Friday, May 26, 2017

A letter from 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,


Monday, May 22, 2017

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!

Thursday, May 18, 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

Nova Scotia Kinesiologist 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” 

Professor Darren Wigginton

NAO students practicing osteopathic soft tissue therapy technique under supervision of Professor Darren Wigginton, RMT, DOMP. 

Our New Physiology Teacher

We are adding new physiology lectures to our curriculum.

Physician & manual osteopath, Dr Ernest Geid, MD, DOMP (a graduate of National Academy of Osteopathy) teaching new physiology lectures. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Decades Old Chronic Pain Gone!

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.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

One Happy Professor!

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! :) "

Dr. Shahin Pourgol

Registered massage therapist from Alberta Writes about NAO

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.

Fitness trainer writes why she chose osteopathy

Personal 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!

A Beautiful Message

A beautiful message from National Academy of Osteopathy 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!!"

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Thank you Rachel!

Two of the patients at our teaching clinic were so impressed by the osteopathic care they received from National Academy of Osteopathy intern, Rachel Orr that today they submitted their application to study osteopathy with us!

Osteopathy seems like a miracle sometimes and our interns provide amazing osteopathic care.

Our students are the reason we have become the largest provider of osteopathic education in the world, with alumni in 68 countries. 

Acupuncturist / manual osteopath Jaimy Chua

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.

Do you like to teach? Want to make extra income?

Today we received a great idea from our student massage therapist, Rachel Orr, RMT. She suggested that we allow our alumni to offer continuing education courses at our campus to students and others with profit to be shared between the school and the instructor.
We think this is a brilliant idea as we love to help alumni make more money! Thank you Rachel!
Anyone interested in teaching a seminar should contact Nao Registrar, Rachel Ligon at Please indicate your education, health background and the topic you wish to teach. We will evaluate your request and inform you of our decision within a month. We prefer courses to be clinically relevant, a topic that can be used by those who treat patients.
The seminar can be held online or on-campus (or both). You do not need to be in Toronto, as you can videotape your seminar from anywhere in the world. However your must be able to communicate clearly in English and use professional audio/video equipment to record the lecture.

Our Student on Radio

Our alumnus osteopath, Matthew Morin (from Quebec, Canada) with Marty Lamarre of 94.7 HITS FM Radio Station. Matthew spoke about osteopathy for the people of Montreal and the Monteregie. Mathew practices at Physical Park Health & Fitness Centre.

Why do we have such high student satisfaction rate?

Our student satisfaction rate is high because we offer unique, innovative, practical & affordable education.
The high student satisfaction rate of our schools is evident from the fact that majority of our students continue their education by enrolling in our other programs.
Dr Gaurav Singra, MD is an example. Dr Singra has taken our diploma in osteopathic manual practice (DOMP) program and in the September 2017 he will start the dual degree DO/DN, doctor of osteopathy/doctor of naprapathy program.
We work hard to keep our students happy. By enrolling again in our programs students show us that they are happy with the education they receive.

No More Free Osteopathic Care

Effective June 01, 2017 we will no longer offer free osteopathic care at our teaching clinic in Toronto.
After this date all osteopathic sessions provided by our interns at our teaching clinic in Toronto will be offered at a cost of $20 per one hour of osteopathic session.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Our Alumnus on Radio

Our alumnus osteopath, Matthew Morin (from Quebec, Canada) with Marty Lamarre of 94.7 HITS FM Radio Station. Matthew spoke about osteopathy for the people of Montreal and the Monteregie. Mathew practices at Physical Park Health & Fitness Centre.

We are proud of our students. 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Kinesiologist & manual osteopath, Tiffanie Bruneau

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 fiancĂ© 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!........

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

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Top Athletes Choose NAO!

Halifax based National Academy of Osteopathy student, Jodi Livingston is one of the top fitness coaches in Canada, while also being a fitness champion as well numerous times. She did an amazing job preparing National Academy of Osteopathy student Emily Herman (also from Halifax, Nova Scotia) for the last fitness competition.

NAO is attracting many top Canadian athletes to the field of osteopathy. A number of Canadian national level athletes are now our alumni including Ann Shivas, DOMP a past member of Canada's National Soccer Team. 

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!"

Morgan Nicholson Writes About NAO

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.......

Saturday, April 29, 2017

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! 

NAO Graduate Speaks About Hard Drive

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).

He posted this today:

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...

