Houston-born Dr. Austin Pate, D.D.S. was raised in Kingsport and attended Dobyns-Bennett High School. He was a two-year captain of the soccer team, played All-State for two years and was the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ 2012 Region Athlete of the Year. As a member of the BUDS program, he provided daily assistance to students with disabilities. A Tennessee Virginia (TN/VA) Scholar, he graduated in 2013 having been selected out of a class of 450 students for a 25-member senior leadership program.
A 2017 graduate of Messiah College in Grantham, PA, Dr. Pate graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Applied Health Science and a minor in Chemistry. During his undergraduate career, Dr. Pate volunteered with the Special Olympics Program as well as the New Hope Program tutoring elementary-aged children. He shadowed for over 250 hours with four different practices and completed graduation requirements a semester early before walking with his class in the spring.
Dr. Pate is a 2021 graduate of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Dentistry, where he was a recipient of the Harold Cloogman, D.D.S. Scholarship for Academic Achievement. A member of the Xi Psi Phi dental fraternity, Dr. Pate also holds memberships in the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) and the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA).