Choosing the best Digestive Specialist

With all the surprises life can bring your way, isn’t time too precious to live one more day with a serious digestive disorder?  Problems with the digestive tract can be painful, persistent, and even dangerous.  So discovering the right physician for your digestive needs becomes crucial.

That’s why choosing the board certified gastroenterologists and highly skilled team at Digestive Health Specialists of the Southeast is so important.  Our reputation for excellence is based on decades of combined experience working with digestive disorders.  We take the time to listen to our patients, and understand that they provide important clues that help us discover the best solutions for their problems.

Our outstanding physicians address your digestive concerns with years of proven skill, a large volume of experience and complete dedication to excellence.  With every visit, the team at Digestive Health Specialists of the Southeast ensures prompt treatment and compassionate care.  It is this unsurpassed level of care and expertise in the field of digestive disorders that sets our practice ahead of the rest.

Our goal is simple…provide our patients with the experience, leading edge care and individualized attention they deserve to correct their digestive disorder and live life to the fullest.

It is truly our pleasure to warmly welcome you to Digestive Health Specialists of the Southeast.

How it all began…

In 1985, Dr. D. F. Jackson III opened the doors of Gastroenterology Associates of Dothan at Flowers Hospital.  Operating under a simple philosophy, Dr. Jackson built the specialty practice by not only putting his patient first, but providing the physical and emotional comfort needed throughout the diagnostic and healing process while administering the highest care possible.  In doing so, patients throughout the Wiregrass quickly discovered Gastroenterology Associates of Dothan was a name to trust for their digestive disorders.

It was with that philosophy that eventually brought William D. McLaughlin, M.D., Jeffrey J. Crittenden, M.D., Robert P. Albares, M.D., Samuel J. Tarwater, M.D., Stavros A. Diavolitsis, M.D., and James L. Griffith, M.D. to join efforts with Dr. Jackson in providing the Wiregrass area with a team of caring highly trained specialists in the field of gastroenterology.

By 2001, Gastroenterology Associates of Dothan had tremendously grown and needed to expand their office space to provide a more comfortable atmosphere for their patients.  So, the team decided to build a state of the art office conveniently located to better suit the needs of their patients comfortably.  With much anticipation in July 2002, the practice opened its brand new office at 480 Honeysuckle Road.

Three years later, in 2005, Gastroenterology Associates of Dothan decided to change their name after much consideration, and became Digestive Health Specialists of the Southeast.

Proudly the same simple philosophy now serves patients throughout Southeast Alabama, Southwest Georgia, and the Florida Panhandle allowing many more the opportunity to get their digestive disorders under control.  Most recently, Digestive Health Specialists have added a husband and wife team, gastroenterologist Dr. Travis J. Rutland and clinical pathologist Dr. Beth Miller Rutland.

Serving the Wiregrass region has been a privilege, one that Digestive Health Specialists plans to continue for many years to come.

The importance of choosing the right physician…

Although other physicians can perform similar gastrointestinal procedures and help identify digestive problems, they do not have the same expertise in detection as a Gastroenterologist.

Finding the right physician for your digestive disorder is vital.  Even the most sophisticated diagnostic tools may fail to correctly diagnose a disease or condition.  That is why the physicians of Digestive Health Specialists feel it is so important to trust your health to a team of superbly trained experts that provide lasting relief to hundreds of adults living with digestive problems.

“Studies have shown that Gastroenterologists perform higher quality colonoscopy examination and comprehensive consultation services when compared to other physicians.  This translates into more accurate detection of polyps and cancer by colonoscopy when performed by Gastroenterologists, fewer complications from procedures, and fewer days in the hospital for many gastrointestinal conditions managed by trained gastroenterology specialists.”  from the American College of Gastroenterology

Frequently, Gastroenterologists are called to help diagnosis other physicians’ cases when the analysis is unclear or where specialized diagnostic procedures are necessary.  Gastroenterologists perform procedures such as liver biopsy and endoscopic (“scope”) examinations of the esophagus, stomach, small and large bowel.   Many times the Gastroenterologist works hand in hand with surgeons before and after an operation in helping select the best surgical procedure for a particular patient, and in providing follow-up care relevant to the particular digestive disorder.

Digestive Health Specialists has a reputation for excellence evident through the dedication of finding innovative, effective solutions for your digestive disorders.

Thank you for choosing us to become your healthcare partner!


Digestive Health Specialists of the Southeast

480 Honeysuckle Road
Dothan, AL 36303
Office: 334.836.1212
Fax: 334.836.1888

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Thursday: 8am to 5pm 
Friday: 8am – 11am

Digestive Health Specialists of the Southeast – Enterprise
107 E. Watts Street
Enterprise, AL 363330
Office: 334.489.4244

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Thursday: 8am to 5pm 

Digestive Health Specialists of the Southeast – Enterprise

2126 W. Roy Parker Road, Ste. 202
Ozark, Alabama 36361

Phone: 334.443.0203

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm