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Certified athletic therapist Nichelle Thomson is an exceptional athlete who has won a number of beauty pageants in Canada, including the 2012 Miss North Ontario Pageant and best talent Miss Teen Canada World 2012. Below is a post she wrote on why she chose to study at NAO:

For me, it's all about quality over quantity. National Academy of Osteopathy (NAO), is the only school world-wide that offers manual osteopathy in six months, five days a week, for students with prior health backgrounds. During these six months, we practice hands-on techniques daily. Since I am primarily a hands-on learner, this aspect was very important to me and made NAO stand out.

Although everyone's way of learning is different and some may prefer to go to school once a month for three to five years, for me, NAO's method of delivery suited my academic needs more effectively. Not to mention NAO's extensive business lectures! This alone puts NAO above every other school as no one else offers business lectures on how to run a successful practice/clinic. And who better to learn it from than from someone how has actually done it themselves!

After watching over 160 of Dr. Pourgol's business and ethics lecture videos, I have exemplary confidence and I know I will continue to expand on the knowledge he has taught me. I am no longer intimidated by the thought of running my own clinic(s).

When someone can manage to successfully combine both therapeutic skills and business smarts in one program, you create highly competent practitioners who can better serve the public. And for this I will be forever grateful. Thank you NAO! Thank you Dr. Pourgol!

Nichelle Thomson
NAO Student - Class of September 2017


Nichelle Thomson


Chronic back pain of registered massage therapist is gone after just one osteopathic treatment!


Chiropractor / manual osteopath, Liza Egbogah, DC, DOMP with George Clooney.

Dr Liza is a graduate of National Academy of Osteopathy. She has many celebrities as clients.

Here is what Dr Egbogah posted on her blog about why she chose to study osteopathy:

The main reason I chose to pursue osteopathy instead of chiropractic is that while chiropractic focuses primarily on spinal manipulation, osteopathy involves head to toe treatment to help the body work more efficiently. Whether someone has a wrist fracture, back pain or a knee injury, manual osteopaths will treat the entire body to optimize functioning. I have always felt that with the multitude of interconnections in the body, addressing the entire system is the only way to effectively treat.


Dr Liza


Did you know Dr Pourgol's sister Shirin is a manual osteopath?

Here is a testimonial she received from her patient Shawna Robbins that is suffering from chronic pain.

Osteopathy offers the most effective treatment system for chronic pain. Most patients manual osteopaths see are the last resort cases. They truly do miracles with their hands, treating cases where all else failed.


Shirin Poorgol testimonial from Shawna Robbins


Without a doubt we have the coolest teacher ever!

You are positive, funny, kind, & compassionate.
You are a builder!
You motivate!
You inspire!
I'm so happy to have chosen NAO! I am grateful for the positive learning environment you provide us with.

You're the best teacher ever!!!

Alina Turturica

This is a post written about Professor Shawn Pourgol by our student, massage therapist Alina Turturica from Romania who is studying osteopathy at the York University Heights campus of National Academy of Osteopathy in Toronto.

Thank you Alina for the kind words.


Alina Turturica 1


Satisfied Patient & Student

Online educated osteopath, Ann Shivas, DOMP a graduate of National Academy of Osteopathy and ex-member of Canada's national soccer team treated Mark in Montreal (Quebec). There are many individuals who after receiving treatments from our alumni became our students. This demonstrates the osteopathic skills of our graduates. Here is the email received from Mark:

Hi Dr. Pourgol,

I just wanted to thank you for the incredible learning experience I had with NAO. You are definitely invested in your student's success and we feel it.

When it came time for me to look at schools offering manual Osteopathy as part of their curriculum, I did my due diligence and gathered objective evidence as part of my decision process. I not only researched various options but also communicated with graduates of the target schools and, whenever possible, had face-to-face meetings with representatives. For NAO, I was lucky enough to have my initial face-to-face with Ann Shivas who took time out of her busy practice to answer all of my questions and put to rest any potential concerns I may have had. I subsequently followed up with Ann for a treatment and was so impressed with her approach and follow up that I decided to pursue a career in manual Osteopathy from NAO immediately thereafter.

Prior to Ann's treatment, I had received years of osteopathic manual therapy from a plethora of top practitioners trained both in Europe and Canada. After Ann's treatment, I not only considered her to be an impressive ambassador of NAO ...... but also my new benchmark of manual osteopathic excellence!

Some may consider my decision-making process to be a bit extreme, but I feel my years involved in the aerospace engineering industry has, to an extent, shaped who I am today. In the aerospace industry, to make mistakes is forgivable....but to catch them is imperative! I can now say, with no reserve, that my research efforts paid off and that joining NAO in their DOMP program was one of the best investments in time, effort, and energy I have made to date.

All the best,

Mark MacNeil


Mark Macneil


37 New Patients with 1 Hour of Marketing!

Our osteopathic education is unique because we emphasis heavily on business management. We teach students everything we know about business management. This is the main reason why we graduate so many successful manual osteopaths.

Here is a message sent by Maria Triassi, one of our osteopathy students in Quebec (Canada):

Hi Dr Pourgol! I wanted to thank you again for all your help and knowledge! I used one of your business lecture teachings to get more business and within one hour I got 37 responses to book for treatments!!!!

I went directly to my target market and asked for their help as you suggested and the messaging hasn't stopped yet!


Maria Triassi


Our student from Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada), Dr Doaa El Sammak, MD (Egypt) published this post on her FB page.

Dear Dr Shahin Pourgol, I really want to thank you for your great help and support you always show towards your students. I felt that you gave us all your whole experience with a very professional and honest way.

You have an amazing personality and a loving Soul that influence all your students. Thank you for my amazing learning journey through this program and beautiful friendships I made during this training. We love osteopathy and we Love you too.


NAO-Aug 2017


Athletes Love Osteopathy!

Did you know many professional athletes, including Olympic level members of Canadian national teams have chosen to study osteopathy with us?

Athletes are generally inclined to learn more about their own bodies and health. Osteopathy provides a career for them that they can use in their athletic work as well.

Here is a post by our student, Emily Herman (from Halifax, Nova Scotia, a Canadian fitness competitor on why she chose to study osteopathy at National Academy of Osteopathy:

I don't remember a time in my life where sport, athletics, or health in general was not of importance to me. Since 7 years old I have been playing competitive soccer, dance, track and field, and eventually went on to compete in a recent fitness competition, my first bodybuilding show.

Throughout the years of competing, I grew an interest in how I can optimize my athletic performance. Through the help of coaches, I learned that proper nutrition, sleep, and a recovered body is the best approach to reaching your best as an athlete.

My mother has introduced me to the field of manual osteopathy, and as she described it, I instantly was intrigued. The benefits for athletes, including performance enhancing as well as injury prevention and treatment, was the reason I wanted to start this program.

Throughout the 12 months of studying at NAO, my sights slightly changed from athletic performance to more of a wellness approach. Through learning the benefits of visceral osteopathy, cranial sacral therapy, as well as the information in the course of clinical nutrition, I came to the realization that this was the field of osteopathy I wanted to pursue-over all wellness.

Through integrating soft tissue therapy, joint mobilization, visceral and cranial osteopathy, keeping the body in balance and the best state to heal is what I plan to do through my years as a manual osteopath.




Osteopathic Education for the hearing impaired

Due to our innovative advanced teaching methods, we have been able to introduce osteopathic education to the hearing and visually impaired individuals. Here is a post from Chanez Ouchene, a hearing impaired student (from Paris, France and now residing in Canada) of National Academy of Osteopathy on why she chose to study osteopathy with us:

"The art of gesture that relieves"

I have always loved the human body since childhood. I did not yet know what profession I will do. I knew one thing, that my handicap will make me barrage for certain trades. I have a disability: I'm deaf.

When I communicate with patients, the barrier is present, I read the lips of the patients and if I do not understand, we will either mime or we write on paper.

But thanks to this handicap, I have another sense that has developed: the touch and thanks to the touch, I manage to break the barrier that hangs between the patient and me.
Especially I can feel the body of the patient, his muscles, his bones.

It always requires much more effort, more concentration than a listener, but when this profession becomes a passion, one forgets all the difficulty of the handicap.

You feel stronger, you feel more helpful to help your patient.

What I also like about osteopathy is its originality of not using any medicine or instrument.

I looked for a school of osteopathy and the only school that seemed to me the best was NAO. I feel that this school is listening to each student and allows you to evolve to the maximum, and my handicap did not disturb them which seemed logical to go to them and I thank them very much for being able to make me discover this magnificent trade.




Athletic Therapists Love Osteopathy!

We have many athletic therapists as alumni. Here is a post by National Academy of Osteopathy student certified athletic therapist Marylene Audet, B. Eng., CAT(C), CSCS, FMS2 (from Montreal, Quebec) on why she chose to study osteopathie :

Initially trained as an Aerospace Engineer and now an Athletic Therapist, I found a true passion for the challenges of understanding complex systems from a functional perspective.

The rich set of manual techniques available to the manual osteopath allows a more exhaustive evaluation of the clients to maintain a delicate balance between all the functions of the body and the person as a whole.

What really attracted me to this profession is the gentle, respectful, thoughtful healing touch. One that is rationally exercised to achieve better mind-body movement.

From the fast pace of an Athletic Therapist life, osteopathy is an invitation to reconnect with Nature, appreciate the gift that was given to me: a passion to aid my client reach a balanced life and well-being.




Kinesiologists love osteopathy!

We have many kinesiologists as alumni. Here is a post from kinesiologist Tyler Butt, from Newfoundland:

After learning and practicing techniques at the National Academy of Osteopathy I can with great pride say that this school has provided me with a significant amount of potential to help injured people in the work force.

Dr. Pourgol, along with his amazing staff and professors, presented me with a tremendous amount of knowledge, skills, ideas, and useful business marketing techniques that I will cherish for a lifetime. Dr. Pourgol's lectures regarding Business Management and Clinical Ethics were a lot of information to take in but after watching and learning I can definitely see why this man has become as successful as he is.


Tyler Butt DOMP


Did you know 56% of our alumni are high school graduates without prior health education ?

Kurina Muller, a 20 years old student of National Academy of Osteopathy from Fort Saint John, British Columbia (Canada) is one of them. Here she writes about why she chose to study osteopathy:

When I began my journey to find my ideal career, I never expected it would be in the world of medicine. There were many factors that influenced my decision to become a manual osteopath, including the type of people I would be working with, the ability to still continue my education after years of working in the same field, and the general philosophies and principles behind the profession. That's what I was looking for: a profession. Not a 9 - 5 job that I would mentally clock out of an hour early, but a career that I was proud to say I was a part of; something I looked forward to and something I would continue to look forward to in ten years time.

There are countless career choices, but very few that involve the flexibility and modifiable aspects like osteopathy. It involves working one- on- one with patients, but not in the rushed manner that many medical professions present. As a manual osteopath we are taught to utilize our time with every patient; always adding a little extra time to each appointment to ensure the patient leaves with the reassurance that they have been treated with the best care possible. While being in a tight time- frame may keep you on your toes, at the end of the day I enjoy the feeling that I was thorough and complete with what I accomplished.

In addition to a relaxed work environment, as a manual osteopath the possibilities are endless. With experience you can open your own clinic, work alongside MDs, chiropractors, and other therapists, assist professional athletes in their abilities to remain active, or even just work out of your home. You can also gear your client base to suit your personal preferences, instead of spending hours treating patients while your mind wonders elsewhere. Receiving your manual osteopathy license opens you to a world of potential, with nothing holding you back.

The job of a manual osteopath includes much problem- solving. From one patient to another, one part of the body to the next, each contains their own set of complications and complexities to treat or work around. The brain is a muscle too, and needs to be exercised just as much as any other part of the body, and a job that constantly keeps me problem- solving is a job that makes the work day fly by.

The final quality that drew me to osteopathy was the holistic approach, while also consisting of a solid scientific foundation. As a manual osteopath, you can continue on to obtaining a DO (doctor of osteopathy) degree, or expand your knowledge in the medical field by studying other types of therapies and applying them in your practice. No matter what direction you decide to go with osteopathy, there will always be a patient somewhere who will utilize and appreciate your expertise.

As a 20 year old just joining the working and medical word, the possibilities and places osteopathy will take me in my future are the very reason I chose it. Without tying me down to a dead end job, osteopathy keeps me excited to see where I will be ten months from now, and eager to discover where I will be ten years from now.


Krina Muller


A post from a Canadian fitness champion

I feel confident in my knowledge and abilities thanks to the school that has delivered an experience beyond my expectations, I'm so grateful for the National Academy of Osteopathy and their professors & staff whom have been integral in my success.

Jodi Livingston
Halifax, Nova Scotia


Jodi Livingston


A post from kinesiologist and osteopathy student, Christina Anderson from Beeton, Ontario:

"Dr. Pourgol is the best teacher I have ever had the pleasure to know. I have never met such an intelligent man. He is such a positive influence in my life and I feel grateful everyday to have someone with such influence guiding me."

Christina Anderson


Christina Anderson -   Kinesiologist


Did you know there are about 2000 osteopathic manual practitioners in the states?

American therapist, Johanna Kenworthy (currently living in Montreal, Canada) is one of them. This is part of a post she published about why she chose to study osteopathy at NAO.

I needed a strong curriculum, accreditation, plus a manageable time frame and affordable fees. I also needed a program that I could integrate into my already busy schedule. Although I found many options only the National Academy of Osteopathy (NAO) met all of my criteria.

Not only is the NAO's Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice a recognized professional accreditation in Canada but it expands my ability to bring a new knowledgeable, balanced, well-rounded approach to my clients back in the US. The training I'm receiving in osteopathy-specific manual techniques is an aspect of treatment that was missing in my practice prior to attending the NAO.

Through the connections of NAO immediately together we found an internship at a health and fitness clinic in Montreal, BTT West Island where Frederic Koomsatira, who is a former student of the NAO programming, owns and operates a student clinic out of his business. His clinic has been a refreshing and comforting place to be working side by side with other NAO practitioners in various programs.

I've continued working in the US to fulfill the hands on criteria of our program at my personal office as well as the student clinic in Montreal while taking online courses. In Quebec the language criteria is that everyone speaks French in order to work and you guessed right, I don't speak French.

Thanks to Fred and his clinic once again where most clients are bilingual and our ability to understand one another is one step closer to their health and well being! I feel blessed to have had as many opportunities as barriers cross my path these past six months.

Johanna Kenworthy


Our Interns Offer Miracles on Daily Basis!

Our Interns Offer Miracles on Daily Basis!

Osteopathy does miracles in treating chronic cases. Here is a letter we received from a patient who was treated by NAO intern, Dr Liz Ordonez at National Academy of Osteopathy teaching clinic in Toronto. Dr Ordonez was a veterinarian physician in Mexico who changed her career to osteopathy after moving to Canada.

To whom it may concern:

I'm writing this letter to show my appreciation for the commitment and knowledge Doctor Liz Ordonez Trujillo has been showing in my treatment past few weeks.

I came to your clinic with knee arthritis and pain. After her treatments not only my pain has disappeared but also I was able to resume my jogging. The benefit I have got was significant enough to pursuit me to drive from Oakville to get treatments for my neck pain and rotator cuff tear.

Again thank you for the commitment and excellent service. I have been spreading the word that your clinic and Lisa has been nothing short of amazing.

Best Regards,
Mohsen Zehtabchi

Dr Liz Ordonez


A beautiful post by Nathan Lambert, one of Professor Pourgol's students in St Catharines, Ontario (Canada):

A beautiful post by Nathan Lambert, one of Professor Pourgol's students in St Catharines, Ontario (Canada):

Dr. Pourgol, I owe you everything!

Through your online lectures you taught me to love myself, have faith in myself and what I can accomplish!

Now life obviously isn't just fixed, and "the blur" won't ever just disappear, but a love for Osteopathy has pushed me to heal my soul so that I can better impact others. The core Osteopathic idea that structure governs function speaks to more than just the practice but now to my life. Because of Osteopathy I have my life.

Nathan Lambert


Chiropractors love osteopathy!

Chiropractors love osteopathy!

We have many chiropractors who join us to study osteopathy. Dr Liza Egbogah, DC, DOMP studied chiropractic at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College followed by osteopathy at the National Academy of Osteopathy. Dr Egbogah owns a multidisciplinary clinic in Toronto (Canada) as well as a line of stylish orthopedic shoes that are fashionable while being comfortable ( These pumps have been showcased on numerous TV shows in Canada. Many celebrities are her clients. We are proud to have her as our alumna.

Here is what Dr Egbogah posted on her blog about why she chose to study osteopathy:

The main reason I chose to pursue osteopathy instead of chiropractic is that while chiropractic focuses primarily on spinal manipulation, osteopathy involves head to toe treatment to help the body work more efficiently. Whether someone has a wrist fracture, back pain or a knee injury, manual osteopaths will treat the entire body to optimize functioning. I have always felt that with the multitude of interconnections in the body, addressing the entire system is the only way to effectively treat.

Dr Liza Egbogah DC DOMP


I am happy that Honorable Justin Trudeau the prime minister of Canada and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau write me once in a while! I received these letters recently:

I am happy that Honorable Justin Trudeau the prime minister of Canada and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau write me once in a while! I received these letters recently:

Shahin, your hope, hard work and unwavering support have made it possible to make a real and positive difference in the lives of Canadians. (Justin)
It's your support that has made this important progress possible -- so thank you, Shahin. Justin and I couldn't be more proud to be building this shared home -- a better Canada -- with you at our side. (Sophie)

Shahin Pourgol, MBA, DC, DO, PhD

Canadian Union of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners
National University of Medical Sciences (USA)
National University of Medical Sciences (Spain)
National Academy of Osteopathy (Canada)
Osteopathy TV




To become successful you must learn how to manage your business effectively.

To become successful you must learn how to manage your business effectively. That is why we teach our students everything we know about business. The result is that we graduate successful manual osteopaths. Our business management & life improvement lectures are quite popular with our students.

Physiotherapist Renee Soong traveled all the way from Malaysia to attend the on-campus Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice (D.O.M.P.) program of NAO in Toronto and we are so grateful for her dedication to study osteopathy. Here is part of the post she published about her education at NAO.

"After enrolling at National Academy of Osteopathy, I was amazed by the teaching method conducted by NAO which is entirely different compared to conventional method of teaching.
Therefore, it is easier to learn most of the subjects, especially practical sessions than learning in other learning institutions.
What I learnt the most from NAO is the life philosophies and business ideas shared by Dr Pourgol. This makes NAO unique compare to other institutions."


Renee Soong


Business Management & Self Improvement in Osteopathic Education

We offer more than osteopathic education. We graduate successful manual osteopaths because we teach them everything we know about business and self improvement. Here is an email received from one of Dr Pourgol's students in Toronto (Ontario, Canada).

Hi Dr. Pourgol,
When I signed up to study Osteopathy through online studies I had no idea that I would gain more than Osteopathy knowledge. Ever since I watched the Schultz hour lecture in the Business management module my life has never been the same. I am a single mother of 3 and work in a hectic health setting and now deliberately take time every week to myself to relax and allow my Frontal Cortex to work. This has helped me not only to visualize how I want to pursue my career as a Manual Osteopath after graduation but also helped me put my personal life into perspective.
I will never forget this lecture and appreciate all you do to inspire us to think bigger than our current limitations.
Vez Nkomo

Vez Nkomo


Registered massage therapist Amanda Marshall writes about NAO

I started to look at various school and which ones would be best to attend for the osteopathy program. I did my research and compared many of the schools and National Academy of Osteopathy (NAO) was the one I found to be the best.

I am currently an online student at NAO. I am definitely enjoying what I have learned so far, it is quite interesting. I love the new osteopathic techniques that I have been learning and the business side of things as well.

Based on what I have learned so far, I do feel like this school really prepares you and teaches you how to make more and keep more in your pocket instead of always having to dish out you hard working money.

Amanda Marshall RMT


World famous natural health expert

World famous natural health expert, American naprapath & osteopath, Dr Daniel Nuzum (from Idaho, USA) is one of our alumni as well as being one of our professors. Dr Nuzum also serves as a member of Board of Governors of National University of Medical Sciences. Thank you Dr Nuzum for this kind and beautiful post.

Today I wish to honor my good friend Dr. Shahin Pourgol. He is an amazing Doctor, friend and President of a University. He has impeccable integrity and is always striving to improve himself, his family and his University. Thank you Dr. Pourgol for all that you do for us at both National Academy of Osteopathy and the National University of Medical Sciences!

Dr. Daniel Nuzum

Dr Nuzum and family - Idaho


Registered massage therapist Rachel Orr, RMT writes about NAO

I knew I was not helping my clients to manage pain and symptoms in the most efficient and effective way possible, because there was so much more to know and a whole different way to think about it. Osteopathy was that magical knowledge that was just out of my grasp.

I had made a plan that after 5 years as an R.M.T. I would enroll in an Osteopathic college. The day had come and I enrolled to find out something even more magical had happened, and I was pregnant with my daughter.

I resolved that to get one dream, others have to put on hold or abandoned. After having children, time and money become obstacles that are harder to overcome than in our younger more "fancy-free" days. Plus, 4-5 years at an Osteopathic College, with a young child, not to mention the cost, and I was already down to part time as a massage therapist. It didn't make sense anymore. The money and time were just not there. So I put my dream of being a Manual Osteopath to the back of my mind and that was that.

A few years later, a dear friend of mine reminded me of my long lost dream. Life had settled some, there was a little more time and a little more money, but again it still didn't justify 4-5 years and the cost of a university education in my 40's. Sometimes dreams just don't get to come true.

My friend had found a school, National Academy of Osteopathy in North York, Ontario, and I could get my dream in 6 months full time or a year part time AND still work and be home with my daughter for a fraction of the cost of the 4 and 5 year schools? What?! Not possible I said! Can't be true! I don't believe it... what's the catch? Can't be a real school! It is, it really is. I called the Registrar (to the point of abuse!) to confirm it is indeed a real school and they condense the program so you can get it done and get your dream!

Dr. Shahin Pourgol loves osteopathy and wants you to take the program in its entirety in a condensed time frame so you can get out and work and share Osteopathy with the world. It's a genius concept and I am so grateful. Without his forward thinking I would have missed out on a profession I have so deeply found meaning and success in!

Thank you Dr. Pourgol from the bottom of my heart. Your passion and forward thinking have allowed so many of us to gain this knowledge and make you proud.

To try it for yourself, please contact me at and let me introduce you to a whole new way of healing!

Rachel Orr RMT DOMP


The wisdom of organized simplicity

This is an email received by Professor Pourgol today from dermatologist Dr. Daria Serashova, MD who is a part time student of National Academy of Osteopathy at the York University Heights campus of NAO in Toronto.

Thank you Dr. P,

You are one of the few teachers in Canada who is able to actually teach students something useful, which they can further apply in their professional lives. This makes students always remember you with gratitude in their hearts.

You can't imagine how much I appreciate your approach to education; I call it "the wisdom of organized simplicity". If a person can make complicated subjects simple - he is a master, you are the true master of wisdom in the field of osteopathic education. Did I mention that you are the best teacher? I will continue to follow your insights ...they are great. You have a good influence on me, thank you!!!

Dr. Daria Serashova


Our Students Provide Amazing Osteopathic Care!

We have a number of students who joined us after receiving a treatment from one of our alumni. Kinesiologist Matthew Bruce is one of them.

The way we teach osteopathy is unique and highly effective as we focus on techniques that are systematic, global and research proven. Here is what Matthew posted recently:

"I had a personal experience with chronic pain when I had a snowboarding accident and injured my knee. I tried different types of treatments but found Osteopathy very hands on and very different from the other health professions. There is a very high sense of care for the patients. It convinced me that this was the career I wanted to pursue.

I researched several schools and received treatments from their respective student clinics and chose the National Academy of Osteopathy’s (NAO) full time advanced program for my education."

Matthew Bruce


Our Alumni Have 98% Job Satisfaction Rate

Our graduates provide the best osteopathic care possible, as we focus on techniques that are systematic, global, and scientifically proven to be effective. Our alumni routinely help chronic last resort cases that could not be helped by other health professionals.

This is why our graduates have a 98% job satisfaction rate, the highest among all other health professionals.

Here is a post by Dr Ernest Makram, MD, DOMP, DO (Spain) (from Oakville, Ontario, Canada), a graduate of National Academy of Osteopathy & National University of Medical Sciences (Spain):

"Today I had a patient, a kinesiology graduate who works as an athletic therapist. This patient was treated regularly by a chiropractor and manual osteopath (not a graduate of NAO or NUMSS), it was a challenge for me, but the response after I finished the session was "wow" (I wrote the word as it is said), I had a very good feeling that I was able to help this patient."

Dr Ernest Makram


Try manual osteopathy before surgery

Dr Mehrdad Darvish an orthopedic surgeon with post specialty fellowship in ankle & foot surgery from Germany is one of our osteopathy students.

In a post published recently, Dr Darvish mentions that since incorporating osteopathic care into his surgical practice, the number of surgeries as well as injections in his practice has decreased which not only decreases risks, surgical complications and pain for patients; it also reduces health care costs.

Osteopathy does wonders in treating chronic pain. Physicians & surgeons can cut a large number of invasive medical procedures by adding osteopathic care to their practices.

Here is the post from Dr Darvish:

I am Dr. Mehrdad Dervish, an orthopedic specialist from the University of Shahid Beheshti in Tehran, and a foot and ankle surgery, fracture and sports injury fellowship from Germany.

From 2012, I became acquainted with the discipline of osteopathy. Osteopathy is very effective in improving chronic pain, and can be very helpful in cases such as chronic low back pain or shoulder pain, and even pelvic and knee pain that do not respond to common treatments.

I use these techniques in my surgical practice to decrease the risk of surgery and its complications on my patients. These techniques can lower the cost of treatments for patients and eliminate potential dangers of surgery, such as infection and bleeding, anesthesia and hospitalization.

Patients are very pleased with osteopathy and even the use of injections have been reduced in my practice in some cases. This method is complementary to orthopedic techniques and is a substitute for more aggressive methods.

Dr mehrdad Darvish


Did you know we help many International Medical Graduates work in Canada as health professionals?

It takes foreign graduated physiotherapists usually about five years to obtain a license to practice as a physiotherapist in Canada. Many of these IMGs choose to study osteopathy at National Academy of Osteopathy which enables them to start working after 6 months of osteopathic educations in Canada.

Many of these IMGs remain as manual osteopaths because with 98% rate, manual osteopaths have the highest job satisfaction of all other health professions. This is mainly due to the success of osteopathy in treating chronic last resort cases.

Here is a post from Elias, a foreign graduated physiotherapist who is an NAO student:

Like many immigrant healthcare professionals, the biggest barrier to practicing in this country is my lack of Canadian credentials. Although I arrived in Canada with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy, a diploma in Rhythmic Massage, a lifetime of self-directed study and 20 years of practical therapeutic experience, the path to success remains elusive. I have found part-time work at an advanced health clinic in Toronto and take on private clients but without Canadian credentials my clients cannot claim my treatments for insurance purposes. I had to obtain the Canadian credentials that would build on my already considerable knowledge and experience as a therapist.

Through much research it became obvious that obtaining my credentials as a Manual Osteopathic Practitioner would be the perfect fit. This gentle, effective, supportive therapy integrated with the other techniques that I use would be of great benefit to my clients. Finding the appropriate school was the next step. I needed a strong curriculum, accreditation, plus a manageable time frame and affordable fees. I had to continue working while I attended the courses so I also needed a program that I could integrate into my already busy schedule. Although I found many options available only the National Academy of Osteopathy (NAO) met all of my criteria.

My recent participation in the NAO's accelerated six month program is just what I required. Not only is the NAO's Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice a recognized professional accreditation in Canada but it expands my ability to bring a knowledgeable, balanced, well-rounded approach to my clients. The training I'm receiving in osteopathy-specific manual techniques is an aspect of treatment that was missing in my practice prior to attending the NAO.

The ability to safely and effectively relieve my client's pain by manipulating their joints using these new osteopathy methods adds another tool in my kit as a therapist. I am already able to integrate these new techniques into my client's treatment sessions with measurable results.

I have never felt comfortable with the business aspect of my work. I always felt a mild anxiety whenever I had to deal with money or paperwork concerning my practice. Through the many business lectures at the NAO I am learning key components that clarify my understanding of best practices and stress the logical steps that are required to running a successful business in Canada. The strong business component at the NAO is foundational and helping me chart a manageable course so I can take my therapeutic practice to the next level with confidence.

Osteopathy's emphasis on the interrelationship between the structure and function of the body strengthens my ability to assist my clients and ensures they receive the best care and optimal relief from their symptoms. The osteopathy-specific techniques of manual manipulation and massage of the bones, muscles, and joints is enhancing my ability to not only diagnose but to effectively treat my clients. The application of these techniques coupled with solid business practices is providing the sound foundation that I require to offer the optimal healthcare benefits and financial experience my clients expect.




Did you know we have alumni in 68 countries including Vietnam?

We have expanded osteopathy to more countries than any other school in the past 140 years. Here is a post from one of our students in Vietnam.

My name is Stephane Laporte. I live in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. I am a DOMP from NAO and a BSc (O) and DO (Spain) from NUMSS. I am also a Certified Personal Trainer (ACSM) and a Certified Triathlon Coach (ITCA).
To me, finding a recognized school was of primordial importance. The quality of the teaching is primordial. Over the 4 years that I have spent with the National Academy of Osteopathy and the National University of Medical Sciences, I have seen teachers that gave me a strong will to study and some highly skilled professors who would always challenge me to study more. I am now stuck in that routine of self-education, on top of the materials provided by the school, and I love it! I learn everyday more and more fascinating things and feel like I understand the body so much better than I thought. Or more like: I understand how much I didn't understand the human body before.

I enjoyed that the first year, the online videos were posted in a structured daily manner, to ease into this new contemporary way of learning. I enjoyed that the hours were flexible due to the distance learning nature of the program I chose. However, this did not mean less hours of studying at all!

As I went through the program, the videos got better, the fact that you can now send videos of yourself to your teachers for review, the homework given by the professors, the hands on classes, all of this contributes to me feeling proud of studying at NUMSS.

I still have a few hours to do to complete my 1,000 hours of clinical training, but I was lucky enough to have attended many workshops and trainings in clinics available in my region.

What I didn't expect was very useful business education, how to set up a clinic, how to manage it and cope with the legal aspects of it. It's so important, because once you've graduated, what do you do? You need to have a plan so you can use your talents in real life. If you can't fill up the paperwork to be able to legally work, all those skills you've spent so much time to learn might go to waste. The University makes sure you are not alone, with a strong business education and a solid and hyperactive alumni network.

I have applied for another degree, but have been on waiting list for a year, that's how in-demand NUMSS is.

Stephane Laporte DOMP DO


NAO student Alina Turturica

OMG, Dr. Pourgol. I've watched your lecture about the power of self suggestion. I learned new things about the functioning of conscious and subconscious minds, but also laughed so hard tears ran down my face. I enjoy studying so much. I can't wait to wake up every morning and turn on my laptop.

You already inspire me on so many levels I look forward to getting to know you better and starting the program. If I thought I was excited to study osteopathy before, now I am 100% convinced that this is what I would like to do for the rest of my life.

I look forward to starting the class in September. I wish you a pleasant evening!

The above post was from NAO student Alina Turturica, a massage therapist from Romania who is attending the National Academy of Osteopathy campus based osteopathy program this coming September 2017.


Alina Turturica from Romania

Our 2nd Student Working in a Hospital

We have many students working in hospitals as physiotherapists & physicians. However until now we just had one student who was working as an osteopath in a hospital in UAE. Now we found out another student, Stéphane Laporte, DOMP, DO (a graduate of National University of Medical Sciences & National Academy of Osteopathy) has secured a position as an osteopath in Vietnam. We are so proud of him!

This is an email sent today to Dr Pourgol by Stephane:
This email is to send you a heartfelt thank you for your guidance in the field of Osteopathy. Thanks to you and your education, I am now working in a major JCI accredited hospital in the physical therapy and rehabilitation department. It's a great experience, working in a team of therapists. This is of course the very beginning, and I look forward to grow fast in personal development and to apply the lessons from the NAO & NUMSS business lectures."


Stephane Laporte DOMP DO    Vietnam

Our Student Chosen as One of 50 Outstanding Canadians!

National Academy of Osteopathy alumnus, manual osteopath & Jujitsu master Raz Chan, DOMP (from Vancouver, British Columbia) has been officially chosen today as one of Canada's 50 outstanding Canadians for his charitable work with disadvantage youth; helping build confident kids through sport and after school programs. In the past 3 years he has brought thousands of dollars worth of food for breakfast programs for kids.

We have such great students! They make me so proud! Thank you Raz for being such a great human being. You made us so happy!

Jodi Livingston

A post by our student Jodi, who is a Canadian Fitness Champion:

When I started this program (diploma in osteopathic manual practice) I wasn't sure if I could do it, but honestly my school is the best and the amount of knowledge I have gained is immeasurable!
National Academy of Osteopathy has the best profs, staff and alumni that are always available to answer questions.
Osteopathy is such an amazing profession!! I am so excited to embark on this next chapter and coincide it with Lean Aesthetics.

Jodi Livingston
5X Canadian Bodybuilding Federation National Competitor

Jodi Livingston

If you are thinking of getting into manual therapy

If you are thinking of getting into manual therapy, I highly suggest checking out the National Academy of Osteopathy, the best education I have received thus far in my life! I am so glad I chose this school to further my education.

Samer Naoum
National Academy of Osteopathy student- Kuwait

Thank you Samer for the wonderful post. We are grateful to you all for choosing NAO for your osteopathic education.



Migraine gone after 18 years with osteopathic care after all other therapies failed!

Osteopathy does miracles in treating chronic pain. No other profession is as effective in treating chronic pain as osteopathy.

Here is a testimonial from a patient that was treated by manual osteopath Trevor Cragg (a graduate of National Academy of Osteopathy, and current student of the doctor of osteopathy (DO) program of National University of Medical Sciences. Trevor practices in Uxbridge, Ontario at Balanced Body Osteopathy (

Here is the testimonial:
As a sufferer of severe migraines for over 18 years, I had tried pretty much everything in search of finding pain relief. From traditional medicine to massage, chiropractor, acupuncture, reike, reflexology, diets, homeopathic medicine, and bowen. Over the last few years the migraines had increased in frequency of up to three times per week with a soaring pain scale that left me in bed, feeling debilitated and unable to do anything. I was desperate to find something to relieve this pain. Just before hearing about Trevor, I was sent to another neurologist who, after reading my file, decided I needed to go on anti-seizure medication. This is something I did not want to do and I was feeling hopeless. A co-worker and her husband both recommended I go see Trevor Cragg at Balanced Body Osteopathy. Since osteopathy was something I had never tried before I was ready to give it a shot. Within the first few treatments that I had with Trevor, I felt a substantial amount of change and relief from pain. Over the course of my cranial treatments, Trevor released all of the tension in the back my neck and made gentle corrections to my cranial structure. After each treatment, I noticed major improvements and the overall intensity of my migraines drastically decreased. After 18 years of pain, I am now finally gaining my life back and am on no medication whatsoever. My only regret is that I wish I had gone to see him sooner. Thank you Trevor for caring, explaining and answering all my questions along the way. I highly recommend anyone, who experiences migraines or has had any type of head trauma, to seek cranial treatments from Trevor. It has made a world of difference for me. Thank you Trevor.

Lisa Black, RVT


Trevor Cragg DOMPNAO  NUMSS   student

A letter from one of our students in Mexico:

Dear Dr. Pourgol
I first want to thank you for the great lectures the school has. I've passed through other Osteopathy schools and none of them have taught me how to become a real osteopath as this school does.
I live in México City, single mom of two boys, and osteopathy has become very important to me, a way of life.
I'm very proud to be part of the best osteopaths in the world.

Astrid Klee


Astrid Klee

This is so CUTE!!!! :)

NAOstudent Karen Lane posted this today. This boy is seriously cute!

"My oldest boy (2.5 years old) taking in a Dr.P MOB lecture. Future manual osteopath in the making??"


Karen Lane

A post by American athlete, personal trainer and osteopathic manual practitioner, Chaynade Knowles (from Texas), an alumna of National Academy of Osteopathy and National University of Medical Sciences (Spain):

"So it has been a long road. I graduated with my diploma from NAO in 2015 and will be now graduating with my doctorate from NUMSS...... Manual osteopathy is my field and it is what I love to do.......I chose NAO and then jumped right into NUMSS, and I do not regret a thing. These schools while young are growing like wild fire and I am so excited to have been there for the beginning years. If you are looking for a school of well rounded students, with people that want to learn and teachers that have a passion for teaching then check them out.
So I say goodbye to Chaynade Knowles and say hello to Chaynade Knowles Doctor of Osteopathy of Spain, Manual Practitioner."

Chaynade Knowles

President of British Columbia Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners writes about NAO:

Business Lectures at NAO are the BEST!

Hi all,

While studying Manual Osteopathy at The National Academy of Osteopathy, in Toronto, ON, I was fortunate to get online access to the Manual Osteopathy Practice: Business, law, Jurisprudence lectures by Dr. Pourgol. While NAO has a number of great teachers from diverse backgrounds, Dr. Pourgol’s Business and Ethics Lectures are the most interesting and directly applicable lectures I’ve ever seen.

These lectures provide a wealth of information on every aspect of running a health industry business, from how to structure the business to how to deal with common, or potentially difficult, situations. The many lectures on marketing and advertising makes finding clients easy, so filling my practice only took a few months (rather than a few years).

Mark MacKenzie, DOMP (Graduated 2015)
Golden, BC


Mark Mackenzie DOMP

A Post from an NAO Student in Toronto :

The National Academy of Osteopathy is one of the best schools in Canada if not the world which teaches the techniques of Manual Osteopathy.

I attended the school via on-line courses and graduated in September 2016. I did get a real feeling for all of the professors who were always available to answer questions. Their expertise was evident in the preparation of their lectures and the practical aspects of the courses. For me the program was difficult, challenging, inspiring and eye-opening.

One of my favorite teachers although I was impressed with all of them, was Dr. Ari Chow. Her command of her subject: Anatomy was inspiring and she was so enthusiastic that she made the topic so interesting. It turned out to be my most difficult subject and one that will always interest me.

I really enjoyed the Director- Dr. Shahin Pourgol and was always telling my friends about his business ideas and his adventures. His lectures and demonstrations were comprehensive and challenging and his school requires a real commitment from the students but in the end it is so rewarding.

Frances Galszechy, DOMP
Toronto, ON, Canada


Galszechy Frances

A letter from NAO graduate, Michaela Von Pfetten, DOMP:

Dear Dr. Pourgol,

Thank you again, for everything. Your lectures and instructions have been motivating and inspirational. The great atmosphere on campus carried and encouraged me. Everyone is always friendly and humorous, helpful, understanding and kind.

I appreciate your dedication to us, your students, tremendously. Whenever I had questions or concerns, you were available. Your business lectures are invaluable and truly priceless and I have been following them from day one.

I am honoured and happy to continue my studies with the DO program. The students I know who are also taking the DO program have only the best things to say about it. I am excited!

I think it was on the first or second lecture that you encouraged us to make a vision board. I made mine right away and the biggest picture was a print out of you and a former student, holding his diploma. One day, I knew, I was going to replace that picture with one of you and me, and my diploma. Mission accomplished, Sir!

There is a proverb along the lines of "people forget what you said to them but they will never forget how you made them feel" (or similar). With you, dear Dr. Pourgol, I will never forget the things you said, and I will never forget how you made me feel: You made me feel that I can do it! And so I did!

