look back on my nursing career, I am proud to have helped so many women bring their children into the world as a Labor & Delivery nurse. Those were some of the most important days in their lives and I am honored to have been at their side. Looking at the present and future, I am proud that I was able to identify my passion early and have been blessed with the opportunity to practice here at Watson Clinic Highlands with Dr. Langley and Dr. Hopper. They have an amazing practice that I am honored to have been selected to join and I look forward to growing with them.
5. What are some of the treatments or procedures you offer? 
  • Annual Well Woman Exams
  • Same day or next day gynecologic problem visits
  • Contraception/Family planning
  • Long-acting reversible contraception including IUD and Nexplanon insertion
  • Sexually transmitted infection screening and treatment
  • Menstrual cycle management from adolescence to menopause
  • Menopausal management
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Treatment for painful intercourse after menopause.

6. Tell us a little about your upbringing and family life?
I am a proud hometown girl born and raised in the South Lakeland/Mulberry community. I graduated an Eagle from George Jenkins High School and danced for many years at Carol Grayson's School of Dance. My favorite memories of growing up are beach and camping trips with my parents, younger sister and family friends. My husband Kyle and I started dating in high school, attended UCF nursing school together, and returned to Lakeland where we got married in 2010. He is now a Critical Care Nurse Practitioner at Lakeland Regional Health and is and always will be my best friend who encourages and challenges me to be better every day. We have a son, Cooper, who keeps us laughing and saying "No, you'll hurt yourself" and surprises us every time we turn around. 

7. What are some of your hobbies outside of work? 
I enjoy reading, watching BRAVO and Netflix, shopping, and spending weekends with family doing anything in the Florida sunshine. My husband and I follow southern tradition and faithfully cheer on our football team, the UCF Knights, every Saturday during football season.

8. Anything else you would like to share with patients?
When it comes down to it, I am an ordinary woman who is blessed with an extraordinary opportunity to work with women and help them function and feel their best. There is no greater reward than seeing my patients smile at the end of a visit.