Dr. Michael C. Tigar

Specialist in Pediatrics

A LITTLE ABOUT ME

Galen East Internal Medicine and Pediatrics is comprised of nine physicians, one physician assistant, and one nurse practitioner.  Four physicians specialize in all aspects of both adult medicine and pediatrics, five physicians specialize in pediatrics only, and our two mid-level providers specialize in internal medicine only.  Our staff knows the importance of good health from birth through the end of life.  Our desire is to treat illnesses as well as help prevent them.

Our physicians believe in and support the importance of immunizing children according to the American Academy of Pediatrics immunization schedule as they feel this is the best way to protect our children from serious illness or death from vaccine preventable diseases.  For this reason, parents who refuse to immunize their children according to the AAP schedule will not be accepted into our practice. 

I SPECIALIZE IN:

  • Annual Physicals
  • Well-Baby Checkups
  • Immunizations/Vaccines
  • Adolescent Health
  • Nutrition and Weight Management
  • Preventative Pediatric Medicine

I'M LOCATED AT

Galen East Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

1651 Gunbarrel Road, Suite 302

Chattanooga, TN 37421

  • Call: (423) 899-2904
  • Fax: (423) 892-5058

BEEN IN PRACTICE FOR:

 years.

MY CARE PHILOSOPHY:

Our mission is to provide  

MY EDUCATION:

M.D. | 

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What is a wellness exam: An annual exam is a Comprehensive preventative exam with your primary care provider for the sole purpose of preventative care. An annual exam does not include discussion of new problems or detailed review of chronic conditions. Annual exams may also be called routine check-ups, yearly exams, an annual pap, or preventive visit.

Will my insurance pay for a wellness exam?

Most health plans will pay for one wellness or preventative exam per year. Your insurance provider may consider this to be once per calendar year or one year and one day since the date of your last wellness exam.

If you have had any other visit billed as preventative 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 held 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: Preventative 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 of a problem,
that’s diagnostic care.

Can I have a wellness exam and problem visit at the same time: No. Billing issues prevent your provider from doing a wellness exam and a diagnostic visit on the same day. This is for your protection as your insurance carrier may deny one of these visits forwarding the financial responsibility to you. This does not prevent you from asking a
simple question or requesting refills of any maintenance medications; however, we ask that you please schedule a separate appointment, on a different day, if you have any new concerns or other ongoing health problems that need more attention. Should your wellness exam turn into a diagnostic or problem-oriented visit we will bill accordingly.

Our pediatricians provide not only medical care for children who are acutely or chronically ill but also preventive health services for healthy children. At Galen East Internal Medicine and Pediatrics we manage the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of the children under their care at every stage of development.

Our practice aims to reduce infant and child rate of illness, control the spread of infectious disease, promote healthy lifestyles for a long disease-free life and help ease the problems of children and adolescents with chronic conditions. Several conditions, disorders and illnesses treated at our practice include:

  • injuries
  • infections
  • genetic and congenital conditions
  • cancers
  • organ diseases and dysfunctions
  • developmental delays and disorders
  • behavioral problems
  • functional disabilities
  • social stresses
  • mental disorders including depression and anxiety disorders

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. Vaccines.gov 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.