About Us

Mission

We are a team of professionals dedicated to providing excellence in quality gastroenterology care and endoscopy expertise and in so doing, serving the needs of our community.

Our Social Responsibility

Gastroenterology Clinic of Acadiana (The Gastro Clinic) is dedicated in providing expert, compassionate care for each and all of our patients. We are committed to promoting gastrointestinal health and wellness through the delivery of excellent clinical care.

  • We pledge to serve patients within our community and surrounding areas by referring patients to local physicians and by providing patient/emergent gastroenterology services.
  • We will commit to a culture of individualized patient care by specialty trained, board certified physicians and highly qualified and experienced staff who utilize the region’s most advanced equipment and procedures with a comprehensive approach to diagnose and treat gastrointestinal diseases.
  • We will endeavor to work together in an efficient and seamless manner, bridging divisions and disciplines, and continuously adapting to the changing health care environment.
  • We will provide a workplace of positive regard, mutual respect and open communication that empowers our employees to develop and excel, and enable them to achieve outstanding performance.

Testimonials

“I just wanted to take a minute to let you know how thankful we are for your physicians and staff! We are always able to get our “STAT” patients seen within the same day and prompt appointments for our patients with less urgent issues. We have also noticed that we receive follow up correspondence from your office the same day as the appointment! This is unheard of and a huge plus for our staff, allowing them to spend less time on the phone and more time focusing on patient care. The collaborative effort between our clinics has proven to be a huge satisfier and produced positive outcomes for our patients!”
– Assistant Manager, Local Care Clinic

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“Dr. Abshire is a lifesaver! He’s my guardian angel. He is very thorough. If he doesn’t know something, he is not afraid to tell you. Then he will research it till he does. I’ve been cancer free for 18 years because of Dr. Abshire. I sure do hope he outlives me because I know I can trust him with my life.”
– Janet

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“Dr. Trawick is awesome. He gives me the comfort that he really understands me. As a matter of fact, his nurse just called me to check on me and I don’t go back for another 3 weeks. That says a lot about the man and the staff at The Gastro Clinic.”
– W.L.

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“I am so grateful to Dr. Abshire and Mrs. Miedecke to saving my life! The staff at The Gastro Clinic is always so kind and courteous! This clinic is by far the BEST! I would highly recommend this gastro clinic to anyone! May god bless all of you for making sure all of your patients have the best care possible!”
– S.D.

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“I have been Dr. Abshire’s patient for about 13 years. I had asked around to healthcare professionals who was the best GI in our area, and many of them mentioned Dr. Abshire’s name. I decided to make an appointment to see him. And the rest, as they say is “history.” Dr. Abshire and his staff are always working to get the answers needed to keep me doing well. This kind of care cannot be found and attained easily, except here at Gastro Clinic. Dr. Abshire and his staff helped with all of the issues of my disease. They answered my questions and have always been thorough and a pleasure to work with. I am so grateful and appreciative. Thank you, Dr. Abshire.”
– G.D.

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“I recently sought the medical expertise of Sylvia Oats, nurse practitioner for Dr. Stephen Abshire for symptoms I was experiencing. Sylvia has a very warm and welcoming personality and a wonderful bedside manner. She was extremely professional and attentive, while discussing all of the details of my medical history, symptoms and concerns. After a thorough examination, she authorized the prescriptions needed at the time and ordered the necessary tests promptly. I was extremely impressed with her medical expertise and her attention to every detail. She is a great diagnostician herself! I know that anyone who encountered medical health care from Sylvia Oats would readily share the same sentiments.”
– M.R.

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“I’ve been seeing Dr. Arterburn for roughly 12 years since being diagnosed with Crohn’s. His knowledge and bedside manners are second to none. Dr. Arterburn and staff respond to my questions and concerns with sincerity as if I was family. I would never consider changing gastroenterologist as long as Dr. Arterburn, staff, and The Gastro Clinic of Acadiana are around.”
– M.B.

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“In the summer of 2008, I brought my husband to the ER because of some unusual rectal bleeding that came on suddenly and wouldn’t stop. The doctor wasn’t concerned enough to admit him but encouraged us to get a colonoscopy within a week or two following. I called every doctor in Lafayette and no one wanted to see him because of his age—he was only 33 at the time. Finally, I was able to speak with someone at Dr. Abshire’s office. She calmed me down and assured me that he would be seen. Within a week he had his colonoscopy scheduled. This is when we learned he had stage 3 colon cancer. I was in complete shock. Dr. Abshire saved his life. If we would have waited, my husband would not be here today. Cancer does NOT age discriminate. Please get screened before it’s too late.”
– C.E.