With gratitude and a big smile,



Michaela with Dr Pourgol

Thank you Dani. You are amazing!

One of our top students in London (Ontario, Canada), manual osteopath Dani Reid, DOMP made such a great impression on one of her patients that made her enrol with us to study osteopathy!

Additionally Dani took this student, Janine Noorloos under her wings to practice techniques with her. Janine told us today about this. When Dr Pourgol contacted Dani to thank her, this is what she answered:

"Janine was an MVA client from a year ago. She had concussion and migraines that was affecting her violin playing. She ended up getting full ride scholarship to Laurier University for music AND business. She told me however she really wanted to be a manual osteopath because of time spent with me while getting better. Receiving that was one of the best moments of my life. I can only imagine how many emails like that you must get in a week Dr Pourgol. I try to teach her and be very supportive like how you approach. I can't wait for her to meet you! Thanks for being such a positive energy and example."

Students like Dani make us so proud. They are truly our ambassadors. We have many students who enrolled to study osteopathy at NAO after being treated by our alumni. Our alumni are the best manual osteopaths in the world!


Dani ReidDOMP

Nova Scotia Kinesiologist / manual osteopath writes about NAO:

"Studying at NAO changed my life, for the best. While choosing career options in this field, I found NAO. Living in a small rural Nova Scotia town (Clare), I saw myself moving to another province in order to become a manual osteopath.

What I liked the most about NAO is that I was able to apply for the accelerated online program as I was a Kinesiologist. The best part about NAO wasn`t the long distance education but the interaction with professors and mentors from the school. They were all so helpful and they wanted to make sure you exceeded in the program. I had started my program in the spring session, March 2016 and graduated with a diploma in manual osteopathy in August 2016.

The course that was most valuable to me was the business management and ethics classes. I was most scared in taking these two classes from my entire program as I had no prior experience or knowledge about business management. The professor teaching these classes was also the director of NAO, Dr. Shahin Pourgol. His teaching style was the reason I loved the classes so much, they were straight to the point and everything had clear explanations.

This summer I plan on making a big move to another province and starting my career as a manual osteopath. Other ambitions also include enrolling in the D.O. (Spain) program offered through NUMSS in the near future.

Cheryl Pothier, DOMP"


Cheryl Pothier

A post from National Academy of Osteopathy student, Jackelyn Hurtado:

My professor, Dr.Pourgol is a man whom I truly admire. He opened National Academy of Osteopathy and expanded manual osteopathy tremendously. Thanks to him, manual osteopathy is being taught in 68 countries!

I have been practicing the manual osteopathy techniques on my dad and 2 days ago, he told me that the chronic back pain he felt, he could no longer feel. He was more shocked than ever because he thought he would be living with this pain for the rest of his life. We were both overjoyed and I was so happy that as his daughter, I helped ease his pain. My heart was filled with happiness. The look on my dads face was truly heartwarming. Also, I truly am grateful that my good friend, Nicholas Zancai introduced me to NAO and the world of manual osteopathy. I already tell him enough times how happy and grateful I am.

Again, Dr.Pourgol thank you so much for being an amazing teacher and teaching many individuals manual osteopathy. You truly are helping many people around the world.


Jackelyn Hurtado - National Academy   of Osteopathy student - 2017

Kinesiologist writes about NAO:

"Choosing National Academy of Osteopathy was the best choice for me.

Dr. Pourgol is always encouraging and passionate about his students being successful and shares every bit of knowledge he has to help us succeed. Also you always have the professor and teaching assistants there with you to learn the correct way to do all techniques. Plus you have flexibility with the way you want to approach each course since all material is there online when you need it. Beyond that, the Business classes stand out for me the most since they teach you how to continue your success and build the best practice you can as a manual osteopath beyond graduation. Menashe Rakhamimov
Maple, Ontario"



Why am I the happiest teacher in the world?

Because I have the best students in the world! Students who listen to my business lectures, then implement what I teach to become successful.

Including osteopath, Ann Shivas, DOMP, from Montreal, a past member of the National Soccer Team of Canada, who this week celebrated her birthday in Paris, France! And this is what she wrote me after I wished her a happy birthday:

"Thank you Dr. Wouldn't have been able to go without your business lectures! :) "

Shahin Pourgol, MBA, DC, DO, PhD
Manual Osteopath


Ann ShivasDOMP

Registered massage therapist & manual osteopath, Shannon Donison, RMT, DOMP (from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) writes why she chose NAO:

.............My research in schools led me to the National Academy of Osteopathy. I did look at the other schools in Canada as well, but they were set up as a part time program in which students attended 1 week about 6-8 times per year, over 4-5 years. I debated going that route, but in the end decided to do the full time study program with NAO, an online program with hands on practical training at the end.

Yes, online learning is extremely effective even in this type of training, contrary to what some people may think................The NAO education portal is set up fantastically, with great video lectures, all of which have been updated recently, and more videos are added on an ongoing basis. With online education I get to work at my own pace, and if I need to watch a lecture over again, I can do so as many times as I like.

One of the things that I love about the NAO founder, Dr. Shahin Pourgol, is that at various times throughout the year he will allow access to the education portal for alumni, so that we can review and watch the latest additions and updated lectures. Very generous, and without the online side of the school, not possible.

The Visceral class was the one that I really had a hard time getting into initially, the hardest of all of them actually. But then, along came Dr. Oleg Bagrin, and a whole new series of video lectures! That was a total turnaround, and a fantastic addition to the curriculum, as he is a great teacher. I'm looking forward to watching all of his video lectures again, and learning more from him in the future, so I can apply these techniques in my practice.

Shannon Donison RMT DOMP

Fitness trainer, Shannon Uppington, from Orangeville (Ontario, Canada) writes about why she chose National Academy of Osteopathy:

....Choosing to study at NAO has to be one of the best decisions I have ever made. The hands on classes and the online videos have allowed me to practice and study at my own pace and get help when I need it. I have learned so much in my time at NAO and I am excited to go to class each day.

The professors are all very knowledgeable, passionate and personable. It has been an incredible experience to learn from them. The experience that I am also gaining in the clinical component has been amazing.

Aside from the lectures on osteopathy, exercise, biomechanics and more, the business lectures are second to none. Each lecture provides you with many valuable tips that you can use to help build your dream business after graduation – I cannot wait to start using them!

I have nothing but positive things to say about NAO. Each class my passion for my new profession grows. I would recommend Osteopathy and NAO to anyone who is interested in a career in the health and wellness industry, I guarantee you will not be disappointed!

Shannon Uppington

A beautiful message from student Gail MacDonald from Hamilton (Ontario,Canada):

"Dr. Pourgol, I came across a quote today that I would like to share with you:

"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." William Arthur Ward. You sir, inspire!!"


Gail MacDonald

Acupuncturist / manual osteopath Jaimy Chua from Kitchener (Ontario, Canada) writes about NAO & Dr Pourgol:

My education at NAO has really changed my practice and is a great complement to my already existing skill set as an Acupuncturist. Patients are seeing great results and I am so thankful to have studied at NAO.

What I found most interesting of my education there is the marketing and business classes. I learned quickly going into practice that without these essential skills, I couldn't help anyone, no matter how great of a practitioner I am. Dr. Pourgol was the catalyst to help change my headspace and really bring my practice to another level. He is forward-thinking, cares for his students and is an inspiring person. In my opinion, just the marketing/business classes alone is worth the tuition.

I am forever grateful!

Jaimy Chua DOMP

Kinesiologist & manual osteopath, Tiffanie Bruneau, BKIN, DOMP, from Winnipeg (Manitoba, Canada) writes about why she chose to study osteopathy:

.....Choosing osteopathy as a profession has been the single most 'right' decision I have made in my pursuit of finding a career I can be proud and happy to do every day...... I found the National Academy of Osteopathy had the best options for me with my current education, I spoke with my fiancé and asked if we could hold off our wedding so that I could pursue my diploma in osteopathic manual therapy! He agreed this was an invaluable opportunity and I sent in my application. I was accepted and began my studies!........

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Tiffanie Bruneau  BKIN DOMP

Morgan Nicholson writes about why she chose to study at NAO:

..........After looking into a few schools in Ontario I chose the National Academy of Osteopathy (NAO) for my post grad education. NAO has been a great place to learn and I am lucky to be a part of a community that I know will continue to support each other in our careers long after graduation.......

Morgan Nicholson - NAO student

Student From Kuwait Writes about NAO:

Samer Naoum, A National Academy of Osteopathy student from Kuwait posted this today on his Facebook. We are always glad to hear from happy students!

"From an Online NAO DOMP program student from Kuwait, I just want to share, 2 months into the program and I am absolutely loving it, the expansion of knowledge on the human body is amazing and the flexibility of learning with the on-demand access to the content with the hard drive is just perfect!"

Samer Naoum

MIGRAINE gone after one OSTEOPATHIC treatment:

What our alumni do seem like a miracle sometimes.

We just found out manual osteopath Nicholas Zancai, DOMP a graduate of National Academy of Osteopathy and one of its teacher assistants, treated a patient in Burlington (Ontario, Canada) who was suffering from migraine. Right after first osteopathic session the migraine was completely cured 100%.

This patient had seen his family physician, a chiropractor and a number of other health professionals without result. He was referred to Nicholas and got cured in one session.

This is the power of osteopathy. We hear cases like this all the time from patients of our alumni.

Nicholas receives a lot of referrals from massage therapists, physiotherapists, naturopaths and family physicians because of his ability to treat chronic pain. He is fully booked until June 2017. There is a month long waiting list for patients to make an appointment with him. He charges $110 per hour of osteopathic care. His fee is set to increase to $140 per hour in near future.

Thank you Nicholas! You make us so proud!


Nicholas Zancai

Our student writes about benefits of online education & the external hard drive

Canadian manual osteopath & registered massage therapist, Thomas Andrew practices in Bermuda, charging $400 Canadian ($300 US) for 90 minutes of osteopathic care. Thomas is a graduate of the National Academy of Osteopathy and is currently taking the doctor of osteopathy program of National University of Medical Sciences (Spain).


I am so happy I have my classes on new hard drive...there are benefits to having classes stored. In a classroom setting it's a one shot deal. The lecture happened, its over whether you get it or not....I can get my professor to repeat his words and demonstrations over and over for ever...without driving him crazy...I think students can learn more from their lectures in this manner ....there is a positive side to everything ....getting the hard drive was the best move I could make. No freezing sputtering and frustration....some lectures I listen through a wireless headset as I do chores ....the very best..for many years to come...


NUMSS hard drive

$400 per 90 minutes of osteopathic care:

National Academy of Osteopathy graduate, manual osteopath & registered massage therapist Thomas Andrew seen here with NAO president, Dr Shahin Pourgol in April 06, 2016, charges $300 US (about $400 Canadian) per 90 minutes of Osteopathic care provided to cash patients.

Thomas is a Canadian who practices in the island of Bermuda.

Previously the record of highest fee charged was by an NAO graduate practicing in London (Ontario) who charged $270 (Canadian) per hour

Congratulations Thomas. We are so proud of you.


NAO graduate Thomas Andrew with Dr   Pourgol

A post from an NAO student:

Really enjoying the program so far. Positive life change for sure :)

Karen Lynch
National Academy of Osteopathy student
St John's, Newfoundland & Labrador (Canada)


Karen Lynch NAO student

A post from an NAO student:

I'm enjoying studying osteopathy at the NAO. Great class and staff. Had an amazing first week of school. I'm very Happy!

Matthew Bruce
National Academy of Osteopathy student
Class of March 2017


Matthew Bruce - NAO student

A letter we received today from a graduate of NAO in Vancouver:

I just wanted to write this testimonial to say thank you to Dr. Pourgol, and everyone at The National Academy of Osteopathy. Being one of the first graduates from BC in 2012, I have seen the tremendous growth of osteopathy thanks to his efforts. The one key lesson that I always remembered from Dr. Pourgol is how to build a business.

With this in entrepreneurial spirit in mind, I used my credentials from NAO to open doors outside of a traditional practice such as professional speaking, author, and now information products. His guidance helped me think outside of the box for business this is missing from other osteopathy programs out there. For this, I will always thankful for having the opportunity to study at NAO


Professor Raz Chan, BA, DOMP

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, Bestselling Author & Speaker


Raz Chan DOMPNational Academy of   Osteopathy graduate

A post from an NAO student:

So why did I chose osteopathy?

Visiting the National Academy of Osteopathy for a treatment was the best decision I ever made. That visit opened my eyes to a bigger and brighter future as I knew this was the perfect opportunity to enliven my mind into such an intriguing field where I knew I was highly motivated to succeed in.

The online videos and interactive classes allowed me put my hands on skills to use and still let me work at my own pace. I was able to get help when I needed it the most and also have the chance learn so much more! This program did not only teach me about osteopathy but also the fundamentals of opening my own business, so I can continue to strive and succeed in my future endeavors.

It is an honor to be taught by such knowledgeable and passionate teachers. Each professor brought such unique expertise and wisdom to share. Every day was filled with new ideas and skills I could use in my dream business. After completing this program, all I can say is positive and warm things about this school. I would definitely recommend every student to look into NAO's Osteopathy program.

