My name is Dr. Joseph Yates and my family and I are so very happy to be returning to Southeastern Idaho. Originally I was born in Blackfoot, where my Dad was a math teacher at the Junior High (now Mountain View Middle School). When I was around eleven we moved to Pocatello. We had a family lawn business that I worked in from the age of ten and every summer was filled with memories of working with my Dad and brother mowing lawns. I graduated from Highland High School where I discovered my love for singing and music - something that I continue to enjoy today.
After serving a two year mission in Houston, Texas (Spanish speaking) I began my undergraduate schooling at ISU. I met my wife, Jessica, while at ISU and after graduation we moved to Louisville, Kentucky with two little girls in tow to attend dental school. Over the nearly five years that we were in Louisville we fell in love with the Bluegrass State and also welcomed our third daughter into our family. We returned out west in 2008 when we moved to Billings, Montana so that I could take over a private practice for a retiring doctor there. For ten years we made Montana home and during that time we were blessed to add a son and another daughter to our family. My time in Montana also introduced me to the joy of doing international dentistry. My wife and I made several mission trips to Honduras and Guatemala where we did dentistry for kids there. Those mission trips were very impactful on both my family and me and I feel blessed to have taken part in them. We made so many friends in Montana, especially the patients that I had the privilege to serve and treat there. I will forever cherish the relationships that I developed with them over that time.
In the early part of 2018 I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Bracken Webb and his wife, Yvonne, who introduced me to the doctors here at Idaho Falls Dental Group. My wife and I felt like our time to return home to Idaho had come. In July of 2018, Dr. Webb retired and he graciously offered me the opportunity to come and oversee the treatment of his patients. I was happy at the chance to return home, but more importantly I was delighted to be coming into such a wonderful group with great doctors that I respect and admire. One of the reasons I went into dentistry is because I find it is the perfect blend of art and science, but my favorite part of dentistry is the people. I tend to have a good time when I’m at work and you’ll often find me telling jokes, laughing, or humming along to the music. Dentistry is a fantastic profession that I find amazing and stimulating. I love doing the work that I do but it would all be for nothing if it weren’t for the people that I do it for. Getting to know each of you and your families, and the details of your lives, is what keeps me doing what I do.