James is Tar Heel born and Tar Heel bred being born in Charlotte, NC and raised in Waxhaw, NC until he went to UNC – Chapel Hill, met his wife Sara, and settled in the Triangle area. As the former Strength and Conditioning Coach at Back in Action and a former student physical therapist for 4 months, he rejoined the team in 2020 as a physical therapist after graduating from Campbell University.
James has always had passion for movement, fitness, and wellness. Growing up, he was all-in with soccer. Between playing for his travel and school teams, refereeing tournaments across the state, and watching soccer in his spare time, you could say James “ate, slept, and breathed” soccer. James continues to stay involved in the “beautiful game” by refereeing youth, high school, and collegiate soccer matches in the Triangle area.
James discovered physical therapy as a profession after working with the head physical therapist of the UNC men’s basketball team after a hamstring strain in college. With the goal of becoming a physical therapist, James worked as a personal trainer and strength and conditioning coach during college and afterwards to gain invaluable hands-on experience coaching youth athletes in various sports and active individuals to improve their performance, health, and wellness. During this time, he met Dr. Kristal Nelson, PT, DPT in the Holly Springs clinic and soon after became the first strength and conditioning coach at Back In Action. Then, with the help of the Back In Action team, James was accepted to the doctor of physical therapy program at Campbell University in 2018 and graduated in 2020.
James combines his current, evidence-based, manual therapy treatment style and his experience in the fitness and human performance industry to alleviate pain, resolve the source of dysfunction, and optimize the overall health and wellness of his patients. He is passionate about working with those who served and continue to serve our country and community including veterans, active-duty military, law enforcement, firefighters, and emergency medical service personnel. He has worked to improve the health and performance of law enforcement, firefighter, and emergency medical service personnel in the Durham, Wake, and Harnett county areas. In his spare time, James enjoys maintaining an active lifestyle, including refereeing, running with his dog, weightlifting, and spending time with his wife and two young beautiful daughters. James knows the importance of maintaining an active lifestyle and is excited to help you return to yours!