At GastroArkansas, our patient-centered approach to medicine means that, above all, your health and well-being will always be our top concern. We are a physician-led network of providers that want nothing more than to help every member of your family reach their optimal gastrointestinal health so you can live each day with the greatest quality of life possible. When you visit our GI specialists in Little Rock, AR, you can rest assured that you are in good hands with professionals who are both knowledgeable and caring. To see real experiences from past and present patients who have been in your position, browse through the reviews below. Once you have finished reading through some of the reviews, reach out to us and let us know how we can help improve your GI health.
"Had my first procedure done today there . Been having upper abdominal pain and swelling , they told me they were gonna do an oral scope to check my gallbladder . The people were super nice and made everything very relaxing and did a great job explaining . But when I woke up from the scope they told me they did check my gallbladder or liver ? He went down to esophagus that meets my stomach . And I’m still having pain , still not sure if I will have to go back or not ."
"Dr. Meziere has been my gastrointestinal doctor for 14 years. He treats me for Crohn's disease. I have always found him to be very knowledgeable about this disorder, and he will do everything possible to resolve my symptoms. Most important to me...he listens!"
"My experience with Dr Gibbs was very good I was very impressed with her knowledge of the problem I was having with my stomach. She is a good listener and very concerned about her patience. Sincerely Miss Jones"
"Dr. Backstedt is an amazing doctor. He goes above and beyond to make sure he covers all bases. He works along with all of your doctors to ensure that their all on the same page, in order to provide you with the best Healthcare experience. He has the best bed side manner which is very rare nowadays. If you want/need answers He will stop at nothing to get to the bottom of it...I even received calls on the weekend about his concerns."
"Dr Tom Mezzire has been mine and my husband GI physician for 15 years. He has always been very professional with a kind and warm bedside manner, listens to us throughly explains procedures and findings and does not leave the exam room until all our questions are answered.Recenty my husband was told when he called to the office to make an appointment Dr Mezzire had retired and scheduled him with another doctor in the clinic. I was panicked! To me it’s equvilent to when a women finds a Gynecologist you are comfortable with trust and you hope they will take care of you for a long time! Dr Mezzire is the only GI physicain I have ever seen. I received a phone call the end of August informing me it was time for a 5 year follow up with Dr Mezzire. I mentioned I thought Dr Mezzire had retired. I was so relieved to learned he had not retired and was working two weeks a month! I had an appointment last week with Dr Mezzire and about cried when he walked in the exam room. I was so glad to see him! He is the best! I highly recommend Dr Mezzire for GI care!"
"I had become very desperate to find out why I was having problems with my stomach. I was able to get an appointment with Dr Pennington due to a cancellation. I was so excited to finally get in to a Gastroenterologist! Dr Pennington started with the less invasive test and proceeded to do other test to find a solution to my issues! I am very thankful to him!"
"Dr. Meziere is the best. If you have a problem, he listens to you and makes sure to get all the data he needs to know what’s going on, so he can treat it if needed. He’s a nice guy, a real professional, and he knows gastroenterology. I trust him implicitly."
"Drove almost an hour to where Dr. Meziere’s office USED to be in NLR. After getting back in my car, I called to ask if he would still see me in LR. He told me to “come on.” By the time I got there I was 45 minutes late for my scheduled appointment. Thankfully they worked me on in. Dr. Meziere is a straight forward, ‘tell it like it is’ doctor, but with a caring approach and pleasant manner. He’s always been an A+ in my book!"
"Dr. Meziere is a great doctor. He has always given us plenty of time and answered all our questions and explained everything to us where we could understand it. My husband and I think the world of him."
"Dr. Meziere is one of the best doctors you will ever meet. He is kind, understanding, and attentive. My mom had multiple issues and he took the time to review her extensive records to insure he provided the best care. You will not regret choosing Dr. Meziere!"
"I was a new patient with Dr. Wardlaw! First, I've been to GastroAR and the whole staff is friendly. But my visit with Dr. Wardlaw was amazing; he took the time to listen to my symptoms and concerns. Then he explained everything to me, first his positive thoughts and then what he suggests his next steps to be taken. Talking about a doctor with "great bedside manners"...that Dr. Scott Wardlaw!!!"
"I came to Dr. Wardlaw with challenging concerns and he helped me get to the bottom of them. He was polite, professional and took the time to listen and ask questions to better understand the issue. I greatly appreciate his help."
"I was referred to Dr. Wardlaw by my primary care doctor. They thought since I had been on Omeprazole for a couple of years I needed to see a specialist and have an Upper GI. However, I was pleasantly surprised that after I discussed my symptoms and told him the medicine was helping me, he said it wasn’t necessary. Dr. Wardlaw seemed very knowledgeable and I will see him in the future if anything changes."
"Dr. Meziere listens well. Talks to me about what tests he’s ordering and why. He also takes time to listen to my questions about why he is ordering a test if I don’t understand. I have been to him several times over the last 20 years. I have referred several friends to him."
"After explaining to the nurse practitioner all my symptoms she stated that she thought it was my heart and not my stomach. Had several tests yesterday at Conway Regional and tests confirmed it actually is my stomach. Waiting on appointment with cardiology so that they will clear me for upper GI next."
