Michael C. Yeates, DO

Dr. Michael C. Yeates’ training in the medical world goes well beyond school and residency.

The family medicine physician at Tanner Clinic Kaysville also worked for years as a firefighter and emergency medical tech (EMT).

As a member of Bountiful City’s Fire Department for four years, Dr. Yeates handled trauma cases, car accidents, natural disasters and life-threatening medical situations. He worked at the same time as an EMT-I.

Dr. Yeates is a native of Davis County and began his college career at Weber State University. He continued on to earn a master of public health degree from the University of Utah. The purpose of the MPH, he says, was “to gain a better idea of how to care for communities, not just individuals.”

He earned his D.O. from Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine. Later, he was named chief resident while completing the Family Medicine residency at the U of U School of Medicine, There, he rotated through all U of U hospitals as well as Primary Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Yeates joined Tanner Clinic in 2011 and now focuses on sports medicine, pediatric and adolescent medicine, injections, vasectomies and the musculoskeletal system.

The board-certified physician is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and The American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.

Dr. Yeates enjoys activities with his wife and four children, such as traveling, mountain biking and camping. He’s also a gardener.


What Patients Say About Dr. Yeates

“I am thoroughly impressed with Dr. Yeates, his staff, and everyone at reception. Dr. Yeates has been incredibly helpful with all the health problems I have had recently. He has been amazingly helpful and I am grateful that he is with Tanner Clinic and that I am able to receive his help. — Jon R., Farmington, February 2, 2016

“We’ve been going to Dr. Yeates for a few years now. He is very caring and takes time to listen to you and answer questions. My whole family sees him. I went in once and started crying and he cried with me! He totally understands and cares. His staff is great too. He has called at home to check up on a sick child after we were in earlier that day or a few days after our visit. He is really a great doctor.”   — RateMDs.com, Jan. 20, 2015

“Dr. Michael Yeates in Kaysville is amazing. He is so kind to all my kids and always takes the extra time and care (we) need!”   —  Lisa on Facebook, Nov. 24, 2014

“Dr. Yeates is one of the best doctors ever! He truly goes above and beyond to care for each of his patients!”   —  Kailey on Facebook, May 12, 2014

“Dr. Yeates is a diligent and compassionate doctor. He took time to listen to my son’s symptoms and talk with him on his level so he could understand. We are new patients and so happy!”   —  Sandy on in-clinic review card, April, 20, 2014

“I called the clinic looking for whoever could see me first, and it happened to be Dr. Michael Yeates. I couldn’t be happier. He got me in quick, was smart, and accurately diagnosed my condition. I think I’ve found myself a new doctor. I liked him a lot and will be doing all my follow up visits with him.”   — RateMDs.com, Feb. 26, 2014

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Up In Smoke

e-cigs-sm As popular as electronic cigarettes have become, the tobacco-less devices are not recommended to help smokers quit, says Dr. Michael Yeates. ‘E-cigs,’ which heat nicotine to a point it can be inhaled as a vapor, currently are not regulated, and ‘we don’t know who’s smoking what,’ said Dr. Yeates. By the way, here’s a new worry for you: Second-hand vapor!

Classes Give You a Hands-Up During Battle to Quit Smoking

Smokers often say they want to quit. Quit the coughing. The sloppy ashtrays. The drain on their wallets — nowadays, a pack-a-day habit costs at least $1,000 a year.

But Dr. Michael Yeates, a family doctor at Tanner Clinic Kaysville, wonders if that is indeed the case.

“It’s a whole different story,” said Dr. Yeates, when the issues of cost, time and, yes, misery are raised.

“People always say they want to quit, but when it comes down to it, they don’t want to invest in things that will help them quit,” said the physician.

Plus, there’s also the fact it’s likely the hardest thing they’ll do in their lifetimes.

Support team in classes

Dr. Yeates meets regularly with people seeking to break the habit. He has frank discussions and and offers referrals to others who can help.

But he is a bit discouraged that the smoking-cessation classes he’s arranged have not been attracting many smokers with a goal of quitting. The quarterly, four-week classes bring in all the elements that have been shown to help smokers quit. For his classes, Dr. Yeates recruits a:

▸ Pharmacist to talk about drug options

▸ Nutritionist to talk about avoiding weight gain

▸ Therapist to help with behavioral and supportive therapies to decrease the desire to smoke

If smokers can’t make it to the evening classes, said Dr. Yeates, “I’ll schedule them in my office. We’ll do the same things and I’ll refer them out to the people they need to see.”

But the supportive setting of a group is vital in this difficult effort, he believes. “In a group format they can help each other and learn from each other,” said Dr. Yeates. It’s also a good idea to make the break along with work colleagues or spouses. “They’re a team and hold each other responsible,” said Dr. Yeates.

Class costs paid by insurance

As for the cost, said Dr. Yeates, insurance pays most of the costs. Each class will require a co-pay like a doctor’s visit. If you’re interested in a class, call Dr. Yeates at 801-773-4840.

Dr. Yeates encourages smokers to check out other resources, such as the Utah Tobacco Quit Line. In addition to offering each smoker a “quit coach,” the state program touches base with each individual daily and sometimes offer free no-smoking medications, he said.

‘Big deal’ to give up nicotine

The odds of quitting smoking on your own are historically low — 4 to 7 of every 100 quitters.

“Cigarettes a lot harder to give up than cocaine and a lot of narcotics or opioids,” said Dr. Yeates. Plus, a cigarette contains so many chemicals besides nicotine that there are multiple addiction hooks.

“To give up nicotine is a big deal,” he said. “And people who don’t smoke don’t get that. It’s not as easy as just walking away from it.”

That’s why the assistance of a physician can make the difference. Quitters may need to be on medications, said Dr. Yeates. They will need screenings, such as for an abdominal aortic aneurysm, for which smokers have a higher risk. Chest x-rays are helpful, and blood pressure and cholesterol checks become more important.

“A smoker’s health problems are now different than someone who doesn’t smoke,” he said.


Oh, Those Golden Days in Vegas

Dr. Michael Yeates’ introduction to doctoring was like jumping onto an angry steer. His rotations placed him in downtown Las Vegas while he was a student at Touro University in nearby Henderson.

Because Las Vegas is among the world’s most visited places, he said, “we saw many disease processes from all around the world.”

That’s understated. Here are some of the conditions Dr. Yeates remembers from those urgent-care hours:

▸ Drug-resistant tuberculosis.

▸ Kaposi sarcoma, a rare cancer of the connective tissues associated with AIDS.

▸ Unusual diseases, such as Legionnaires disease, as well as “strange respiratory bugs,” he said.

▸ Infectious diseases flown in from Africa and other places.

▸ Gunshot wounds — “There’s always trauma in Las Vegas,” he said.

▸ Post-traumatic stress syndrome.

▸ Construction injuries — “At the time, a lot of high-rise casinos were going up,” he said, “and we saw a lot of injuries from that.”

Those experiences were much less exciting than an episode of “C.S.I.” Still, he said, “it was a fascinating place to learn medicine because I was able to see so many different things.”

— Tanner Clinic staff