“I’m a people person,” he says. “I like to talk with my patients and learn about their jobs and what they do. I look forward to having the opportunity to improve their ability to function and enjoy life.”
An active volunteer in the community, Dr. Yates has a strong commitment to helping children with disabilities. He has contributed free orthopedic care to disabled children at Gateway Education Center through a monthly clinic since the late 1990s and at its newer counterpart, Haynes-Inman Education Center, since its opening in 2010. As part of his volunteer work, he has prescribed braces and provided surgery free of charge to allow disabled children to continue walking – or, in some cases, to walk for the first time.
“Even though many of them can’t talk, the smiles on their faces tell you that you did the right thing,” Dr. Yates says. “Many have looked up at the entire world from a sitting position. They are so happy when they actually stand up for the first time.”
He was recognized for his lengthy service to disabled children on May 8, 2012, which was proclaimed “Dr. Mark Yates Day” at Haynes-Inman Education Center. Arriving for his normal bi-monthly clinic, Dr. Yates was surprised by a gathering of past and present patients, parents, teachers, therapists and others who honored him with accolades and presentations.
Dr. Yates also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and is a past member and Paul Harris Fellow of Summit Rotary Club. He and his family are members of First Presbyterian Church.