Chris J. Kottenstette, PA-C

Director of Research
Pain Partners MD
Lafayette, Colorado

Chris Kottenstette started in patient care as an athletic trainer in high school and college, and then moved to emergency services as a paramedic for 17 years. This led him to his training at the University of Utah Physician Assistant (PA) Program where proper pain treatment was initially instilled in him by Dr. Art Lipman, one of the pioneers of pain management and palliative care. Since completing PA school he has worked in family practice, orthopedic surgery, emergency medicine, and the field of pain medicine. During this time Mr. Kottenstette has been a consultant and speaker for many national companies, and provided expert medical testimony in several cases involving pain management issues. He has spent the last two years traveling and teaching pain management at a national level. He is currently a clinical PA and the director of research with Pain Partners MD in Lafayette, Colorado.

Mr. Kottenstette has been active in the PA community at a national level when he was elected to the Student Academy Board as Director-at-Large more than 10 years ago; he is past-president of the Colorado Academy of Physician Assistants; he founded the PAs in Pain Medicine Special Interest Group of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and is their current president. In addition, Mr. Kottenstette has been appointed to the Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, he helped form the American Society for Pain Educators as one of the initial members of the Board of Advisors, is on the Board of Advisors for the National Pain Foundation, and is a board member of the Colorado Pain Initiative. He is also the president of Abuse Tech, LLC which provides engineered solutions for abuse deterrence and clinically focused education in abuse prevention, mitigation, and compliance in the field of pain medicine.

Last modified: June 29, 2012