About Craig Kantack, PA-C

Craig Kantak

Professional Training:

Education:

  • 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.” A few short years ago, though my family would call it considerably more, I grew up in IF. Back then, it was a smaller town and it was with these values that I was raised. Both my parents had degrees in the medical eld: my mother was a Med-tech who performs laboratory tests; my father was an Orthodontist.

At a young age, I gained an appreciation and passion for the medical eld. My initial plans were 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 nally settled in the eld of Human Resources. HR is truly a much needed, integral part of the working world, but I was never truly happy or satis ed.

In 1995, I contemplated going to PA school, but chose to go to night school and obtain an MS in Safety. 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 from ISU (Idaho boy) in 2011.

PA jobs are very competitive in Idaho, so I had to pay my dues in Arizona and developing other disciplines such as, Orthopedics and Urgent Care before nding 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.