Although James grew up in Arizona, he quickly became hooked on Utah’s weather and mountains after moving here for school.
As one of five kids raised by a widowed mother, he can recall times when routine healthcare was a luxury the family couldn’t afford. The example set by volunteers who stepped in to help is one he didn’t forget. Now that he’s a father and a practitioner, he wants to help other kids in need. “I believe kids are our most important and vulnerable patient population,” he says. “They’re our future, and it’s my job to listen to them and help them be their healthiest.”
James is a father of four kids ranging from toddlers to teens and lives with his family in a hundred-year-old house he and his wife are renovating. When he isn’t at work, he says he’s happiest with his family—going to movies, doing yard work, hiking, or helping coach his boys’ wrestling teams. He also admits to a particular fascination with off-grid living, alternative energy, and gardening. James and his oldest son have started restoring a 1964 International Scout, and they love spending time together looking for old car parts and learning about classic car restoration together.
As a dad, James says he can relate to the questions, challenges, fears, and victories of parenting at every stage. He hates to see kids hurting, but also knows they are stronger than they realize. As a healthcare provider, his goal is to protect his patients, keep them healthy, and help them see how wonderful they are.
James has hidden artistic talents that he doesn’t use, which makes his wife crazy.