Dr. Cates grew up in Dallas, TX as the oldest of 5 kids. After high school, he moved to San Angelo, TX where he got his bachelor's degree in Biology at Angelo State University. From there, he moved to College Station, TX where he got his Master of Public Health degree from Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health. He received his DO degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine at Seton Hill in Greensburg, PA with his clinical rotations being in Elmira, NY. During his clinical years, he met his partner, now husband, while doing a rotation in LGBTQ and HIV care in Dallas, TX. This is also what initially spurred his interest on entering the field.
While completing his residency in Arkansas, he could see the health disparity and lack of education regarding LGBTQ health needs, and felt that he needed to do more to make a difference, especially in the south. He enjoys being outdoors, traveling, exploring new areas, and playing with his 2 dogs, a husky and a pitbull mix. He is very excited to now be in Los Angeles to learn about LGBTQ health issues and HIV to eventually bring this back to the southern regions and provide much needed care to the community.