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Ronald D. Cates, MD

Board-Certified Sleep Medicine Specialist

Ronald D. Cates, MD - Athens, TXThe first thing you’ll notice is that a licensed medical doctor, a sleep specialist with years of varied medical experience and the ability to recognize the medical origins of your sleep problems, is responsible for your care. Our director, Ronald D. Cates, MD, a native Texan from Canyon, has been practicing medicine since 1982 and is a former Lt. Colonel (select) in the U.S. Air Force. One of the first qualities you will notice about Dr. Cates is the way he carefully listens to you. Dr. Cates knows that the information you give him about your sleep habits and problems is vital to providing the best possible solution for your sleep disorder.

Dr. Cates practices sleep medicine full-time in his new, state-of-the-art facility conveniently located near downtown Athens. Dr. Cates is happily married to Colleen Cates. They are blessed with a terrific son and daughter. He and his family operate a ranch outside of Athens where they raise and breed horses and cattle. He loves to spend his spare time outdoors. 

The emphasis of Dr. Cates’ practice is to deliver the highest quality of care possible in a warm and professional environment. He seeks to be instrumental in making a dramatic turnaround in the lives of as many patients as possible and to ultimately help lessen the tremendous societal burdens of sleep deprivation.

Board-Certified: American Board of Sleep Medicine, American Academy of Family Practice

Mentorship: Sleep Medicine Associates of Texas at Presbyterian Hospital, Dallas, TX

MD: University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX

BSc: Mathematics, Baylor University, Waco, TX

Member: American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Southern Sleep Society (Past - President), American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association

"Sleep problems are everywhere in our community. I am often surprised by how many folks, including doctors, aren't aware that the symptoms they are suffering actually represent serious sleep problems. I help my patients overcome these problems by taking the time to really listen to their concerns and decide on the best course of action.

"I never imagined being in a more fulfilling and rewarding specialty than sleep medicine. So many happy many lives turned around. The best part about my job is receiving a "thank you" or a hug from a happy, satisfied patient and their now rested spouse and family members who also are now getting a restful night's sleep."

When you need a warm, friendly doctor who is enthusiastic about your personal sleep quality, call Ronald Cates, MD, at 903.675.1717. Or use our convenient Request an Appointment form.

Sleep Disorders

Breathing Disorders

Sleep breathing disorders include some of the most frightening and life-threatening conditions you or a loved one can experience. Snoring is an extremely common and treatable breathing disorder.

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Excessive Sleepiness

Narcolepsy is defined as constant sleepiness and the tendency to sleep at inappropriate times. Its impact on a person's life can be significant and even disabling.

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Restless Leg Syndrome

People experience restless legs in many ways, but all describe the feeling as an unpleasant "creepy, crawly" sensation when they are sitting or laying still, especially at bedtime.

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Nighttime Sleep Disorders

Almost 40% of all children will sleepwalk at some time, with peak occurrence between 3 and 7 years. Sleep walking often runs in families and most children outgrow it by adolescence. Sleepwalking can also be associated with night terrors.

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Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep or remain asleep. Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep plagues many adults. Insomnia will affect your waking and sleeping hours.

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Circadian Rhythm

Delayed sleep phase syndrome (DSPS) is a disorder in which the person's sleep-wake cycle (internal circadian rhythm clock) is delayed by two or more hours.

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704 South Palestine Athens, TX 75751