About Craig Kantack, PA-C
- Physician Assistant School: Idaho State University, 2011
- Master of Science, Industrial Safety: University of Idaho, 2000
- Bachelor of Science, Finance, Arizona State University, 1989
Associations & Continuing Medical Education:
- NCCPA Certified Physician Assistant
- American Academy of Physician Assistants
- Casting Clinic, 2012
- AAOS Advances in Care of the Aging Athlete, 2012
Born and raised in Idaho Falls, I have gladly worn the moniker of “Native.” Back then, it was a smaller town and it was with those small-town values that I was raised. Both my parents had degrees in the medical field: my mother was a Med-tech who performed laboratory tests; my father was an Orthodontist.
At a young age, I gained an appreciation and passion for the medical field. My initial plan was to become a Medical Doctor. However, a few adjustments and changes saw me graduating from Arizona State University with a degree in Finance. Realizing that I was an Idaho boy through and through, I came home to start my career. There were a few job changes along the way and I finally settled in the field of Human Resources. HR is truly a much needed, integral part of the working world, but I was never truly happy or satisfied in this field.
In 1995, I contemplated going to PA school but instead chose to go to night school and obtain a Masters in Safety Management. This made me a much better HR/Safety Manager for the corporations and the people I represented. A few years later I was given another opportunity to go to PA school and with a leap of faith and wonderful support from my family, I graduated as a Physician Assistant from ISU (Idaho boy) in 2011.
PA jobs are very competitive in Idaho, so I had to pay my dues in Arizona. There, I developed other disciplines such as Orthopedics and Urgent Care before finding my home with Dr. Sarah Vlach at Eastern Idaho Spine, Sports and Rehab Center. I couldn’t be happier with my career at this point, and realize the twists and turns that brought me to this place and time were excellent preparation and training for treating my current patients in the wonderful world of Physiatry.