David Krainacker, MD is board certified in both Family Medicine and Obesity Medicine. He received his medical degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He completed his Family Practice residency training at Pennsylvania State University and has been practicing medicine in Helena since 1998. In 2022, he became a Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine.
Dr. Krainacker specializes in the treatment of obesity (or as he prefers to call it, adiposity-based chronic disease). His training and treatment plans for weight management incorporate a variety of methods, including lifestyle changes, diet, meditation, exercise and medication. A firm believer in food as medicine, he has taken over 50 hours of training in the field of culinary medicine (treating by eating!).
He is an avid gardener, and involved with Helena Community Gardens. Every year the plots he helps tend produce thousands of pounds of produce that is donated to our neighbors at Helena Food Share.
Dr. Krainacker’s other interests include hiking, backpacking and nature photography. He loves to run the trails here in Helena. He is a history fanatic, and finds all eras and countries fascinating. In his spare time, he also loves assembling jigsaw puzzles.
He has been married to his wife, Nina, since 1992. They have three grown children, two of whom still live in Helena. He is a member of St. Mary Catholic Community. His family also includes three rescue dogs and one rescue cat who thinks he is her servant.
Education & Training
Creighton University School of Medicine
University of California Davis
Good Samaritan Hospital
American Board of Family Medicine and American Board of Obesity Medicine
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