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Our History

Dr. Pletcher came to Columbus, Indiana in 1990 and worked at Columbus Internal Medicine, with a excellent group of physicians.  Southeastern Indiana Gastrointerology, LLC was started by Dr. Pletcher in 2003 as a subspecialty practice.  SEI Gastro offers confidential care for simple and complex gastrointestinal diseases.  Lora Fathauer, NP, DNP joined the practice in 2002.  Dr. Stephen Stouder practiced part time from 2005 to the spring of 2012.  Dr. Geoffery Raymer joined the practice in June 2010 and has brought energy and expertise from his group practice in Fort Wayne.  

Our Training

We each completed over 1500 procedures in the university setting under supervision before entering into private practice.  We specialize endoscopic procedures to diagnose and treat illness.  We are specialists in the digestive system which includes the esophagus, small bowel, colon, liver and pancreas.   

We are current with the the best methods for colon polyp detection and removal. Detection, monitoring and eradication of Barretts Esophagus is another interest in our practice.  Studies reveal that Gastroenterologists perform higher quality colonoscopy examinations when compared to other physicians resulting in earlier detection of polyps and cancer and fewer complications.  Care by gastroenterologists result in fewer days in the hospital for a number of gastrointestinal conditions. 

Our GI Nurse Practitioner 

Lora specializes in the management of most common gastrointestinal illnesses, ulcers, trouble swallowing, prevention of colon cancer and inflammatory bowel disease. She has subspecialized in treatment of certain liver diseases.  She received her masters and then completed her doctorate in nursing in 2012.  She has been a teaching staff at IU Medical Center.

Lora established a dedicated liver clinic within Southeastern Indiana Gastroenterology for the treatment of Hepatitis B and C.  For more details look about Lora go to "Our Team" and for information about the Liver Clinic check out "Our Services".

We have treated over 100 patients with Hepatitis C.  The latest therapies now allow us to eliminate Hepatitis C completely with cure rates as high as 80%.