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 ."
"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."
"I absolutely love Dr. Davis!! I had a procedure done in 2017 and justbhad another procedure done by him a few days ago, and he remember me as his patient! Now that speaks volume, a doctor who really cares about their patients is always an A in my book!"
"To be honest ,I never met a doctor such as Dr.Backstedt ,who is so particular in explaining an issue in a very plain language..He is willing to spend as much time as needed to answer all questions..I have to ad one more aspect being he’s patient..Just recently had a colonoscopy and endoscopy at the same time and it was perfectly performed by dr.Backstedt and after those procedures he again spent at least 30-40 minutes in post surgery room..It’s so rare in today’s day and age.."
"He is such a kind and caring doctor! I feel blessed to have him looking after my son. He is always attentive and answers questions and explains things in a way that makes everything easier to understand."
"Dr. Pennington recommended a reduction of medication after observing my condition for a year. I am doing well since the event, as I was from his care leading up to that point. I am so pleased with his effort and concept of medication use."
"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."
"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!"
"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"
"Everyone in the office is very pleasant to work with. They are also a very caring office. Normally you do not have to wait long to see the doctor. also, you do not have to wait long in the examination room."
"Dr. Backstedt and the entire staff at the Conway clinic made my colonoscopy a pleasant experience, and that's an unusual adjective to describe the process. Seriously, the atmosphere at the clinic was laid-back and peaceful. I was well taken care of with ready smiles and clear explanations of what was going to happen. The anaesthetist did her job well. I had no pain and felt nothing during the procedure. The doctor took time to explain the results and answer questions. I was quite satisfied and will most definitely keep my doctor and use the Conway clinic if the need should arise."
"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."
"My experience with Dr JCraig Davis was great. It was very informative. Very clean place and the staff was very helpful and friendly. He was very helpful to explain my condition and he set my up for a test. I would recommend DR Davis to anyone who has abdominal pain. Thank you for your great care while I was in your office at Gastro Arkansas. I am very satisfied with my results. Great place and great doctor. ❤️❤️❤️❤️"
"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."
"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."
"They notified me that I could get in earlier than my scheduled appointment, which I did take advantage of. I had very little wait time and was seen by the NP in minimum time. She was very friendly and listened to my 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!"
"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."
"Dr. Backstreet, is a caring DR. He always ask how aim doing is there any new system, if there is call him right away. very respectable toward me, I would recommend him to anyone. This is no bull, he's a good Dr."
"Dr. Johnson was very understanding, very polite, very professional. Dr. Johnson's staff is also very polite, & professional from his receptionist at the front door to each one of the nurses, & anesthesiologist I came in contact with. Very Positive Experience today! AAA+++"
"Dr. Backstedt is very knowledgeable and seems very interested in his patients. The facilities are nice. The staff is friendly. The wait was short. My only critiques are appointment dates so far out. And maybe ask a few more questions about the patient. I felt a little rushed. Otherwise, it was a great visit."
"My grandson had this wonderful Doctor take care of him on 8-5-22 and she was great . he is so happy and all he talk about all the way home was how great it is to be able to eat and drink again without throwing up. And over and over how much he like the doctor and all the nurses that took great care of him ,how nice they were and made him feel relaxed . For me I think they all are great. When I see how much it help him it make me happy. So if anyone is having trouble eating and needs to see a Gastro Doctor This one is the best and her staff is wonderful."
"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."
"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 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"
"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."
"Dr. Kakati is a great doctor. He really listens and then after you've said everything, he'll restate what he believes you're saying and then follow up with questions. He treats you like a person, not a textbook or a "similar" patient."
"I saw Matthew Taylor. He was extremely kind, explained everything….very thorough in his questioning and explained about the procedure that he recommends. I am very pleased so far with GastroArkansas."
"Great Doctor and just started going to him after my previous doctor retired. He listened to my issues and I believe he truly cares about his patients. He is helping me with issues that I have persistently had for a long time. Bless his heart for putting up with me! He wears crazy funny socks that his daughter buys him. I can’t wait for our next visit because he has a plan to help me with my issues and I felt really good about him and he cares and that makes all the difference in the world. Thank you Dr Stokes for putting up with this wild flower."
"Dr Johnson has been my Gastroenterologist for 20+ years. He walked me thru HepC treatment back when it took a year to get the “All Clear” He continues to serve his patients in his calm & reassuring bedside manner to this day."