Sukhi Manku

National Academy of Osteopathy Student
Class of September 2016


Sukhi Manku

Registered nurse & manual osteopath Candace Terry, RN, DOMP writes about why she chose National Academy of Osteopathy:

After twenty-two years of nursing, I was at a point in my career that I needed a change. I met a Manual Osteopath during a training session for concussion analysis and treatment. I was very interested and started to look up what Manual Osteopathy was and quickly discovered that manual osteopathy coincided with my beliefs of treating a person as a whole. So I started to look into the different schools that offered manual osteopathy. Finally deciding on NAO (National Academy of Osteopathy) and I am so happy I did. I first selected NAO because it allowed me to do full time courses online. It also had very good reviews from past students, even students that had attended other Manual Osteopathy schools then went to NAO. When I started, the passion for manual osteopathy Dr. Pourgol conveyed when he was teaching made it feel like he was right in the room with you. His love for Manual Osteopathy made me want to learn more and more. Then when I went to Toronto for the 2 week hands-on, seeing the team in-person made me feel like I was part of a special family. The love I have for my new profession just increased tenfold. The business classes were above and beyond what I was expecting. There were many times I said "I wish I knew that before" or "Wow. That makes so much sense." I even caught my husband hanging around when I was watching my classes and saying quietly "Hmm", "Okay", and "Yes". I am looking forward to doing the dual degree BSc (O) and DO (Spain).

Thank you..

Candace Terry RN DOMP
Can Save Lives Treatment & Training Centre


Candace Terry DOMP

A letter from our student in Uxbridge, Ontario:
Hey Dr. Pourgol;

....It's been an incredible journey thus far practicing and building a business... My decision to study Osteopathy at NAO was one of the best! You have truly given me the power and ability to carve out my own path in life. The tools that I have acquired though your guidance has already changed the lives of many!!! I am forever thankful :) I am ready to continue my education through NUMSS. I am contemplating between the DO or the DO/BSc (osteopathy) combo....

Thanks so much!!

Trevor Cragg, DOMP
Balanced Body Osteopathy


Trevor Cragg DOMP

Shea Andersen, DOMP writes about why he chose to study at National Academy of Osteopathy.

Why I chose National Academy of Osteopathy

Following a year abroad spent as an English Teacher I returned to Canada unsure of what I wanted to do in life or where I wanted my career to take me. Being brought up in a home where alternative and natural medicine was a core belief and regular practice I’ve always known this was an area I wanted to pursue but I wasn’t sure in what capacity or role. During a discussion one night with my father, a Naturopath and Chiropractor, he told me about the emerging field of Osteopathy, which immediately sparked my interest. After doing some research on the subject and the Canadian institutions offering this program we decided to enrol, together, at the National Academy of Osteopathy (NAO). Given the reviews, tuition, pre-requisites, and course timeline we agreed - this was definitely the college to choose.

Following my enrolment I began taking classes online. As a mature student and working professional I benefited greatly from the online courses and the flexibility to study on my own time. I particularly enjoyed the technique videos which allowed me to practice at my own pace; having instant access to these helped me to develop my skills and abilities. In addition to the technique videos I very much enjoyed the business lectures provided in this program. As an entrepreneur the information provided in these courses is incredibly helpful to anyone hoping to open their own practice.

The NAO program has changed my life and allowed me to have the career I’ve always wanted. Helping people overcome pain and become healthier is an incredibly rewarding feeling. I would recommend the NAO to anyone interested in becoming an alternative health care practitioner, or any practitioner looking to add more skills to their practice.

Shea Andersen DO(MP) CMOEB


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Dr Pourgol's business lectures are one of the reasons we graduate successful manual osteopaths.

Dr Pourgol's business lectures are one of the reasons we graduate successful manual osteopaths. We teach students everything we know about business management. Here is a comment Dr Pourgol received from his student, manual osteopath, Dani Reid (graduated August 2016) who opened her own private osteopathy clinic recently in London (Ontario, Canada):

"Your help has been immeasurable. I'm so booked I haven't had time to implement a quarter of your tips from business lectures. Thank you!"


Manual osteopath Dani Reid

Fully booked clinic in 3 weeks!
Here is a message sent to Dr Pourgol by NAO graduate, Nik Jovanović:

"Hey dr p! So I'm 3 weeks into my employment as an osteo and I'm almost FULLY BOOKED!!! This has been great so far! Thank you for everything you taught me."

We graduate successful manual osteopaths because we teach them everything we know about business management.

Dr Pourgol's business lectures are one of the main reasons so many students of other osteopathic colleges transfer to NAO.

To become a successful manual osteopath study at National Academy of Osteopathy.


NAO graduates successful manual osteopaths

Top Athlete Becomes Osteopath

"Canada's member of National Soccer Team, osteopath Ann Shivas, MT, DOMP (a graduate of National Academy of Osteopathy in Montreal) writes about NAO:

I had a really good experience with NAO
I did my research looking at a school which fit my style of independent learning. I loved the on campus practicals for learning techniques.
The teachers/professors answered all of my questions and were easily accessed by email Currently, I have my own business in Montreal called On The Go Osteo. The business lectures helped me set up a good model and now I am expanding.
I would invite you to come see my office space or make an appointment to experience the benefits of Manual Osteopathy.

This is one of the best life decisions I have made. I love when people walk out of my office with a smile on their face because they are feeling better and more energized! ......Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the school. I am happy to answer!"


Ann Shivas, BSc, MT, DOMP

Ann Shivas MT DOMP

NAO Graduate Featured in Newspaper:

"American Massage therapist & osteopathic manual practitioner, Alec Destroismaisons, MT, DOMP, a graduate of National Academy of Osteopathy in the states, has been featured in an article published by a local newspaper in Lisbon, New Hampshire, USA. We are proud of you Alec!"

NAO graduated in US newspaper

A post by NAO & NUMSS graduate, Wenche Lian, DOMP, DO in Norway:

"September 17 at 10:43am Haugesund, Norway
That feeling when an orthopedic surgeon comes to you as a patient with a bad shoulder and leaves with a good shoulder and very impressed with what osteopathy and what the osteopathic process can do. I feel so lucky and grateful that I get to do this every day :)
Thank you dr P :) for all the inspiration and knowledge you so generously share"

Wenche Lian

Wenche Lian - osteopath

Osteopathy seems like a miracle sometimes. We do wonders for the patients. And that is because we are great at taking care of chronic musculoskeletal pain.

Here is a Facebook post by Joanne MacFarlane a National Academy of Osteopathy student from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia:

"Today while practicing mobilization techniques a woman’s ROM improved from almost nothing to 95%. I helped her body do that!!! I love being an NAO online student :) :)"

Joanne MacFarlane

A post from Andrew Subieta M.Sc.,R.M.T., D.O.M.P.

"Osteopathic Education: 5 Years vs 1 Year"

This is a review posted by registered massage therapist & manual osteopath, Andrew Subieta, DOMP who is an alumnus of National Academy of Osteopathy in Toronto. He has also studied at the first osteopathy school in Ontario, the Canadian College of Osteopathy.

I studied at CCO and NAO

Choosing the profession is a very difficult decision but when we finally know what we would like to do in our professional life, there is always a dilemma which school to pick. When I decided to study osteopathy 18 years ago, right after graduating from the Massage Therapy College, there was only one school providing this type of education – the Canadian College of Osteopathy (CCO). Now there are several programs available at the different schools. It’s not the secret that CCO has a very good reputation around the world to be one of the best schools offering manual osteopathy program. I can confirm that after studying there for 5 years. It gave me the opportunity to establish successful practice and open my own clinic.
A few years ago I heard about NAO offering a 1 year full time program in Manual Osteopathy. Health care professionals can complete it within 6 months. At first I was shocked but finally I became intrigued. I decided to enroll in on-line program myself. I can say with integrity now that NAO offers a very decent education. It concentrates on science based osteopathic techniques like Muscle Energy, Joint Mobilization and Soft Tissue Techniques. It introduces students to Cranial Osteopathy, Visceral Manipulation and Counterstrain techniques. In my opinion the program provides a very strong foundation for the future post-graduate education.
As the owner of the clinic I always look for good osteopathic practitioners that could join me and be willing to work with me as a team. In the past 6 years I hired 6 practitioners educated in different osteopathic schools in Ontario. Unfortunately I had to let go 5 of them. The only one I am happy to work with is a graduate of NAO. My satisfaction with this professional convinced me to interview several more graduates from this school and decision to hire two more.
In my opinion choosing NAO as an entry level to the osteopathic profession would be a wise choice for several reasons. The school provides excellent business and clinical management course taught by Dr. S. Pourgol. This knowledge is crucial in achieving success. No other osteopathic school in Canada teaches this course. I wish I had this knowledge when I started my practice, it would have helped me to achieve success much faster.
The program leads to fast accreditation without cutting educational hours required by the World Health Organization. As the matter of fact it has the same number of hours as the other part time osteopathic programs. With the osteopathic licence graduates can start working in the profession, continue their education in the different schools like National University of Medical Sciences towards Doctor of Osteopathy degree (where all the graduates from NAO receive a scholarship) and take postgraduate courses. They can find a mentor that will help them to learn more about the profession and improve their technical skills.
The key to success in manual therapy is hands-on experience together with continuously expanding theoretical knowledge. When I studied at CCO it was a big problem for many students. They learned the theory and saw the techniques once or twice during lectures but without possibility of practice they could not memorize them for long and had a problem with retention of many advanced techniques. For this reason the drop-out rate at CCO was around 70%. Over 100 students started the first year and only 27 of us went to the end of the fifth year. Even less wrote and defended their thesis to receive a diploma (DOMP). At NAO the students can go back to watch techniques and lectures on line reviewing it as many times as needed.

Another plus is the fact that NAO accepts candidates without prior health care education. For these candidates I would recommend campus based program over on-line studies. For others with a profession in health care such as Massage Therapists, Physiotherapists or Chiropractors, the on-line course is sufficient. I watched Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology lectures offered at NAO. They are very good and provide more than enough information to have a proficient knowledge at the level of Diploma of Osteopathy.

The school program pays a lot of attention to teach safe and widely accepted techniques without introducing questionable osteopathic concepts that can only frustrate students and lead to the increased therapeutic failure. It emphasizes the importance of following scope of practice and code of ethics set by the International Osteopathic Association.

If any of you is considering osteopathic studies and to become a member of this enormously rewarding profession, I would be more than happy to answer all of your questions. It helped one person I met recently to make a life changing decision. A few months ago a student from CCO came to my clinic asking for a job. He just finished the 4th year of study. I could not hire him without the osteopathic diploma. It would be at least another 3 years before he would graduate from CCO, write and present his thesis and be able to find a job as a Manual Osteopath. I encouraged him to enroll in the NAO program. He listened to my advice, graduated in August and became a member of the Osteopathic Association recognized by majority of insurance providers. We will start working together next week. He will continue his study at CCO but now with the possibility of applying his knowledge in the real clinical setting.

For any of you that would like to learn more and experience the osteopathic treatment before deciding about your future, we offer $20 discount for the first session.

Please call us at 905.660.8810 and visit the clinic website
We are located in Vaughan, Ontario at 1750 Steeles Ave. West, Unit 8.
Andrew Subieta M.Sc.,R.M.T., D.O.M.P.


Andrew Subieta  National Academy of Osteopathy   graduate

A post from NAO graduate Dani Reid, DOMP (August 2016) to Dr Pourgol:

"Thank you, you are the best teacher in the world!"

Dani Reid

NAO graduate Dani Reid DOMP with Dr Shahin Pourgol

A post from NAO graduate, Dr Mercedeh Ghazi, MD, DOMP written for National Academy of Osteopathy technique instructor, Nizholas Zancai, DOMP:

"Dear Nicholas,
I would like to thank you for all the encouragement you have given me during the course. I cannot thank you enough for your endless support and effort.
I loved every wonderful minute of NAO and always came home full of enthusiasm and motivation.
You are the best TA!"

Dr Mercedeh

Nicholas Zancai NAO instructor with Dr Mercedeh Ghazi MD DOMP

A post from Dr Mercedeh, one of our students at National Academy of Osteopathy

Dr Mercedeh, one of our students at National Academy of Osteopathy who is a physician, a black belt martial artist and now a manual osteopath in Toronto!
"I love Osteopathy and NAO. Dr. Pourgol you changed my life. Thank you"

Dr Mercedeh

Dr Mercedeh with Dr shahin Pourgol

A post by Dr Bashar Alazzam, MD, DOMP, a recent graduate of National Academy of Osteopathy (from London, Ontario).

"Thank you so much Dr Shahin Pourgol for giving me the honor to be one of your student at national academy of osteopathy.... It was a big challenge for me, changing my field of helping patients from Anaesthesia and intensive care dealing with patients who want to sleep in Operation Rooms or already in Coma in ICU , and now becoming a manual osteopathy treating awake patients.... Thank God and Thanks everybody who makes this dream come true, all teachers at NAO; Dr. Shahin Pourgol, Dr Oleg Bagrin, Dr Abazar Habibinia, Dr Daniel Nuzum, Pamela Crosson-Fournier, & Nicholas Zancai All the nice and supper kind ladies and staff at NAO , thank you sOoOoOoOo much."

Bashar Alazzam

Dr Alazzam with Dr Pourgol at graduation day August 2016

A post from Dani Reid, DOMP a graduate of National Academy of Osteopathy:

Dani Reid with Shahin Pourgol.
Yesterday at 4:50pm.
..The best day of the summer by far - GRADUATION! I fell in love with osteopathy some time ago, and am so blessed to be able to add this modality to my practice. Thank you to the amazing Dr. Pourgol for being such an inspiration in my life. A giant thank you to my amazing clients, family, and friends for support along the way. Means the world to me, Love ya..

