Dr. Laura Balmain, MD

Dr. Laura Balmain, MD

Gastroenterology  |  
Female  |  
Age 54
(14)
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Dr. Laura Balmain, MD is a gastroenterology doctor who practices in Texarkana, TX. She is 54 years old and has been practicing for 26 years. Read her story

1920 Moores Ln Ste A

Texarkana, TX 75503

Contact Information

(903) 792-8030

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care of Tennessee
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan

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Constipation
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more than 99% of peers
Gas-Bloat Syndrome
very high
more than 99% of peers
Abdominal Pain
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Dr. Balmain's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Balmain "Dr. Laura Balmain is a native of the Texarkana area, living her early years in Hooks, Texas, just west of Texarkana. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University with honors in Biomedical Science. She received her medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. She then completed her internship and residency at The University of Alabama at Birmingham in Internal Medicine. She was chosen to serve as a Chief Medical Resident and staff physician at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. She went on to complete her gastroenterology fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. She practiced gastroenterology for 5 ½ years in northeast Tennessee, then moved "home" to raise her family, joining Texarkana Gastroenterology Consultants in 2002. Dr. Balmain practices all areas of gastroenterology and hepatology. She views her medical practice as a ministry and thus strives to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of her patients. Her devotion to caring for the needs of her patients keeps her motivated to staying abreast of new and innovative treatment options. She is loved by her patients and was voted Best Doctor 2016 by Texarkana Gazette Reader's Choice. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Hospice of Texarkana. Dr. Balmain passionately enjoys spending time with her son Joseph. She has traveled worldwide, doing medical work in Africa, Australia, and Holland. She now enjoys raising cattle on her ranch, gardening, and Bible study. She is very active in her church, serving as Sunday School teacher and choir member. She also devotes a portion of her time to a variety of other ministries including the Northeast Texas Emmaus Community."

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Specialties

  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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Board Certifications

  • Gastroenterology
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*
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Conditions Treated

  • Abdominal Disorders
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Anal or Rectal Pain
  • Anemia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Benign Neoplasm of the Digestive System
  • Benign Tumor
  • Biliary Atresia
  • Blood Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Celiac Disease
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Cholelithiasis
  • Cirrhosis
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Dehydration
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Diarrhea
  • Diverticulitis, Intestinal
  • Diverticulosis, Intestinal
  • Duodenal Ulcer
  • Duodenitis
  • Dysentery
  • Dysphagia
  • Enteritis
  • Esophageal Achalasia and Cardiospasm
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophageal Diverticulum
  • Esophageal Ulcer
  • Esophageal Varices
  • Esophagitis
  • Gas-Bloat Syndrome
  • Gastric Ulcer
  • Gastritis
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Gastrointestinal Malabsorption
  • Gastroparesis
  • Heartburn
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B - Immune Response
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hernia
  • Ileus
  • Indigestion
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Intestinal Ischemia
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Liver Damage from Alcohol
  • Malnutrition
  • Megacolon
  • Mesenteric Lymphadenitis
  • Nausea
  • Neoplasm of Gastrointestinal Tract
  • Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
  • Noninfectious Gastroenteritis and Colitis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Peptic Ulcer
  • Pouchitis
  • Pyloric Stenosis
  • Reflux Esophagitis
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Stomach Diseases
  • Stomach and Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stomal Ulcer
  • Ulcer
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Unexplained Weight Loss
  • Viral Hepatitis
  • Vomiting Disorders

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Procedures

  • Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, and Sigmoidoscopy
  • Endoscopy (Esophagus, Stomach, Small Intestine)
  • Gastroenterology Procedures
  • Liver Biopsy
  • Manometry

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Texas.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • Texas A&M University / Main Campus
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1985
  • University Of Texas Southwestern Medical Center At Dallas
    Medical School | Graduated 1991
  • University Ala School Med Hosps
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1992
  • University Ala School Med Hosps
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1994
  • Vanderbilt University Med Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Balmain has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Balmain's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Balmain to family and friends
5.0
based on 14 total reviews (4 with comments)
Dr. Balmain's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well
    EXCELLENT
  • Answers Questions
    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent
    EXCELLENT
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (4)
Greenbrier, AR |
Absolutely perfect!!! Five star Doctor, also the nurse practitioner!
in Texarkana, Ar |
Dr. Balmain already knew all about my case before she ever entered the room so I felt like she had done her"homework". She was extremely knowledgeable about my condition and offered well thought out solutions which seem to be working so far.
in ATLANTA, TX |
I had a screening colonoscopy which I was a tad nervous about. Dr. Balmain came into the pre-op area and spoke with me leaving me reassured that I was in excellent hands. I had it done next door at the Endoscopy Center of Texarkana which was in my opinion, the only way to go. I had spent hours with my Husband as an OP at the local hospital, and mine was so much better. I was in and out within an hour. I highly recommend Dr. Balmain and The Endoscopy Center for your Gastroenterology needs.
in Mineral Springs |
Dr. Balmain has excellent bedside manners. She has a calming spirit about herself. She sets the atmosphere of tranquility when she comes in to speak with you. Most important to me is that she is a woman of faith as well as keenly knowledgeable in the field which she practices. I have recommended her to several of my friends, coworkers, family, and just people I meet. Her staff is equally as gracious.
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Dr. Balmain accepts 8 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
    Blue Advantage HMO
    Blue Choice
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • Coventry Health Care of Tennessee
    Coventry Health Care of Tennessee PPO
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO

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Hospitals where Dr. Balmain has admitting privileges

CHRISTUS Saint Michael Health System
2600 Saint Michael Dr
Texarkana, TX 75503
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