Get to Know Dr. Brandon James '05

High School Graduation Year


What did you do right after graduation? College/career/travel/military?

I attended Morehead State University and played football, eventually obtaining a BS in Biology. I then went on to attend the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry and became a licensed dentist here in Kentucky.

Please describe DeSales in three words.

Brotherhood. Home. Special.

Where are you and what are you doing now?

I currently live in Louisville, still in the South End with my wife and four daughters. I'm a practicing dentist for Mortenson Family Dental. I practice at the Mortenson location on Palatka Rd, just down the road from DeSales.

What do you like most about what you are doing?

I love dentistry. I love the interaction with people, I love the ability to improve people's lives through their smile and oral health. Most importantly I love that I am able to serve the community where I grew up, and still live. I take a lot of pride in being from the South End and to be able to serve that community is something that is very special to me.

What is your favorite memory about DeSales?

My favorite memories are Senior Retreat and winning our first football playoff game in many years during my Senior season.

Who influenced you most during your time at DeSales?

Tony Medley and Tim Keogh had a big impact on my development both academically and as a leader. Mark Sander, Frank Hayden, and Tom Crews were very influential in developing me as an athlete and helping me achieve my athletic goals.

What classes and learning experiences did you have at DeSales that are beneficial to the work you do?

My English classes with Tony Medley were really important because of the focus on proper grammar, public speaking, and communication skills. I also had early exposure to Biology and Anatomy that were crucial to me getting a Biology degree and becoming a dentist.

What is the most important thing you learned while you were at DeSales?

I learned what it meant to be a DeSales man. I learned how to be a leader and a man of faith. I certainly learned a lot academically, but there are certain things that only being a student at DeSales can teach you.

What advice do you have for current (or potential) students at DeSales?

Cherish your time at DeSales and do your best to utilize the resources that our school has to offer. Understand that the Brotherhood that exists at DeSales is incredibly special and unique. My time at DeSales changed my life and that's why I remain so passionate about our school to this day.

What is your favorite DeSales Event?

This is a really tough question. The events I make a point to attend are the Benefit Feast, Hall of Honors, and Day on the Grounds. I would probably say my favorite of the three is the Benefit Feast. I enjoy the festive themed event along with the celebration of the school, while also raising money that will allow more students to get a DeSales education.

What do you like to do in your free time?

My daughters are very active in activities like soccer, dance, and volleyball so that occupies a lot of my time, but during the summer we spend the majority of our weekends at Rough River.

What is something people may not know about you?

The fun fact I always share about myself that always surprises people, is that I'm a huge pro wrestling fan, and have been my entire life. I usually try to go to at least one event every year.

Do you still stay in touch with any of your DeSales friends?

Yes! I have a group of about nine guys that I have a big group text with. We talk all the time and usually make a point to get together about once a quarter.

What’s next for you/where do you see yourself in five years?

In five years I see myself still practicing dentistry down the road from DeSales. I hope to mentor other dentists at Mortenson, while also continuing to mentor college and high school students who are interested in the field of dentistry.