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.
"The care that my husband received there was excellent and his doctor is the absolute best. Dr Kakahati is the most compassionate doctor and is very good at explaining to his patients any information on their procedure."
"I really enjoyed the staff of Dr. Angela K. .Nutt they made me comfortable. with great professionalism. Heather, Grace ,Amber and the other lady with the short hairstyle were so kind. May Continue to bless and prosper each of you. Dr. Angela K. Nutt is a gift from Heaven. Ms. Abby Miller"
"Not sure why my daughter s name is in where I am Wynona Davis. He’s an Excellent doctor. He didn’t give up on me when my Crohn’s was out of control. He kept until he found something that worked. Been with him for years and will not change. Fantastic human being very personable and down to earth"
"I did not have to wait long. The intern asked a series of questions to try to help find the possibilities and to determine a course of diagnostics and treatment. The were kind and courteous. No issues at all."
"Dr. Pennington was a delight. He explained carefully to my husband and me what the tests showed and all our options. He checked out my husband carefully and listened and and answered questions!! Dr Penningtongets a ten and a gold star❣️❣️❣️"
"My visit was very fast but at the same time the doctor took his time to hear me and took his notes. They give me the next appointment very quick and at the same day of the procedure they were very respectful and nice."
"Everyone was so courteous and friendly! Though I was nervous and anxious about the procedure, by the time I was about to be given medication to put me to sleep, I was very calm and relaxed. My prep nurse was a jewel! Tiffany, James, Valentina & Doctor Gibbs, took excellent care of me! Thank you all for an excellent experience at GastroArkansas."
"The staff is very friendly. My wait time is always minimal and I am seen on time. A lab is on site if lab work is needed. The office is equipped to do many outpatient type procedures on site. Dr Backstedt is a great physician. He has a wonderful bedside manner. He follows up with me and several times has called me personally regarding my lab work, updates, etc. He is very thorough and listens to me. I have never felt like my appointment was rushed. I feel I am receiving the very best care. I would highly recommend Dr. Backstedt and his office to anyone who is looking for a great gastroenterology specialist."
"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!"
"Absolutely loved Dr. Kakati!!! He was very thorough and explained everything in great detail and didn't mind me asking all of my questions! I didn't feel rushed at all and I felt like I mattered to him. His nurse was amazing as well!! I feel very confident in my scopes that we scheduled and feel like if there is anything that comes up between now and then, he and his staff would take care of any issues. Thank you for listening Dr. Kakati!!"
"I had the absolute best experience. I had been sick with colitis for a week, so I was feeling hopeless by the time I went in. Matt Taylor was amazing. He explained everything thoroughly to me and eased my mind on my condition and recovery time. He made me feel comfortable and took his time, not rushing through the appointment."
"I have been with Dr. Davis for many years. He and his staff have been very professional. He listens and understands medical issues, which he always finds a remedy. He is kind, personable and I highly recommend Dr. Davis!"
"I am the former former Director of Admissions and Recruitment at the UAMS College of Medicine, now owner of Premed Coach. My daughter is an MD. I know a good doc when I experience one. Dr. Morrison is knowledgeable, invested in her patients, she knows how to ask the right questions, totally sincere, and personable. Invests in her patients to the max. I wouldn't go elsewhere!"
"I have been going to Dr. Morrison for for around 20 years. She has always been very professional when meeting with me and explaining procedures and results. She also listens and shows concern for my continued care. Thanks Dr. Morrison."
"The office staff was very efficient and Dr. Wardlaw was knowledgeable and professional. He asked several questions to be sure he understood our concerns and medical issues. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"I have Crohn's and he is the first in years I've seen he is truly amazing answering all my questions all my concerns running the proper test to get me back in remission or see what my problem is that is going on Dr Scott is amazing I've never met a doctor or GI doctor that just simply was patient with me listen to my concerns and made sure we're heading in the right direction you won't make any mistake choosing him as a GI doctor for all your needs fully have faith that he will get me back in remission"
"Dr. Heath was so caring and understanding of my issues and went over everything in detail. Staff and all of his nurses were all top notch and super nice! Procedure was smooth with no issues. I highly recommend Dr. Heath!"
"I used Dr. Heath several years ago, but haven’t had to see anyone since. I was called by His office staff and scheduled an appointment. When I arrived I was told I canceled it. I knew I didn’t and then was told the referral Drs. Office called and told me the lady’s name who canceled My appointment and told me to contact them, so I did. They were totally shocked and said they never canceled the appointment. I had to drive a 75 mile round trip and couldn’t get my consultation. I think Dr. Heath is an excellent Dr and wanted to use Him, except that one staff member wasn’t apologetic at all and was not friendly to me, but the receptionist was apologetic. Update on My review; Amber from Dr. Heath’s office called Me this morning, and apologized and made it right with Me on this incident. I appreciate this and will have to say it made Me feel good about this Practice and the ones that went out of their way to contact Me. Thank You and for that I think they deserve a 5 star review. Update: I had my EGD/Colonoscopy today, I had a great experience with the staff and Dr. Heath. It went great and I didn’t feel drowsy or sick afterwards, the staff made me feel very comfortable and treated Me excellent."