"I recently went for my first appointment with Dr. Davis. I will have a colonoscopy under Dr. Davis’s care. He is professional, down-to-earth, and congenial and he has explained to me about the procedure. His follow-up to have the colonoscopy was timely and thorough. He is a young, energetic and highly skilled doctor who I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone."
"Dr. Kakati is one of the best doctors I have ever had. He throughly listened to my concerns and I felt like he actually cared about my health.I am very thankful for him and his detailed work and I would highly recommend!!"
"Dr.Kakati makes sure you can be tested right before he further your procedures due to being a heart patient, he is very careful about that he check with your Cardiologist first I love that about him."
"Dr. Kakati is a very personable physician; he listens to you regarding your concerns and answer questions no matter how simple they may be. He makes you feel at ease and explain the procedure in laymen’s terms. He radiate a good spirit. In my opinion he’s the best in Little Rock!"
"Dr. Davis always has time to let you ask questions. I started on a new medicine though and he told me nothing about it. I did have some problems with it. His nurse told me something on the phone once that really scared me though. She needs to remember that everyone is different and can have a bad reaction to medicine, even if no one else does."
"I do like Dr. Heath and Dr. Brown, but the office receptionists are not friendly or apt at their jobs. I have to call for my meds that were already supposed to be called unto to the pharmacy, when i leave office never a reschedule or asked about another appointment. I have to say the young receptionist i met at my last appointment was very sweet and professional."
"Dr. Backstedt and his team are very compassionate and knowledgeable! They always make me feel like I’m their only patient and they take their time explaining everything to me and they are very patient with all of my questions. I highly recommend Dr. Backstedt and his caring team."
"Excellent physician, office staff, used for 5 years now. However very frustrating that they now require you to have someone with you for entire procedure. I usually take a cab over and back, most people cannot afford to hire someone. So I canceled this needed procedure. They should not dictate how I choose my health care."
"Friendly employees. Clean office. No waiting. Was called back on time. Dr. Stokes is friendly and knowledgeable. He had good eye contact with me. He explained my upcoming procedure in terms I could plainly understand. I recommend this Conway clinic for anyone looking for an endoscopy clinic."
"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."
"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. Nutt has taken care of for many years!! I’ve had three transplants and she has been amazing taking care of me. Her staff and nurse Amanda is excellent as well. As many problems I have had arose, she took action to find the best possible solution. Even though she is remarkable book smart, she is also so caring! She has called me many times personally to check in on me. I hope I am with her another twenty years because she is the best!!"
"Dr. Nutt has been taking great care of me for at least 20 years. When I was having bad reflux difficulty and losing significant weight, she kept checking up on me and adjusting my meds until the reflux was controlled. She is compassionate and caring and listens. I am very happy with her care and concern for me!"
"Dr.Nutt was amazing. She took the time and listened to my concerns. She has actually fixed the problem I've been having since 2015. I've been to countless doctors and several ER visits. I feel so much better and it's all thanks to her!"
"Dr Deborah Morrison has been my GI physician for over 25 years. During this time I have found her to be professional , caring, an overall excellent knowledgeable doctor who is interested in you and your health. After a regular colonoscopy for my husband she detected a abnormal area that turned out to be rectal cancer. Because of Her concern and direction he has been cancer free for 6 years. I have had other Colin related issues I went thru, with her caring and following up on me I am getting the help and guidance to help me. Gary and I believe in getting your colonoscopy. Thank you Carol Higginbotham"
"Dr. Pennington is a fantastic doctor and his staff are awesome. I feel so very fortunate to have found him. He's every bit as good as my previous Dr. Greenway, he's very thorough. He is one of the few doctors I know who personally calls his patients, this is almost unheard of. I highly recommend Dr. Pennington."
"This Dr is one that I will put my faith in. I have been suffering for some time and too afraid to tell someone. im glad im with this place because they have shown that they actually care about my health. I recommend them to everyone."
"Dr Heath saved my life 23 years ago, when a colonoscopy he performed found cancer, I was 43 at the time. He removed it, and I have been cancer free ever since. I go back every 3 years for a scope, and he has removed polyps on about half of my visits. He has my highest regard as a doctor, and is a nice friendly person that you can talk to. I have never witnessed any of his staff being rude to anyone. They are kind and competent."
"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!"