Dr. Cates grew up in Eugene and graduated from Churchill High School in 1986. He later graduated cum laude from Washington State University with a degree in Biology. He earned his Doctor of Optometry from Pacific University College of Optometry, graduating with Honors in 1994.
Before joining Family Vision Center in 1997, Dr. Cates served three years as Chief of Optometric Services at Laughlin Air Force Base in South Texas. Dr. Cates is past president of the Lane Optometric Society and is a member of the American Optometric Society, Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, and is a Lifetime member of the Eugene Active 20-30 Club.
Dr. Cates and his wife Paula have three daughters. He enjoys fly fishing, long distance trail running, traveling, and time spent with his family exploring the great outdoors.