"Dr. Pennington is very personable and professional. Great listener and engages well. Makes you feel like a person, for whom he is genuinely concerned and not just another insurance payment. J. A. Watkins"
"Usually Drs. are rushed and busy and do not take time to really listen to the patient, making assumptions on what is wrong with you before they hardly enter the room. It is not that way with Dr. Kakati. He listens, really listens and takes the time to understand what you say. I believe as a result he gives the best care available anywhere."
"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"
"Had a previous problem where I was coughing blood and they were going to see me quickly. After 3, days, the coughing stopped and they cancelled seeing me. The person I'm serinh there now is very serious and professional, but no friendlieness at all. Strictly business. I had a problem trying to reschedule an appt that was made for me, the person answering the phone spoke good English with a foreign accent but kept asking me to repeat everything that I said, sometimes twice. I got frustrated."
"We really liked Dr. Robertson. He was easy to communicate with and was very caring and understanding. Although he was very young and we are in our golden years, he listened and gave us his undivided attention and made us feel very comfortable and confident that we were in good hands!"
"This was my first appointment with Dr. Pennington. He was kind and welcoming. He listened to me express my concerns dealing with ulcerative colitis. He was informative and gave great options to help control my condition. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a great gastroenterologist."
"Dr. Morrison and her staff were so kind during my entire experience at GastroAR. She made sure I had a clear understanding before leaving, and the nurses went above and beyond to keep their patients comfortable."
"First and foremost, Dr. Nutt listens well. She suggests options without trying to force anything. Very down to earth individual who seems to genuinely care. I trust her guidance and highly recommend her. Folks in her office have been kind, efficient, and responsive."
"My daughter (17) has had chronic nausea and vomiting on and off for three years. Dr. Backstedt is the second GI doctor she has seen. Dr. Backstedt has been phenomenal! My daughter finally has a diagnosis and is now on the road to managing it."
"I had been having abdominal pain for 2 days, but didn’t feel it was urgent enough to go to the emergency room. I called Dr. Kakati’s office and he personally called me back to figure out the best plan of care. He ended up working me into his schedule that day. His staff was personable and efficient. I highly recommend Dr. Kakati and the team at GastroArkansas."
"Thank you for being so polite and kind. i appreciate that. I have never had a Doctor to spend time to visit and make me feel comfortable the way you did. You made me feel at home..... i thank you so much for taking the time with. Me. God bless you... have a blessed day..Thank's again Ruby shier"
"Dr. Matt Taylor has been very kind and caring and has done his best to help me to resolve my problem with any ongoing case of diarrhea. Currently we are trying some new medication to see if it will stop it and it seems to be working. I am very grateful. I do need to let Dr. Matt know that stopping one of the Nexium capsules and only taking one instead of two and trying to use the Tums in its place at night is not working for me. I am having a great deal of discomfort and sleeplessness at night due to it. They diarrhea has stopped. I feel that I needed to go back on my Nexium two capsules a day. I wanted to tell you first."
"I have used Dr Nutt for many years and am always impressed with her and all of her staff. She always takes lots of time with me and explains everything. She is one of my favorite doctors and I don’t even like doctors! Everyone who works there is very friendly and helpful. I couldn’t ask for a better medical experience."
"Everyone was very nice. They were prompt, very nice, listened to you and were concerned about things and were quick to find out what’s going on. I would recommend you to anyone. Thanks for all you do."
"Dr. Jaymie Pennington is an awesome physician and very professional as well as his staff. After my procedure he explained everything to me and he seems to genuinely care about my health. Nurses and staff are always pleasant and I would recommend him for all your gastro intestinal needs."
"I have been a patient of Dr. Morrison for over 15 years. I have recommended, and continue to recommend Dr. Morrison to family and friends who are seeking a Gastroenterologist. Dr. Morrison has provided excellent care to me over this time. She listens to my concerns and responds in a timely manner."
"Dr Johnson actually listened to me. Means a lot in this day and age of “hurriedness” and “rush”. I believe that he will fix the problem I saw another doctor for earlier this year who told me only to “eat smaller bites and make sure to chew your food better”. When I’ve had the same problem before and told them what I needed and they didn’t listen to me. Thank you Dr Johnson!"
"Dr Nutt is a dr who really cares about her patients!!! Ever since both of us hav started seeing Dr Nutt over 10 yrs ago. We recommend & try 2 persuade everyone we know 2 use her. If it hadn't been for Dr Nutts concern & the Lord we would not hav been alive 2day!!! We could never say enough good things bout her!!! She is very caring & we love her Johnnie & Joyce Hopgood"
"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. Nutt I have had the experience of being a patient for many years. Dr. Nutt Always takes time to ask relevant questions that relate to your visit and your past history. Dr. Nutt has long been a valued physician to myself and my family..Dr Nutt thank you."
