What kind of shop did you contact? Would the shop have been able to press out the bearing the same way with the axle intact?That may work, can only relay from my experience the bearing / carrier were badly rust-locked here, no amount of (human) or light-to-moderate mechanical force was getting the bearing out. Spent days (literally) "pushing, pulling, shoving, and cussing" at it, to no avail. Local shop owner kindly pressed out the (cut) bearing & axle piece w/ a 40 ton press in about 5 minutes. (Still shaking my head at the amount of time/effort I had "invested" in trying to remove myself here, sigh.) ... I did move the bearing about 1/4" out of the carrier - before conceding total defeat, LOL.
Best I can offer is HEAT is your friend, the hotter the better: getting that outer bearing carrier nice and hot .. a lot's o' PB Blaster ... will help to get the rust-bond broken.
I was curious if anyone has any experience freeing a passenger side half axle that is frozen in the carrier bearing. I have used PB Blaster and a little heat and it has only moved a smidge using pry bars and tapping on the bearing itself with a hammer and punch.