Dani Reid

NAO graduate DAni Reid with Dr Pourgol

NAO graduate offered job after giving treatment to RMT:

.......Testimonial from manual osteopath, Ladan Jebhe, DOMP a graduate of National Academy of Osteopathy (class of Sept 2015). Ladan was offered a job after she gave a treatment (at NAO student clinic) to a registered massage therapist with 25 years of experience. .....

Ladan Jebhe

To read the full article click on the link below:

Dr William Baron explains why he studied osteopathy at National Academy of Osteopathy & National University of Medical Sciences (Spain):

.......I am deeply grateful for the learning opportunity that has come to me through the National University of Medical Sciences (NUMSS), the National Academy of Osteopathy (NAO), and the vision and determination of Dr. Shahin Pourgol, its founder, in developing an institution of higher learning that is accessible to all. As I complete my Osteopathic training I understand that the practice of medicine is lifelong pursuit, where one is always learning, studying and perfecting one’s practice. I realize that graduating with my Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) degree this is not the end but rather the beginning of lifetime of purpose, productivity, and service that requires the pursuit of additional training and knowledge that leads to a deeper understanding and wisdom of the practice of Osteopathic medicine.....

Dr William Baron

To read the full article click on the link below:

This is a post by one of our students:

Certified personal trainer & manual osteopath from Newfoundland & Labrador (Canada); Dr Matt Gibbons, DOMP, BSc (O), DO (Spain) is one of our happy students. Matt was one of our graduates of the Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice (DOMP) program at National Academy of Osteopathy (Canada).

Upon graduation, he continued his osteopathic education at our National University of Medical Sciences (Spain), graduating from a dual degree bachelor of science in osteopathy and doctor of osteopathy degree programs. This is what he posted today:

“Sincerely thank you Dr Pourgol. For everything. My brother is applying for NAO soon. You have created an amazing opportunity for us to improve health care, enrich the lives of others as well as our own. Hope to meet you in person soon.”

Dr Matt Gibbons

Dr Matt Gibbons DOMP DO Spain

A post from one of our students. Andrew Subieta, DOMP explains why he chose to become a manual osteopath.

After graduating from Massage Therapy College, I enrolled in 5 year long program at CCO (Canadian College of Osteopathy)

Eventually, after establishing a successful practice and founding an integrative therapy clinic, OsteoKlinika Pain Management and Rehabilitation, I decided to continue my studies at the National Academy of Osteopathy and National University of Medical Sciences (Doctor of Osteopathy program), both founded by Dr. Shahin Pourgol, MBA, DC, DO, PhD – an Osteopath with the mission to teach Manual Osteopathy in every country of the world.

What I like about these programs is that Dr. Pourgol puts emphasis not only on teaching science based osteopathic techniques, but also on business and clinical management, so crucial in achieving success as a Manual Osteopath. Osteopathy became my passion and it gives me an enormous satisfaction to be able to treat many musculoskeletal conditions for people suffering from pain and restricted range of motion.

Andrew Subieta

To read the full article please click on the link below:

Letter from one of our current students:

"I did a seven-year degree in Medicine prior to starting at the NAO. As a foreign trained and experienced health professional, when I started looking into continuing my education, I knew that I wanted to have an occupation that involved working with and helping people and I wanted a profession where I would be able to work for myself as well as be challenged every day.

My research led me to National Academy of Osteopathy and after doing more investigation, I was pleased to see that NAO has a high qualified intensive accelerated program with affordable tuition. I attended an interview at the school with Dr. Shahin Pourgol, the Principal of the NAO and following our discussion I became sure of my choice.

I believe osteopathy is my best choice of education for me because I have observed the changes in the people treated from just applying the principles I have learned. This was all because of the hard work and dedication of the school to teach the class fundamental principles of osteopathy.

NAO also changed my attitude and made me confident by broad range of techniques taught, in assessing and treating patients, so it iss my new found opportunity to improve health of my patients and my career.

The art of NAO is integrating all the techniques, understanding why you are applying them and taking into consideration the entire physiologic effect of treatment according to the principles of osteopathy. The change that you can create in your patients life is incredible.

The National Academy of Osteopathy is multicultural. As an international student, I like studying and working with different people. The Instructors are a wealth of knowledge, they are approachable, they push you and they will continually test you. NAO faculty and staff are very kind and friendly and are willing to assist the student in any way possible.

Students have the opportunity to observe in the clinic setting in which they see their coursework brought to life as well as observing how to actively assess and listen to patients.

My experience at The National Academy of Osteopathy has been incredibly rewarding. I am honored to be part of program that is principle-based. The program is intensive and I have experienced tremendous growth as a health practitioner."

Mercedeh Ghazy, MD

dawn hawthorne

A post from one of our students at National Academy of Osteopathy, licensed massage therapist Dawn Howthorne Simpson (owner of Nisku Massage Clinic in Alberta, Canada).

Dawn Hawthorne Simpson feeling blessed.
we love osteopathy

" Dr Pourgol - I love your video lectures ! You have a great mix of humour and technical information that really creates enjoyable and effortless learning.
Thank you so much."

Dawn Hawthorne

dawn hawthorne

This is a post by one of our students:

Sydney Irene
NAO & NUMSS Alumni Group

I was given the most beautiful painting and letter (both done by my patient) last night. This particular patient has MS and I have been treating her for around 3 months with great results! It is extremely rewarding to help someone on their healthcare journey. I could not be happier with my decision to become a Manual Osteopath!

"....Sydney - Blessed Thou Art
Just a short note with a huge Thank You for all of your Passion in all that you have done for me!
I am so blessed to have found you. Each week my body just keeps positively reacting to the treatments. You are one very talented Manual Osteopath with a lifetime of healing and touching the people's lives that cross your path. I for one am so very grateful for all of the extra time you have given me..."
Sydney Irene

Patient testimonial

A post by one of the patients who has been treated by our interns at National Academy of Osteopathy student clinic:

Hilda Fernandez
National Academy of Osteopathy

".....I would like to thank the Academy for the job they do and also for the change that their student Trevor Cragg, Nick Zancai, Bashar Alazzam, Rasif Iftessam, , Ladan Jebheh, Dasha Veprjitska, Jillian Macphee, represent in my health improvement. Than you all from the bottom of my heart. I recommended the Academy to anyone living with pain and no hope. Thank you Rachel and Luary for your support......"
Hilda Fernandez


A post from Nikita Kiryukhin, a National Academy of Osteopathy student in Toronto.

".....Proud to be one of your students! I couldn't be happier with my choice to come learn osteopathy at NAO from such passionate and knowledgeable teachers .......also very entertaining with many interesting yet informative stories.
I truly feel honored....."

Nikita Kiryukhin

Nikita Kiryukhin

Better than McGill University!
A post from Adrienne Wolfe-Koukharski, our student in Montreal:

"..........Dr. Shahin Pourgol, I'm loving your business lectures. I took management at McGill University and your classes are 10x more interesting. Keep up the good work!........."
We are the only osteopathy school teaching students everything we know about business. Our graduates learn about how to manage their practice effectively. They learn about tax planning, investment, accounting, marketing, public relations, asset protection, life improvement skills, and networking among other things.

This is one reason why our graduates are instant success and why so many manual osteopaths from other schools register in our programs to learn the business skills we teach.

Adrienne Wolfe-Koukharski

Adrienne Wolfe-Koukharski

London manual osteopath writes about National Academy of Osteopathy:

"..........I am a Manual Osteopath who graduated from National Academy of Osteopathy in 2013 and the education that I had received at this institution is second to none!.................The staff and administrators at the NAO are always so very helpful and kind, and they respond with such energy and compassion with every question I have had so far. I always look forward to talking with them; it is really an emotional charge for my day each time we connect.............I love the support provided by the Institute, they are always there to assist with a question, to help with organizing programs or opportunities, and the professional development after graduation is a great tool as well. I love that they are in contact with students in an ongoing basis even after completion of studies. The institute loves their alumni, and we love them as well, and it lets us all provide for patients, their families and our own communities. ......"
Thank you to all at the NAO!
Ashrafunissa Janmohammad, Manual Osteopath

To read the full article click on the link below:

Ashrafunissa Janmohammad, Manual Osteopath


Here is a post from Dani Reid (from Toronto), a National Academy of Osteopathy student (class of Feb 2017):

Our instructors are experts in their fields. They use a fun teaching method to make the lectures easy to understand. This makes them quite popular with our students.
"....Thank you Dr. Pourgol! You are an inspiration to me! Thanks for being the best teacher in the world......"

Dani Rei

Mark MacKenzie, DOMP from British Columbia writes about why he chose National Academy of Osteopathy:

"....NAO has a wide variety of teachers and students which provided many different perspectives, where ideas where challenged from many different aspects. I learned from, and studied with, Manual Osteopaths, Osteopaths (DO), MDs, Chiropractors, Physical Therapists, alternative therapists, Massage Therapists, and many more!
These people had a wide array of backgrounds, from young Canadians to mature MDs from war-torn countries. Their many different experiences shaped many different perspectives, which made for many interesting discussions, and these discussions highlighted the strength of NAO’s evidence based curriculum......."

Natalia Dzuybina, DOMP writes about her experience as a National Academy of Osteopathy student:

"....I am very satisfied with the contents of the program and had a wonderful time studying at the Academy. The professors are very well educated, approachable and helpful, more than willing to answer any questions and demonstrate first-hand practical skills.
The Academy has one of the richest and most comprehensive databases which align with the curriculum, allowing every student to get the necessary and extra material on any subject or topic.
Both the staff and students were very friendly and encouraged each other in their studies. As well, the class sizes were relatively small, which gave each student an opportunity to communicate with the professor one-on-one.
Furthermore, what stood out most to me about NAO is the amount of daily practice time the students got......."

Student Testimonial

Manual osteopath, Dr Stephane Laporte, DOMP, DO
" A graduate of National Academy of Osteopathy and National University of Medical Sciences (Spain), who practices in Vietnam has this to say about his studies with us:"

Student Testimonial from British Columbia

Manual osteopath; Justin Frankson, DOMP who practices in British Columbia, Canada has this to say about National Academy of Osteopathy:

" National Academy of Osteopathy was the name of the school that gave me my preparation as a Manual Osteopath. I chose NAO because their program is very complete, also the institution has high standard models of teaching (I know this because I studied in a specialized and prestigious school of physiotherapy in south America). NAO not only teaches you about osteopathy but also helps you with business lectures, so you can manage your own business. The teachers are very knowledgeable with classes prepared in a way that its easy for you to understand.
NAO is not just a school, is a community where students not only become graduates but also family.
My name is Justin Frankson, DOMP, Manual Osteopath. Grad 2014. I work in Abbotsford British Columbia, Canada."

302 2600 Gladys Ave
Abbotsford, BC
Justin Frankson

To read the full article please click on the link below.

Student Testimonial from Calgary

" Hi Dr. Shahin Pourgol, I just wanted to reach out and tell you how much I appreciate seeing your proud and positive posts as well as all of amazing things that this school has accomplished in such a short period of time.
NAO is setting the bar high for the practice of Manual Osteopathy in Canada as well as the rest of the world. Your passion and commitment Comes through loud and clear. From a student and alumni perspective it's refreshing and encouraging to see so much passion!
This profession is going to change so many lives for the better thanks to this school! So thanks for that!
Sheridan Sayer, DOMP
Calgary, Alberta, Canada"


Student Testimonial from Bermuda

" Today's salute goes to .......drum roll please.....Dr.Habibinia of NAO teaching and endlessly complex subject of clinical nutrition and breaking it down to practical, interesting and useful format with a lot of color and charts for all of us visual learners...there is a real skill in conveying information ...thanks Dr. You are appreciated.

Thomas Andrew, RMT
Bermuda "

Dr. Muhammad Alsoroghli

Student Testimonial from Vancouver

Dr. Muhammad Alsoroghli
Dr. Muhammad Alsoroghli

Student Testimonial from Greece

" Hello Dr. Pourgol I want to wish you a happy new year with health and many successes. I want also to congratulate you for all the hard work you do to improve NUMSS and I hope that you will continue this good job. I want you to know that I practice full time. I also take slow but solid steps in order to have my office as soon as possible. Your student Nicholas "

Nicholas Mavridaras
Dr. Nicholas Mavridaras
DOMP, DO, National Academy of Osteopathy
graduate (DOMP), & National University of Medical Sciences graduate (DO)

Student Testimonial from Alberta, Canada

" ……………I'd like to also add that I've taken many, many courses across a variety of industries in as many different countries, and never have I come across a lecturer that is so sincerely determined to set his students up for success in both business and life as Dr Pourgol. I'm sure I speak on behalf of many students who feel the same. We are very fortunate to have such a mentor. Thank you Dr Pourgol. "

Vera Bojnec
Vera Bojnec
Alberta, Canada

Here is a testimonial from one of the National Academy of Osteopathy students in Hong Kong (and we also congratulate him on the birth of his 4th child):

" Dear Luary:

Hi. How are you? Been a long time since last contact. Hope all is well with work and family.

My fourth edition is here. She arrived on 3rd of Sept. Surprise to all, is a daughter after having three sons prior. We are very grateful.

Now I am ready to recommence my program. Very impressed with the new upgraded webmail system and other upgrades on the video lecture website. The new video lectures & information pack is very informative.

