Dr James graduated from RMIT University with a Bachelor of Nursing, a Bachelor of Health Science (Chiropractic) and a Master of Clinical Chiropractic. He first developed his passion for helping people during his work as a nurse. Although he enjoyed his time working in the hospital system he found himself wanting to work in prevention as well as treatment. He first became interested in chiropractic after attending his own chiropractic consultation and realising that this discipline focused on education for preventing injury rather than treating only on a symptomatic basis.