Dr. James grew up in Coos Bay and graduated from Marshfield High School. She enjoyed a 16-year career in the Navy that included several oversees tours. After the Navy, she practiced as an OB/GYN in Lebanon, Oregon for 9 years before deciding to return to Coos Bay. Dr. James has extensive experience working with high risk pregnancies and a well-rounded background in gynecological surgery.
She and her husband Mark met during their undergraduate studies at the University of Portland. She was there on a volleyball scholarship and he was playing baseball. They and their three children are avid sports enthusiasts, especially basketball, swimming, and baseball.