As for the practice training at Toronto Campus, when is the registration deadline for that? Thank you for your kind assistance. "

Raymond Lee
NAO Student
Hong Kong

"Dear Dr. Shahin Pourgol,

I wanted to personally thank you and your staff at the National Academy of Osteopathy as I toughly enjoyed taking part the Diplomain Osteopathic Manual Practice DO (MP) program.

The professors who taught were very informative and I found it quite easy to contact them if I had any questions related to specific topic. can't wait to receive my diploma in the mail and hang it on the wall at my office!

Thanks again "

Testimonial from a National Academy of Osteopathy student in Edmonton - Alberta
Janet Ogden DO (MP), RMT
Foot Reflexologist , Professional Cupping
Edmonton, Alberta

This letter was emailed to National Academy of Osteopathy president Dr Shahin Pourgol:

" Dear Dr. Pourgol,

I would like to take this opportunity to tell you how much I am enjoying NAO’s manual osteopathy program. After graduating from McGill University several years ago I have been searching what to study next. Not only do I feel this program is a great match for me, but I also feel that it has opened so many doors. I love the well rounded curriculum as well as all of the professors involved. It has truly been a pleasure to study with you.

Sincerely, "

Taylor Marsden
Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice student – Class of Feb 2014
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
National Academy of Osteopathy

Another testimonial from a happy patient of one of our NAO graduates; Melissa Biscardi, DOMP ( who owns & operates the Melissa Biscardi Rehab in Toronto (Ontario, Canada). We are so proud of our graduates!

" I have been a patient of Melissa’s for about a year. Melissa consistently works with professionalism and knowledge. I have seen her for my shoulder, neck and now most recently my knee. After one treatment on my knee I noticed a significant improvement in pain and swelling. I highly recommend her!!"

Lindsay Earnshaw,
Legal Assistant, Martial artist

A patient testimonial for manual osteopathic treatments received from NAO graduate Melissa Biscardi, DOMP.

" I had serious neck pain, numbness in my right arm and suffered from double vision due to an athletic injury. I had 4 treatments with Melissa, and within 48 hours of the first treatment I noticed significant improvement, and then within 48 hours of the second treatment, I had complete relief from all the symptoms, and now I am back at my regular training scheduled without any residue from the injury. "

Chelsea Fernando

A patient testimonial for manual osteopathic treatments received from NAO graduate Melissa Biscardi, DOMP. Melissa has her own private manual osteopathic clinic in Toronto, Canada.

"Thank you for treating my knee Melissa. It was really nice of you to see me on Sunday and at such convenient location. ………………….Great service.
Thank you Melissa "


A patient testimonial for manual osteopathic treatments received from National Academy of Osteopathy graduate Melissa Biscardi, DOMP. Melissa has her own private manual osteopathic clinic in Toronto, Canada.

" For over a decade I have been seeking professional help for my back and neck pain. The treatment I receive from Melissa is nothing short of amazing! "

Deb Kerr
Social Worker

A patient testimonial for manual osteopathic treatments received from National Academy of Osteopathy graduate Melissa Biscardi, DOMP. Melissa has her own private manual osteopathic clinic in Toronto, Canada.

" Thank you for helping relieve my long standing left-sided sciatica after just two treatments. Initially I thought your touch was so gentle that it couldn’t possibly be effective. But with the adjustments to my spine combined with the acupuncture, I am virtually pain free. This has allowed me to move without pain in my daily activities and in my yoga practice. I really like the fact that you are the studio on a regular basis, since this makes appointments with you very convenient. You are a true asset to Bikram Yoga Yonge. "

Wenche Lian, DOMP

"Today I celebrate my clients first 3 months of no migraine or headache after 15 years of weekly attacks. It took about 10 sessions of manual osteopathy, trigger point therapy and therapeutic exercises and a lot of work on her side as well with diet changes, exercise and self awareness of daily habits, good and bad. I am astonished how effective osteopathy, trigger-point therapy and massage therapy are when used together in the right way. I love my job and thank the universe for putting me on this path. I am truly so grateful, happy, content and humble every day I get to do this:) "

Wenche Lian, DOMP
Wenche Lian, DOMP, DIOEB
NAO Class of September 2013

"Dr. Pourgol,

Good morning, hope you are doing well. I know you like to see how your students are doing and thought you would like to know that my first article on manual osteopathy will be published soon. Thank you for providing the knowledge to allow me to do this. I have attached a copy.
My business is growing and I am sure this will help spread the word, and bring more patients to Brighton Sport and Wellness Centre. "

NAO Graduate, Jacinda Thomson
Jacinda Thomson, DO(MP)
Manual Osteopath
National Academy of Osteopathy Graduate
Class of September 2013
York University Heights Campus in Toronto

" Hello! First of all I am really impressed with the on line course, it’s amazing how clear it is to understand everything and I congratulate National Academy of Osteopathy for the amazing job, I had my doubts in the beginning but now I’m proud to say that I am part of the NAO…………………….you may use this as testimonials………. It changed my perception of education so I say it's great……………Thank you. "

Justin Frankson
Justin Frankson
National Academy of Osteopathy class of Feb 2014
Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada

" Dear Dr. Pourgol,

I am pleased to inform that the 'quality training' of your prestigious Academy has shown to be very fruitful. I had an interview, the owner was amazed by the techniques- I gave him a treatment session by your wonderful techniques - and I received an offer to work two days a week, as a start. More shifts will be added to my schedule in the health clinic after I get to know the team more and become familiar with the workplace. (I am replacing a manual osteopath who used to work in clinic for years).
Thank you in advance for your expert teachings which always stemmed from your wisdom. "

Hussein Eid, DOMP
National Academy of Osteopathy Class of Sept 2013

"Dear Dr. Pourgol,

I want to thank you and other faculty members for providing us this great opportunity. The education, training, and practice that I gained from National Academy of Osteopathy allowed an easy and smooth progression from my psychology background to manual osteopathy.
The provided curriculum, faculty, and classmates encouraged me to learn and compete more to become successful. Also, your business management lectures and ideas were the best advice and support. I am pleased to tell all that I am an NAO graduate who has found her career less than a week after graduation. "

Nazanin Eshghi Moghaddam, DOMP
NAO class of September 2013

"Dear NAO

I want to say thank you for a fantastic course. I have loved every minute of it and now looking forward to doing my Bachelor in osteopathy. I have worked as a massage therapist for 6 years and I love my job but I felt more and more I was missing something in the treatments and I wanted to do more. The NAO ad popped up as I searched the net for courses and I am so grateful it did.
Osteopathy is a fantastic profession, gentle but very effective. It is a perfect match to massage therapy and the two makes the perfect couple. I love my job and look forward to going to work every day. I feel so privileged to be able to do this every day. Being able to help people live pain free lives is so rewarding and a true inspiration every single day.
Dr Pourgol have been such an inspiration and I have learned so much that will absolute make me a better therapist and better in business . Dr Habibinia is a fantastic teacher and I have looked forward to his lectures every day and thanks to Luary who has helped me so much and been so patient. I am looking forward to seeing you all in June so I can thank you all in person. Looking forward to another year with you and become the absolute best I can be Thank you. "

Wenche Lian, DOMP, DIOEB
NAO Class of September 2013

"The course (DOMP program offered by National Academy of Osteopathy) was well organized and easy to follow. Studying at my own pace was excellent. The Practical was well taught and highly valuable. The expanded opportunities well be a good challenge. As a Chiropractor I find these procedures as effective with no possibility of after effects. More Chiropractors should get on board "

Ross Andersen DC, ND, DO(MP)
NAO Graduate

" Hello Dear Dr. Pourgol,

Congratulations! For your amazing and interesting lectures in the Osteopathy program, both the technical and the business parts, especially the business part which is your experiences during many years. I watched every lecture several times and I enjoyed them. I wish the best for you.

Thank you so much

Mahmood Mohseni, MD
NAO full time student, class of 2012

"For me “NATIONAL ACADEMY OF OSTEOPATHY” is like following Gandhi’s word: “Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.

And after attending some classes, I feel, I made the right choice. I am happy to be part of this journey... "

Shahla Eshman
Part time student-class of 2011

" Dear Dr. Pourgol;
In July 2010 when you told me about osteopathy I was interested in it But the thing that was always in my mind was: "Is it possible for me with no background in Health to start this program?"

You told me that you are creating a program that anyone with no background in Health can study and learn manual osteopathy and be successful in it. Still In February 2011 when I started osteopathy I was not sure about it but I did it because I trusted you.

Now after a month that I am in the osteopathy Program I am Sure that with your method of teaching the manual practice of osteopathy and the passion you have for teaching and also the curriculum you gather for other subjects in this program (anatomy,Pathology,...) IT IS possible to become a successful manual osteopath ONLY in 4 months.

I just want to thank you for creating this opportunity. "

Amir Kazemi
Full time student-class of 2011

"I would like to thank Dr. Pourgol, founder of National Academy of Osteopathy, for trusting in my knowledge and for having me as a member of the teaching team of NAO. I always dreamed of teaching at academic level, as there is so much joy and pleasure in this profession. The applause from the students at the end of each lecture is the fuel that fills up my engine for the rest of my day. To me, to learn and never be filled, is wisdom; and to teach and never be weary, is love! At National Academy of Osteopathy, we do our job with love and passion. At the NAO, we teach, we demonstrate, and we practise. Here the students are clinically trained in manual osteopathy, and at the same time they learn basic & clinical sciences & are updated with the latest trend in health sciences. NAO students learn business skills such as marketing, tax planning, investments, patient retention, motor vehicle accident patient management, multidisciplinary referral systems, osteopathy rehab, and other practice related matters directly from Dr. Pourgol; one of the most successful osteopaths in the world. Therefore, if you are looking for a promising profession in health care, you are always welcomed at National Academy of Osteopathy "

Dr. Abazar Habibinia, MD, CDTT, CSN
Department of Clinical Sciences (NAO)

" Good evening Dr. Pourgol. I hope all is well with you these days. I see you are making great strides in the Osteopathic world! Congratulations to you and your support team…………….I have been very busy this past year growing my business, lately being booked weeks in advance. The osteopathy component to my practice is definitely what has stimulated the growth in the past year, almost doubling my income in one year! This has happened without advertising, simply by word of mouth, client referrals! And I can honestly say that working with others and helping them cope or relieve their pain is one of the most rewarding jobs I can imagine having. "

Angele Boyle, RMT, DOMP
NAO graduate, class of 2011

"The National Academy of Osteopathy has been an excellent experience thus far! Hands down, this is the best practical training I have received. Dr. Pourgol does a great job demonstrating the techniques on each of the students so that we can experience the technique first hand and know what we are supposed to feel. This allows us to communicate with the other students to see how our technique compares to the instructors. I am really enjoying the program and I look forward to going into class each day! "

Kyle Perks
Full Time Student-Class of 2011

Good Afternoon Dr. Pourgol,

I hope all is well! I have seen some very exciting news of National University of Medical Sciences opening up a campus in Florida in the near future! Congratulations!...

I would like to start my programs at NUMSS as soon as possible as I am very eager to extend my knowledge. Please let me know your thoughts.

Just to update you on how my practice is coming along... I am now 7 months into practicing at an established clinic in Tecumseh, Ontario (suburb of Windsor, ON) alongside 2 chiropractors, a radiologist, a medical doctor, etc.

I have established a very powerful network of health care professionals whom include multiple physicians, orthopedic surgeons, massage therapists, physiotherapists, etc. This network has brought along attention from a Canadian Hospital that has recently asked me to discuss the potential of working in the hospital on a part time basis which I would be treating patients as well as the hospital employees!

I have grossed over $75,000 in the 7 months of practicing and have an average daily patient visit of 20 patients per day while working 6 days per week.

I have also been asked to work in Plymouth, Michigan in a clinic on a part time basis as well; however, I am unsure of the specifics on how I would be able to practice in the states. Would you be able to give me some advice on that?

I would love to hear your opinion on everything and would love to initiate the DO/MBA program as soon as possible. Please direct me further with the next steps.

Thank you for everything,

Practitioner of Osteopathic Manual Medicine
National Academy of Osteopathy graduate


Spencer Jean, DO(MP), CBIS

Dr Pourgol,

thx, I followed what you said in your lectures and it works! I am two weeks in my practice and had initial visits this week!


Mark MacKenzie, DOMP
Manual Osteopath
British Columbia, Canada
O graduate - Class of 2015

A Letter from a Cabinet Minister to NAO

The Academy trains people in a specific skill that is not readily available elsewhere. By doing so, you allow your students to pursue their dreams, enjoying rewarding careers and contribute to the well-being of the people of Ontario


Expert from a letter by Honorable Dr Reza Moridi, PhD, MPP, the Minister of Training, Colleges & Universities of Ontario mailed to National Academy of Osteopathy (Toronto, 2015)

Letters such as this that I received from Trevor Cragg, my student at National Academy of Osteopathy makes me the happiest teacher in the world!

Professor Shahin Pourgol, MBA, DC, DO, PhD

“The level of energy, enthusiasm and passion that you bring to the science and craft of Osteopathy is both extraordinary and radiant. It is an honor to be taught and mentored by such a strong and positive influence in the field! Happy Birthday!”


Fully Booked After 2 Months of Work!

Lots Of Gratitude And Appreciation. I have been practicing Osteopathy for about 5 months now and have been almost fully booked from the second month. ...

