Dr. Cates is originally from Memphis, TN. He attained his Bachelors from the University of Memphis and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Immediately upon graduation, he found himself drawn to the Pacific Northwest and he settled in Portland in 2001. Dr. Cates enjoys working with both dogs and cats and is particularly interested in soft tissue surgery, geriatric medicine, and challenging dermatology cases.
Dr. Rife is originally from Cincinnati, OH. From Ohio, she traveled to North Carolina to receive her Bachelors of Science at North Carolina State University in 2012. She then traveled to Arizona to attend Midwestern University to receive her doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2018. From Arizona she moved to Portland with her partner, their dog Zoey, and cat Franklin after falling in love with the Pacific Northwest on a road trip.