I love NAO!

Photo taken in the Grand Bahamas (April 2017).

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Thank you Frederic!

Thanks to National Academy of Osteopathy graduate, manual osteopath and Brazilian Jujitsu master, Frederic Koomsatira, DOMP for permitting NAO student Speranza to practice techniques in his gym/clinic in Montreal, Quebec (Canada).
We hope more of our alumni reach out to our students and allow them to practice techniques. Any NAO graduates who wishes to do so please let Rachel at the admissions office know.
Thank you.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Fixing the technical issue permanently!

Every 6 months we are almost doubling the size of our dedicated video servers because with increased enrollment, more students log-in to our dedicated video servers and the videos slow done. This occurs frequently as we keep growing.

To fix this situations, starting June 01, 2017 we have made it mandatory for all students for the next term to purchase external hard drives from NAO & NUMSS.

This would fix this issue once and for all. Students then use the online video server only when we add new videos or when they are away from home and do not have access to the hard drive.

Shea Andersen writes why he chose NAO

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

Student Write Poem for Dr Pourgol

A poem written by one of Dr Pourgol's students.

Online vs On-campus Education

Which one is better? The answer may surprise you!
Here is a research article by the US Department of Education that indicates online students perform better than on-campus students. "The meta-analysis found that on average, students in online learning conditions performed modestly better than
those receiving face-to-face instruction."

We teach online as well as on-campus education. However our on-campus students have full access to all our online video lectures as well.

A Letter to NAO Presidnet

A letter from a National Academy of Osteopathy 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

Manipulation vs Mobilization

Cervical manipulation is not better than cervical mobilization. Through clinical work we have noticed that mobilization is far superior to manipulation. This research shows that both help neck pain and that neck manipulation is not more effective than neck mobilization.

Student Loans for Osteopathic Education

Many banks, trusts, credit unions, and financial companies in Canada, US, Europe and elsewhere provide non-governmental private educational loans to students with a good credit history towards tuition payment of our osteopathy program.
You will need a letter from us which you can ask our school registrar to provide prior to applying for a loan.
The acceptance of the loan application depends almost entirely on your credit score and the bank. Some banks do provide student loans and some do not. Prior to applying it is best to ask the bank if they do provide student loans.

Clinic Jacket/Uniform

National Academy of Osteopathy Interns:
Please note that using a uniform or clinic jacket is mandatory when you treat a patient at NAO teaching clinic.

I love NAO!

I love National Academy of Osteopathy (NAO)! Photo taken at the Vanderbilt Beach in Naples, Florida, January 15, 2017.

NAO graduate invited to speak at the Rotary Club

National Academy of Osteopathy graduate, manual osteopath Trevor Cragg, DOMP was the guest speaker of the Uxbridge Rotary Club on Thursday as part of a focus on health.
Trevor has started his own practice here in Uxbridge - Balanced Body Osteopathy.
Pictured below is Trevor with Secretary Cyndie Jacobs.

So why did I chose osteopathy?

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

Professor Daniel Nuzum, NMD, DN, DO

American naprapath and osteopath, Dr Daniel Nuzum, NMD, DN, DO (from Ohio, USA) teaches a number of osteopathic techniques at National Academy of Osteopathy including the manual mechanotherapy, the lost techniques of osteopathy. NAO, along with its sister schools, the National University of Medical Sciences (USA) and National University of Medical Sciences (Spain) are the only schools of osteopathy in the world teaching manual mechanotherapy techniques.

Professor Darren Wigginton, RMT, DOMP

Registered massage therapist & manual osteopath, Professor Darren Wigginton teaching osteopathic soft tissue therapy at National Academy of Osteopathy campus in North York (Ontario).

Popular Professor: Pamela Crosson-Fournier

One of our most popular Professors, registered massage therapist & manual osteopath Pamela Crosson-Fournier, RMT, DOMP teaching cranial osteopathy at the York University Heights campus of National Academy of Osteopathy in North York (Ontario).

We love our students!

We love our students!

Professor Shahin Pourgol

Professor Shahin Pourgol, MBA, DC, DO, PhD teaching muscle energy techniques (MET) of osteopathy.

Olympic Powerlifter Joins NAO

Olympic powerlifter from British Columbia (Canada), kinesiologist Concetta D'Amato practicing osteopathic muscle energy technique at the York University Heights campus of National Academy of Osteopathy in Toronto.