Dr. Zane Gates was raised by a single mother in an Altoona housing project. During his childhood, he struggled with an attention disorder, but he didn’t let these obstacles stop him from achieving his dream of becoming a physician. Dr. Gates grew up to complete pharmacy school, and then medical school, at the University of Pittsburgh.

After medical school, he ultimately returned home to Altoona, opening his own free clinic in a van to provide care to those who earn too much to qualify for a government health plan, but not enough to purchase private insurance. After partnering with Altoona Regional Health System, Dr. Gates’ van-based clinic evolved into Partnering for Health Services, which provides access to free health care to approximately 3,500 individuals in Altoona each year.​

All the while, he was focused on inventing a new model for providing better healthcare at a lower cost. That model eventually became Empower360.


Dr. Stephanie Young was born and raised in Revloc where she attended Bishop Carroll High School. She completed her undergraduate studies at University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and then went to medical school at The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She then completed residency training in family medicine with Altoona Family Physicians. She is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Dr. Young began working for Mainline Medical Associates immediately upon completing her residency training in 1998. She has served as a Hospice Medical Director for the Home Nursing Agency in Cambria, Somerset and Indiana Counties. She had also volunteered for Partnering for Health Services in Altoona and for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in Ebensburg, where she provided medical care to the uninsured. Her medical interests include providing care to women and children.

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