"I have utilized Dr. Meziere for the last 26 years for my gastroenterologist in Little Rock, Arkansas. I trust him tremendously with my life. He is so talented as a physician and explains everything in such a calm manner. I feel so relaxed knowing he is performing either an EGD or colonoscopy on my body. In addition, his team are the best. Getting my IV in since I’m quiet a hard stick but they get it every time. The billing team and entire staff are all so professional to me and my husband, Robert. I feel privileged to have Dr. Tom Meziere as my physician for all these years. I panicked this year when I heard he’s going to retire. I don’t know what I’d do without him as my gastroenterologist. I love him as a personal friend and physician😍."
"After seeing another gastrointestinal doctor for over a year with no solution and no help, I saw Dr. Backstedt and not only did he listen, he was quick to order necessary tests and diagnose my problem. Dr. Backstedt has me on the necessary medication to help with my issues and I would highly recommend him to anyone who is suffering from stomach and intestinal issues!"
"Dr Meziere is very competent . He is a very caring doctor, and is interested in your health. He worked me in on a days notice, to check for stomach issues. A solid first choice for stomach and colon care! Great office staff"
"Dr. Backstedt, is an amazing doctor. He definitely takes the time to listen and understand his patients and gets down to the bottom of fulfilling all your Gastro healthcare needs. A well trusted Gastro Doctor. Don’t pass him up, he really cares and knows his work. My stomach difficulties got better and I feel better thanks to Dr. Backstedt."
"I highly recommend Dr Robertson for any Gastro needs. He is very thorough in investigating any and all symptoms I have been dealing with and after many tests and exams he narrowed it down for a treatment that had worked. I couldn't be happier. Outstanding care. Thank you Dr Robertson for all you do."
"Dr. Johnson does not kid around - he looks at every possible symptom and will tests for all correlating diagnoses. He will ask you a lot of questions and go over every single med you put in your body and why- that is thoroughness! Yes he is busy, yes it can take some time to get into see him, but that’s because he knows what in the hell he’s doing. He will rule out all possible problems and order all specific tests related to your situation. I will not go anywhere else because at the end of the day I know I’m with the best. 👍🏻"
"Dr. Johnson has taken care of my stomach issues for 10 years. He's very understanding and easy to talk with. He is highly knowledgeable in the gastro discipline. He also shows great concern for my general health. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND Dr. Johnson to anyone that is having any gastro concerns!"
"Dr. Heath has been a family friend for years. I recently decided to begin seeing him. He has great bedside manners, willing to get to the bottom of your GI issues. Also will help get your health on a great track. His nurse Debra is just as wonderful as Dr Heath is. She has been my go to the past month. Happy to answer any question. And help in any way. I will say call today to make an appointment. I waited 3-4 months for an appointment."
"Dr. Tom Meziere, is one of the best doctors in the world. He is very professional, honest, kind and he listen to every word you say, he don't rush you to stop talking and he comment and give you answer to all your concerns. And you can tell he's not a money making Dr. He is generally concern about his patients health, that's really hard to find in a doctor. If I could find a PCP like him, I would already be living in heaven. Thumbs up to his staff and him. I really do love Dr. Meziere he is the best."
"Thank you Dr,Tom It has really Great having you as my Gastro Dr..over the year's known that you will no longer be my Doctor makes my sad..but I know that all things must come to an end..thanks again and may you Enjoy your Retirement..Judy Scott"
"Dr. Meziere listened carefully to my symptoms and explained my condition and eased my concerns. He explained the course of action I should take. My symptoms have improved some what. I will continue taking the benefiter and take the miralax as needed."
"Dr. Jaymie H. Pennington is one of the Top Medical Doctors in the World. His bedside manner is amazing. He is kind, intelligent, understanding, professional, thorough and extremely thoughtful. Dr. Pennington takes his time with his patients and his servant attitude is undeniable. I would highly recommend Dr. Pennington to anyone who’s interested in a Physician with a “personal touch.” He is by far one is my favorite Physicians. If you’re looking for great customer service contact GastroArkansas and ask for Dr. Pennington."
"Dr Tom. I truly appreciate all that you have done to help me over the years as we as all the time you have spent fighting with my insurance to see that I get my medication. I truly hope that the next Dr that takes me as a patient is half as good a GI Dr as you and cares for their patients as much as you. Enjoy your retirement. God Bless. Melinda Bear"
"Dr. Morrison and her staff are top notch! For years I struggled with IBS symptoms, tried multiple medications, after some testing she recommended a medication that has allowed me to return to a regular lifestyle, travel, etc!!"
"Seen Dr. Heath in the past and found him to be a good doctor, however my insurance changed to 100% coverage from worker’s compensation for life. Dr. Heath’s office will not consider taking my insurance now , so I’m out of luck and must find another doctor while having stomach issues."
"I first met Dr Johnson around April 2018. I had been a previous IV user and had contracted Hepatitis C. I had been to several doctors just trying to be treated because at 24 years old I found out not only did I have this terminal illness it had enough time to progress to the stage of border line cirrhotic and I stayed sick, exhausted, and helpless. From the first time he sat and just talked to me about everything he genuinely cared enough to go above and beyond for my treatment because insurance denied my treatment. I literally started losing hope but Everytime I saw Dr Johnson he lifted my spirits by assuring me we would get this treatment and I'd be cured no matter what it took. Here I am 25 years old on January 28th 2019 cured, happy, and healthy and for that, I will NEVER forget how a truly compassionate Dr and his staff saved my life! RN. Kristen Carroll and Dr. Bruce Johnson thank you from the bottom of my heart!"