Dr. James Helmers grew up in Kenmare, ND and after graduating high school he attended college at NDSU. From NDSU, he attended Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago and graduated there before returning to North Dakota. Dr. James started his practice in Mandan and shortly after his brother, Dr. John, joined the practice the offices expanded to Hazen and Washburn.
Dr. James has been involved in numerous organizations over the past 30 years, he has been President of the North Dakota Optometric Association twice, President of the North Central Council of Optometry, and has served on committees for the American Optometric Association. He has also been on numerous boards, and by spending time on the boards he has had some of his most valuable learning experiences. Dr. James looks forward to seeing new patients, as well as seeing his established patients, who he has been taking care of through the years. He likes to work with people of all ages and enjoys getting to know everyone. Dr. James specializes in general optometry, diagnosing and treating ocular diseases such as cataracts and glaucoma. He also enjoys fitting contact lenses as well as glasses and looks forward to seeing you as his patient. On a more personal note, Dr. James and his wife Tami have lived in the Mandan community for over 30 years and they have 3 children, Kristen, Nicholas, and Michael. Over the years he has enjoyed watching his children as they participated in speech, plays, and numerous sports (football, baseball, soccer, hockey). As they are now grown, Dr. James now looks forward to getting back into hunting and fishing and refreshing his golf skills. He would also like to take the time to travel in the future.