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Paul M. Hendricks, MD, FAAFP

Specialist in Family Medicine


Paul Hendricks, MD is a board-certified family medicine physician. He graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine with his medical degree in 1981. After completing his family medicine residency in Fort Collins, Colorado, Dr. Hendricks moved to North Carolina to practice Family Medicine for three years with the Public Health Service in Wade, North Carolina. Wanting a change, Dr. Hendricks began working in the emergency unit at a local hospital and continued to practice emergency medicine for the next 30 years.

For the last 28 years, Dr. Hendricks has been living in Chattanooga using his interest in science to help those in the Chattanooga area. Not only has he practiced as an emergency medicine physician in the area but has also spent time as a medical director for Blue Cross and Blue Shield. And most recently, he has spent the last 15 months as the Hamilton County Health Officer helping us through this pandemic.

Dr. Hendricks’s desire to pursue medicine as a career came from his interest in
using science to help people. When it comes to caring for a patient, Dr. Hendricks’s focus is to treat the overall patient. When treating a patient, Dr. Hendricks takes into consideration the patient’s family and social situation.

During his free time, Dr. Hendricks enjoys spending time with his wife Snoda and
their two children. He also enjoys making music, writing songs, and reading. Dr.
Hendricks is active in his community and has served four years on the Signal
Mountain Town Council. Two of those years as the mayor of Signal Mountain. He is also active in the Lions Club and on the board of his local community theater, the Signal Mountain Playhouse.



Galen Dayton Primary Care

163 Walnut Grove Church Rd.

Dayton, TN 37321

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Thursday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Friday: 9:00am – 4:00pm


30 years


When it comes to caring for my patient, I focus on treating the patient as a whole. To do that I take into consideration the patient’s family and social situation.


Medical Degree: University of Florida College of Medicine

Residency: Family Medicine, University of Colorado



Follow, American Academy of Family Physicians

Member of Chattanooga/ Hamilton County Medical Society


Preventive medicine is practiced by all physicians to keep their patients healthy. It is also a unique medical specialty recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Preventive medicine focuses on the health of individuals, communities, and defined populations. Its goal is to protect, promote, and maintain health and well-being and to prevent disease, disability, and death.

Preventive medicine specialists are licensed medical doctors (MD) or doctors of osteopathy (DO), who possess core competencies in biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental and occupational medicine, planning and evaluation of health services, management of health care organizations, research into causes of disease and injury in population groups, and the practice of prevention in clinical medicine. They apply knowledge and skills gained from the medical, social, economic, and behavioral sciences.

Vaccines play an important role in keeping us healthy. They protect us from serious and sometimes deadly diseases — like haemophilus influenzaetype b (Hib) and measles.

It’s normal to have questions about vaccines. works with scientists and doctors to answer your questions and provide the information you need to get vaccinated.  make sure that you and your family are up-to-date on your vaccinations — they’re your best shot against serious, preventable illness.

Immunization is the process of becoming immune to (protected against) a disease. Immunization can also mean the process of getting vaccinated. For example, your “immunization schedule,” is the timing of your shots.

Our goal is to improve the health of those we serve with a commitment to excellence through mutual goal setting and evidence-based treatment in a caring, comfortable, convenient, and cost-effective setting.

What is a wellness exam?

An annual wellness exam is a comprehensive preventive exam with your primary care physician for the sole purpose of preventive care. An annual exam does not include discussion of new problems or detailed review of chronic conditions. An annual exam may also be called a routine check-up, yearly exam, annual pap, or preventive visit.

Will my insurance pay for a wellness exam?

Most health plans will pay for one wellness or preventive exam per year. Your insurance provider may consider this to be (1) once per calendar year or (2) or once every 366 days from the date of your last wellness exam.

If you have had any other visit billed as preventive during this time period your plan is likely to deny your wellness exam. This would include a well-woman exam or annual pap smear. Your plan may not pay for all testing and/or labs ordered during your wellness exam. If your provider has a concern and orders diagnostic testing and/or labs during your exam you may be financially responsible.

It is the patient’s responsibility to check with their insurance provider to see what is covered under their wellness benefit, and to ensure they are eligible prior to scheduling their annual wellness exam.

What is the difference between a wellness exam and a problem visit?

Preventive visits and tests ordered by your provider can help you stay healthy and catch problems early. Diagnostic visits and testing are used to diagnose a current health problem. Diagnostic tests are ordered by your provider when you have symptoms and they want to find out why. For example, your provider might want you to have a test because of your age or family history, that’s preventive care, but if it’s because you’re having symptoms or a problem, that is diagnostic care.

Can I have a wellness exam and problem visit at the same time?

The answer is Yes, but not preferred. It is possible to address a problem at a wellness exam, however, it is not the preferred method. A wellness exam is a comprehensive review of systems, medications, past and current medical history, health risk assessment, and preventive testing for potential risks. Wellness exams typically do not require a copay, and, many times, may be covered at 100% (this, of course, is dependent on your insurance plan). When you combine a problem visit with the wellness exam you are billed for both a wellness visit, and a problem visit; which may then require a copay, or have the charges applied to your deductible. For this reason, we ask that you please schedule a separate appointment, on a different day, if you have any new concerns or ongoing health problems that need more attention.