Dr Jonathan Kuttner grew up in South Africa and moved to NZ in 1978. For many years he worked as a family physician in a small country village doing everything from minor surgery to accident and emergency to delivering babies.
Dr Kuttner’s interest in treating chronic pain came after a serious hang gliding accident. He was lucky to survive, but lived with back pain for more than seven years.
This was a difficult learning experience, and prompted Jonathan to specialise as a Musculoskeletal and Pain Specialist. Using the information shared in his book Life After Pain he was finally able to become fully pain-free.
In his private clinic these days Dr Kuttner does everything from manual treatments to high tech interventions like radiofrequency neurotomies. He also works in two public pain clinics with multidisciplinary teams.
Dr Kuttner started the website LifeAfterPain.com with his daughter Naomi a few years ago. The site focuses on the education and empowerment of people in chronic pain to learn and use self treatment techniques.
Dr Kuttner is happily married with two grown children and two grandchildren. He lives in the country on a plot of land with native forest and stream. His passions are the cello, guitar, kitesurfing, paddle boarding, tennis and aikido.
Naomi Kuttner (Jonathan’s daughter) co-wrote the book and manages various technical issues on the Life After Pain site. Though a demanding task, this does leave time for other pursuits such as surfing and kitesurfing.