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Meet Dr. James

Atlas Orthogonal Upper Cervical Chiropractor in Des Moines



Growing up in the small town of Nevada Iowa, I learned that one of the things that gave me the greatest joy, was serving others. Through Boy Scouts, 4-H, and a variety of school groups that I belonged to, seeking to help others was always at the forefront.


My love for science also led me to want to know why and how things worked.  So, as I graduated High School and headed off to Cedar Falls to go to the University of Northern Iowa, I knew that a job in the medical field was my goal, but which one? 


After visiting with several doctors, I knew that the philosophy, science, and art of Chiropractic blended with my belief of allowing the body to heal itself, and that became my chosen profession.


While at UNI, I kept active by helping to teach several lab classes, being involved in the biology club, and participating in a men’s  singing group. Each of these experiences has given me many lifelong friends. 


I graduated from UNI with a biology degree and a chemistry minor, then headed off to Davenport to attend Palmer College of Chiropractic. At Palmer, I received an excellent education, learning how to diagnose and correct many conditions as well as several techniques to restore function to the nervous system.  Palmer not only gave me the ability to help others live to their optimum potential but the chance to meet and learn from other chiropractors from different parts of the world.


In 2000, I graduated from Palmer College and started up my practice in Pella, Iowa.  I quickly got involved in the community, joining the Chamber of Commerce, the local theater group, and Rotary International, providing humanitarian services to the community.  I hadn’t been part of the community for more than a few years when I was invited to take part in the ultimate Pella community event, Tulip Time.  I served on the Tulip Time steering Committee for seven years, planning, guiding, and implementing the three-day festival for over 100,000 people each year.



I have been practicing in Pella for 18 years, providing care for a range of patients from 2 days old to 102 years.  Throughout my years in practice my technique has evolved from a more manipulative approach to a lighter adjusting style, trying to be more specific and researching techniques that would allow the adjustment to be consistent with repeatable results.


In 2017 my wife, son and I moved to the Greater Des Moines area for my wife to being her new career in Johnston.  While leaving those whom I have taken care of has been hard, this move has provided me with the opportunity to grow as a doctor and develop the technique my career has been heading toward, Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic - a very advanced, repeatable way to realign the top bone in the neck without manual manipulation. 


I look forward to continuing to help people of all ages improve their health, allowing them to live their lives to the fullest. 

Treatment Techniques



  • Atlas Orthogonal Trained

  • Advanced Orthogonal Trained

  • Palmer trained in Activator Technique

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