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Salem Gastro Reviews

At Salem Gastro we take your care very seriously. We also want you to have a pleasant experience. We do Colonoscopies every day, but we know that you do not and it can be an intimidating process. We appreciate those who take the time to review our service and are proud to have an overwhelming number of very positive reviews for our providers and our clinic.

Screening at 45 (updated guideline)

Colorectal cancer is one of the most common, and most deadly, of cancers. For this reason, colon cancer screening is recommended for everyone over the age of 45. The good news is colon cancer is 90% preventable when detected early, so we’re glad you’re considering a screening. These exams save lives. Preventing this disease is our driving passion at Salem Gastro.

The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy is a reliable source for information regarding Colonoscopy, what we do here and why. Click here for a great page about the benefits of colonoscopy in prevention of colon cancer.

Dr Ponec’s Colon Cancer Screening presentation

TEDEd Colonoscopy Video


Getting Started

Did your primary care physician recommended you for screening? Then you may be eligible for direct colonoscopy scheduling. This allows you to schedule your colonoscopy without the need for an office visit.

Please contact us to schedule an appointment.

Hepatitis C Treatment

Salem Gastro has the only gastroenterologists in the mid-Willamette valley offering treatment for the Hepatitis C virus.

Using the most up-to-date methods and medication, we customize treatment based on your individual needs to increase chances of a cure. Along with your physician, we have a team of care providers to help you every step of the way.

Lab Services

For your convenience, Salem Health has laboratory services for blood draws as well as urine and stool samples in our building on the 4th floor. Results are sent directly to your chart electronically, offering you faster results. Salem Health has several locations (listed below) and can bill most insurance companies directly.


Salem Health
Building A main Floor (new building) 6:30am -5:00pm Mon- Fri

Building C – Suite 4000
Monday through Friday — 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Phone: 503-814-5227

Salem Health Regional Laboratory
3300 State Street
7:00-5:00 Mon – Fri,  Sat 7:30-1:00
(EKG available)

Monmouth Medical Center
512 Main St Suite 300
8:30-12 and 1:00-4:30 Mon-Fri

West Valley Hospital
525 Washington St
24 hours


Lab and Pathology Results

In most cases you should receive results for your lab test or biopsy sample via letter or phone call within 2-3 weeks. If you have any questions about a result feel free to call our nursing department to discuss with our staff.

Call Volume

With ongoing staffing shortages and very high call volumes, we are requesting your patience when calling the office and leaving a voice message.

Our goal is to return calls promptly, but in some cases we are not able to return calls until the next business day.

Thank you for your understanding.

Corona Virus Update:

With some COVID-19 restrictions still in place, we are screening all patients and asking them to re-schedule if they are experiencing any Covid symptom. Masks are no longer required on the Salem Health campus. We will following all state guidelines if they change.

We can accommodate Tele-health (video) visits if you are unable to appear in person, but most visits are in person. 

For more information visit:

Oregon Health Authority web site here>

US Centers for Disease Control web site here >

Important Updates


We have many opportunities for employment.

See our Job Opportunities page here
for a list of current openings.

Allison Ward

Allison Ward, PA-C is no longer with Salem Gastro. If you have been under her care or are on her schedule, one of our other providers will be glad to see you. We have thorough patient records. Our scheduling team will contact you to schedule a new appointment if required. If you have any questions or concerns contact our office and use option 1 to speak to a scheduler.

Automated Bot on Web site

You might notice we have a new assistant/chatbot on our web site. This uses information gathered from the web site to answer questions you might be looking for answers to. It will also provide a link to the page that it found the information. Even though it provides an answer, you should review the site information to be sure the context for the answer is correct. 

If you have prep questions it will provide general guidance, but you should refer to your prep instructions and our FAQ page for definitive answers.

This is in no way to be used to make medical decisions. If you are having a medical emergency you should call 911.