It makes me very happy to be able to help people become naturally pain-free and balanced and improve their health and wellbeing.

With the knowledge I acquired at NAO I have been able to live a lifestyle that I enjoy and create a beneficial balance between self-care, serving the society and ethically earning a proper livelihood.

I am enormously thankful to NAO's caring professional team and faculty and strongly recommend their programs.

Yazdan Raees DOMP, E-RYT

I Know thanksgiving just passed but I would like to give thanks for Manual Osteopathy and NAO for the opportunity that gave me to improve my self and to help others! I hope everyone had an amazing thanksgiving!


Justin Frankson, DOMP
National Academy of Osteopathy graduate
Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada

“4 years ago I went through a rather wild knee injury and was told that I would most likely spend the rest of my life walking with a cane. It has taken an enormous amount of hard work, self-discipline and diligence to claw my way back on top and to have proven those words to be false...

I... recently decided to enrol back in school in pursuit of a career that will allow me to help others recover through devastating injuries...

I am now in my 2nd week at the National Academy of Osteopathy and could not be more ecstatic about the changes that are already happening around me!

Thank you Dr. Shahin Pourgol for allowing this new step in my life to be possible!

Dream Big, Take Action, Be Self-Motivated!”


Trevor Cragg
NAO Student, Class of September 2015 (Toronto, Canada)

Dear Dr.Pourgol,

Greeting to you!...

First of All ,My humble gratitude to you and the team for providing me with an informative online course which I was looking forward for as a Yoga therapist. I thought it is equally important for a profession of my kind to be informed on the anatomical aspect of Human Body in a fairly detailed manner, to be able to make a good alternative medicine health professional and therefore chose to join this course

I have thoroughly enjoyed the lectures sessions particularly all of yours and Dr.Habibinia's on Nutrition. They have been very informative and helping my family, students and myself in maintaining a reasonably good health.

Wishing you a great day.

Warm regards


Lalitha Viswanath

Dear Professors,

I would like to thank all of you for your efforts of teaching National Academy of Osteopathy students.

NAO is the best osteopathic school....

Thank you again.



Oleg Bagrin, MD (Romania), DOMP
NAO graduate - Ontario (Canada)

Dear Dr. Pourgol and NAO staff,

I would like to thank you and say Happy 5th Anniversary!!!...

My name is Oleg Bagrin and I am enrolled in the online DOMP program. I have to say that Dr. Pourgol is a great teacher and an amazing promoter of professional Awakening. You've created a gold standard for Excellent Clinical management. I know that I am getting my education at the best school of Osteopathy.

Thanks for putting together such an awesome program!!!

Best regards,

Oleg Bargin, MD (from Romania)

NAO's professors are all brilliant in what they teach.

Dr. Shahin Pourgol, Amir Kazemi, Dr. Amir Ghafari, Abazar Habibinia, Darren Wigginton, Pamela Crosson-Fournier

I learned a lot from them and I loved my experience in NAO....

I met many students from all over Canada and U.S. in the campus with many different academic backgrounds, all sharing their knowledge and helping one another. Chiropractors, Medical Doctors, Massage Therapists, Kinesiologists, Yoga teachers, Acupuncturists, Professional Athletes, Nutritionists, Naturopathic Doctors, Psychologists, Rolfers, Fitness Instructors and many more.

NAO has the most complete, practical and diverse curriculum. From Joint Mobilization, Muscle Energy Techniques to Visceral and CaranioSacral, Soft Tissue Therapy, Nutrition, Therapeutic Exercises and Orthopedic Tests to the best information in Clinical management and Marketing.

It is a great opportunity to learn so much in an intensive and cost effective diploma program.

Thank you NAO for providing this opportunity worldwide, to train professional and successful osteopaths, to increase public awareness of osteopathy profession and to serve humanity through making this holistic and drug free, art and science accessible to all, around the globe.

Yazdan Raeed, DOMP
National Academy of Osteopathy Graduate - Class of September 2014

………….Your Ethics and Clinical (Business) management lectures are worth their weight in gold………

Darren Weatherbie
National Academy of Osteopathy student
Prince Edward Island, Canada

……………..the lecture on Human Growth Hormone was very interesting and I would love to recommend such supplementation to my clients, over 60% of my clients are over 50 years old………………...I love Dr. Habibinia’s lectures, his passion about his subject is so evident and it's a pleasure to along with his enthusiasm, I would like to take all the courses he teaches, perhaps you could let me know what other courses he teaches after the BSc and DO programs.Thank you very much,

Vera Bojnec, DOMP
National Academy of Osteopathy graduate – Alberta, Canada
National University of Medical Sciences student of the dual degree Bachelor of Science in osteopathy & Doctor of Osteopathy

NAO Rocks!!!

Karin Lodge, DOMP
National Academy of Osteopathy Graduate

Dear Ms. Perez:

…………….I want so say a big thank you to all of you. Your education has been a fantastic journey for me. I started out with not knowing anything about this great profession. Now I am on the path of building my future with Osteopathy………………....

Karin Lodge, DOMP
NAO Graduate

Dear Prof Abazar;

My mind is still lingering in the afterglow of your campus classes. It was a blast.

Chris Vincent, student of NAO

We have many students who chose to study osteopathy with us because of the treatments they received from National Academy of Osteopathy graduated manual osteopaths. Our alumni provide amazing osteopathic care.

Here is a post from our student, Adrienne Wolfe-Koukharski from Montreal:

"After receiving a treatment from an NAO graduate, I was hooked! I'm currently finishing up my studies and look forward to helping others in the near future."


Adrienne Wolfe-Koukharski

We graduate successful manual osteopaths because we teach them everything we know about business management. Here is a post from Amy Jacobsen, a massage therapist from Whitehorse in Yukon Territory (Canada) who studied osteopathy at National Academy of Osteopathy:

"…………….One of the first lines I heard from Dr. Pourgol was "I have been successful and learned a lot in business over the years and I'm going to teach you everything I know" TERRIFIC, I'M ALL EARS! Who knew that the business courses would be my favorites?…………… I've already put many of the things into practice and I feel I've matured 10 years. …………… I've increased my passive income. I've listened to financial advice and advertising advice and I only wish I had heard this advice ten years ago! My time is now *less* wasted with nothings, but very much enhanced with newfound energy to learn about all subjects to make me richer and more successful……………."


Amy Jacobsen

A post from Elizabeth Felix, an NAO student from Kitchener, Ontario:

The National Academy of Osteopathy offered the specific education and training that I needed to make a difference in someone else’s life. NAO is remarkable in that it heavily focuses on empowering its students to challenge themselves to be better and more knowledgeable healers. The standard of care expected at NAO for its students and Alumni is second to none. It exists to elevate the profession and educate the public.


Elizabeth Felix

Registered massage therapist and manual osteopath Daniel Sheppard, RMT, DOMP writes about NAO:

Choosing National Academy of Osteopathy was an easy choice. Dr. Pourgol and staff are caring and they go to extreme lengths to make sure you know the techniques, hand placements, body positions, and theory behind our work. I applaud that the school, professors, and assistants want you to succeed through advice, various business management lectures, and practical skills shown by example.


Daniel Sheppard

A post From NAO student in Amman, Jordan; physiotherapist Hadi Samaneh, PT, MS, OSC:

Dr. Pourgol, really thanks. I would like to comment that I have never seen any professor teach his students the way you do. You are amazing and WOW! DOC I love you and I believe joining National Academy of Osteopathy was an excellent decision. Really thanks doc, for giving us the opportunity to grow through NAO. Thanks thanks thanks thanks!


Hadi Samaneh

Number One Osteopathy Clinic in Waterloo

Guarav Singra, MD (Ind), DOMP, a graduate of the National Academy of Osteopathy who is also a team member of our Osteopathy Chronic Pain Clinics of Canada is the proud manual osteopath of this clinic that has been chosen the best in Waterloo, Ontario (Canada).

Here is what Dr Singra said about his outstanding achieving:
"Thank you very much Dr Pourgol. All credit goes to you. It’s your hard work and guidance which has helped me and also helping tons of other Manual Osteopaths to be successful in life."


Guarav Singra

We have many chiropractors as alumni. Here is a post from Dr. Tanja Braun Smith:

“I graduated from Logan College of Chiropractic in Chesterfield, Missouri in 2004 as a Doctor of Chiropractic. I licensed in both Canada and the United States. However I returned to Ontario to practice as that is home and where all of my family lives.

The scope of practice in both countries varies greatly. Although I thoroughly enjoy practicing Chiropractic and love helping and educating people I always felt like I wanted to offer more knowledge and treatment options to patients in their care.

I began researching Osteopathy, which I knew a bit about, as well as schools as a possibility of pursuing and furthering my education. There are many similarities in Chiropractic and Osteopathy, in their principles and philosophy.

I was very excited to learn more about the National Academy of Osteopathy and the programs they offer, as well as the opportunity to study in their program for Health Professionals.

With much excitement I began the program in March and have enjoyed learning more about Osteopathy, techniques, Business Management and starting to formulate how I want to start practicing and helping others as an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner in the near future!”


Dr. Tanja Braun Smith

Students love our business lectures.

Here is a post from Nusha in Berlin, Germany about Dr Pourgol's business lectures:


Students like our new professor!

Professor Hossein Khorrami, PhD, DOMP has recently joined our faculty. He has quickly become popular with students. Here is a letter we received from National Academy of Osteopathy student, Daniel Fow:

I just wanted to say the afternoon teacher Dr Hossein Khorrami is doing a great job at NAO. He is very well liked by students and he is very knowledgeable about the osteopathic techniques, anatomy, and physiology. He is really making a big difference for a lot of us and he is a really intelligent person. I am glad you hired him! I know you always trying to improve the school. So I just wanted you to know students like him. This makes a big difference for students and he does a great job. It also looks really great on NAO to have someone of his caliber of intelligence on campus. We were talking about proprioception today and he really helped me understand it.

Dr. Hossein Khorrami

The business lectures of Dr Pourgol help students become more successful in life.
Here is a post from the Facebook page of Dr Shawn Pourgol:
This is what I live for!
If one student follows my business lectures and have a better life because of it, my mission is accomplished!
This is a post from my student, manual osteopath Edward Moore who has a clinic in Nova Scotia:
Thanks for the info! I regularly get compliments on my business structure (hold-co/op-co) from financial advisers, accountants, and lawyers. They tell me I had a knowledgeable person advise me to get set up like this. I always say yes I did 😉

Edward Moore, DOMP
National Academy of Osteopathy Graduate
Nova Scotia

Not all manual osteopaths are the same. Many rely on outdated "classical" or "traditional" method of treatments that are not backed by research. Our alumni provide osteopathic care that is proven through research. If you had treatments from manual osteopaths with no success, please visit one of our alumni. Our clinic has 235 locations in 16 countries ( We specialize in treating last resort cases.
Here is a post from Dr Pourgol's public figure Facebook page: :
Our scientific style of osteopathy, that mobilizes everything is quite successful in treating last resort cases. Here is a text my sister manual osteopath, Dr Shirin Pourgol, BA, DOMP, DO (Spain) sent me about a patient who had chronic pain for many years and had unsuccessful treatments from a lot of practitioners with no help.
We teach our students to treat based on scientific principles, not the outdated dogma and myths. What others said and done 100 years ago is not necessarily good. The parts that are good and proven by research we accept and the parts that are not good we throw away. To blindly accept what someone said 100 years ago does not make you a good practitioner.
I always get angry letters from some students of ours who are manual osteopaths from other colleges. They say but so and so said this 130 years ago. It is part of our foundation.
To these students I say but so and so also said to cure influenza in a baby, you have to hold him/her under the armpits, lift him/her up to your eye level and shake him/her vigorously making his/her head move back and forth!!!! If you do this now you will be charged with child abuse!!!!
This is what makes us different from other schools. We base our style of treatment on research proven scientific principles! We do not have blind faith in osteopathy. We love osteopathy but this does not mean we accept everything that was said and done over 100 years ago.
Many manual osteopaths still practice the way osteopathy was done over 100 years ago. I believe this is a dis-service to our patients. We have to grow. We have to shed the bad things and focus on the good things that are proven through research.
For me the most important thing is that patients get better faster. And this we have achieved. We have testimonials from patients who have been to other manual osteopaths with no result and they get better after seeing our alumni.
Our scientific system is the best type of manual osteopathy. The success of our alumni proves this everyday in practice.


Increasing Bank Account While Decreasing Weight!
National Academy of Osteopathy studnet manual osteopath Sherry Essnaasahri, DOMP, who is a member of Osteopathy Chronic Pain Clinics of Canada has sent Dr Pourgol a letter about her success. Here is part of her letter:
Hi Dr. Pourgol,
How are you? I hope things are going smoothly for you in your exciting and new adventures in Panama! I wish you every bit of success and happiness. I am delighted to let you know, my hard work is starting to really pay off, and I am busy with clients. ..............Never thought, I would increase my bank account and decrease my weight all at the same time! I have lost well over 20 pounds and a few dress sizes, but most of all, my mind feels fresh. Joining your school was the best thing for me, and it changed my life. Not only did I learn a whole new skill, but I implemented some of the things you mention in your business lectures. I have gained a lot more confidence......... I find this work so beautiful and quiet and humbling....... I am truly grateful for my life. Thank you for your help. Wishing you and your loved ones, every good wish.


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