"Dr. Gibbs was a fellow at my previous medical facility and I have followed her as she has jumped through all the hoops and is now a provider in a private practice. She is very conscientious and attends to every detail of my health. I feel that her training was excellent and I look forward to continuing to work with her in the future."
"WOWZER!!!! So happy I chose GastroArkansas and Dr. Heath. They run a tight ship! Clean front office, bathrooms and operatories. Once I got done signing in, it wasn't 10 minutes and I was called back for my procedure. The staff had a warm blanket and gown for me. WOW! Everyone was so friendly and nice. They don't just leave you in a room for hours! There was a TV and it was a comfy space. Dr. Heath was just as fabulous and his entire staff. Front office to back. I have been in healthcare for over 30 years and they knocked my socks off! A. Reasoner"
"My patient experience with Dr. Kakati these past 4 years has been a very positive one. He is knowledgeable, friendly, and easy to talk with. As someone who works in the healthcare field, I can confidently say he is a great overall GI provider. The office staff are also super friendly and easily reached. I personally recommend Gastro AR, particularly Dr. Kakati, to anyone looking for a GI provider in central AR."
"The office staff and nurses were very nice. The place is very clean and I didn't have a super long wait. Dr.Backstedt was nice, but he did speak very fast and I felt very rushed through my appointment. A few times I had to ask him to repeat himself because he was speaking so fast. Granted, it was a Friday afternoon, so I am sure he was ready for the weekend. But it would have been nice if he had slowed down and taken his time. He did seem very knowledgeable though!"
"They seem to be sincere of their job. Doesn't matter how often I call or how often I'm in they do what they can to help the client they have. Very nice and friendly even though I bust their balls they do what they can at no cost to help."
"Dr. Backstedt has been taking excellent care of me since since he confirmed my colon cancer in 2017. He is an excellent doctor who is also kind, caring and wonderfully down to earth. I wouldn't consider anyone else. Susan Maddox"
"I would recommend Dr. Davis to anyone who is interested in a great doctor that cares about their health. I have been very pleased with the care he has given me in the last several years. Dr. Davis has done excellent job with each and every experience. He is also a very kind and friendly physician. He is a wonderful surgeon. It’s rare to find a doctor that combines such personal care for his patients. The staff is really is professional."
"I have always trusted Dr. Johnson with my medical care. Colon cancer is in my family, and he goes above and beyond to see that I am screened properly and well taken care of! Gastro Arkansas and Dr. Johnson are excellent."
"(Translated by Google) Very excellent, a very professional environment, the very kind and affectionate doctor made me feel very comfortable, thank you (Original) Muy excelente un ambiente muy profesional la doctora muy amable y cariñosa me hizo sentir muy a gusto gracias"
"I recently had a visit with Dr. Wardlow and it was amazing. His office staff was so nice and friendly. He made me feel heard. He listened to all my concerns and ask important questions. He had amazing bedside manner. We also came up with a plan together. He made me feel in control of my healthcare and the path moving forward and explained anything that was unclear. I would definitely recommend."
"Dr. Craig Davis with GastroArkansas is one of the nicest doctors I’ve ever met. He listens to your problems, actually HEARS them and tries his best to find a solution. He is very personable and I would recommend him to anyone!!! Staff including are all awesome!!"
"I highly recommend this place I saw Dr Heath who was fantastic as well as the nursing staff They made me feel super comfortable The only one who seems out of place there was my procedure receptionist She was unfriendly and just matter of fact Otherwise a 5 star facility"
"I have been a patient of Dr. Johnson for over 10 years and have always had excellent care from him and the staff. I never feel rushed and he takes the time to listen. He personally cares about my health."
"Made an appointment with Dr. Davis when I wasn't happy with my dr at Premier Gastro and he was wonderful. Easy to get in contact with, explains everything, answers any questions I have patiently, and his office staff are very professional and understanding of insurance hiccups. My colonoscopy was fast and efficient. Very important when you're starving."
"I believe what sets Dr. Kakati apart from most is his ability to listen, and a heart for truly wanting to help fix the issue. Dr. Kakati has outstanding bedside manners. Everything about this man screams he is exactly where he's needed most. I highly recommend and respect this doctor for what he is doing. I am extremely thankful, and believe by the grace of God I found him."
"During our pre procedure interview, Dr. Stokes was very clear about how and where everything was to take place. I have experienced Colon Cancer, was operated on and have been having colonoscopies every 3 years to insure the cancer was cleared and no sign of recurrence. Doctor Stokes and the nursing staff present were very kind an understanding. The procedure went through without hitch. Vey professional, pain free, and Dr. Stokes took the time to assure me that all went well."