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“I met Dr. Karr when my mother had a colonoscopy. I was impressed by his explanation of what to expect. A week later, I started to have some GI issues. I accompanied my mother to her follow-up and spoke with Dr. Karr about my issues. I decided to see my internist who ran some tests that all came back fine. I remembered my discussions with Dr. Karr and requested a colonoscopy. Much to my surprise, he diagnosed me with colon cancer and sent me to a surgeon who wanted me to wait another 2 weeks. Dr. Karr intervened and I had my surgery within 2 days. I am now cancer free. Had it not been for Dr. Karr and his immediate response, the cancer would not have been found in its early stage. I am so grateful to him for REALLY listening to me and taking charge.”
– L. J.

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“I want to thank Dr. Trawick! I am so grateful for choosing you. I was really worried before going. You asked all the right questions. Things I have been having trouble with for a long time. Just made my jaw drop when you asked. When you go to a doctor that treats you like a number, it makes it hard to ask or tell them all the things that need to be said. Having this patient portal is one of the best ways of communicating. It is stressful waiting for a call back or have concerns about things that you are afraid to ask in person. Thank you and your staff for truly easing the stress. It is truly hard to find a doctor that is really about healing. I know that is you! Thank you from the bottom of my Heart! God Bless!”
– L.S.

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“Dr. Abshire, thank you for the fantastic job you, Susan, Sylvia and your incredible staff have been doing for many patients. Your hard work and dedication is really guided by your commitment to excellence and leadership with the utmost care! It’s obvious your team spends a tremendous amount of hours skillfully and tactfully processing patients. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to both servicing and educating the community throughout the past years. I really appreciate all that you and your complete staff have shown and continue to do! Truly remarkable and indeed a blessing from GOD!”
– Markus Lewis

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“My daughter has been seeing Dr. Arterburn for several years. She has Crohn’s’s Disease and has tried numerous medications with little relief. Then a new drug came out in a trial. Dr. Arterburn researched it and got her in the trials, so far, so good. We are very grateful that this new drug is working.”
– Mrs. L

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“My Nurse Practitioner at Dr. Abshire’s office, Cindy Landry, is the best, smartest, most well informed practitioner always with a smile on her face. She makes my day.”
– P.S.

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“My family is so grateful to Dr. Abshire and Dr. Karr! We believe that they saved my father’s life. My father had been bleeding internally for several weeks. We saw several gastro doctors and had several colonoscopies. Neither of these doctors could find anything wrong with him except possible bleeding from diverticulitis. We, at that point, changed to Dr. Abshire’s group and did a third colonoscopy only to find out that my father had colon cancer (discovered only 2 weeks after his 2nd colonoscopy). Thank God for Dr. Abshire and Dr. Karr doing a thorough colonoscopy test to discover the mass in his colon. My father has since had surgery to remove the mass and is on his road to recovery! Needless to say the Gastro Clinic of Acadiana is the leader in their field. I would recommend the group to anyone!”
– P.L.

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“Nexium, Omeprazole, Aciphex, Zegerid – I tried them all. For 15 years, I was dependent on some sort of ‘stomach medicine’ for my frequent heartburn. As an NP, I knew that being on such medications was not good…With some convincing from my wife and trusted friends, I began searching for a Gastroenterologist…After reading about the Gastro Clinic and the Lafayette General Endoscopy Center, I decided that this was the right choice. My first visit at the Clinic was great. Dr. Karr didn’t use medical jargon, but rather spoke to me as a person and not a patient – he never looked at the computer while I was in the room! He educated me and spent time with me to talk about options…I would recommend the Gastro Clinic and Dr. Karr to anyone; in fact, I have recommended him to a few of my own patients!”
– Wayne Bertrand, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

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“I appreciate all the help and assistance you and your office have given me. Your office is # 1 in my book. I tell my friends I have a wonderful Doctor with Dr. Trawick and all of his staff is terrific. I am lucky to have such wonderful care.”
– P.B.

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