National Academy of Osteopathy (Canada) teaches osteopathy in 68 countries (online or on-campus). It is the first and only osteopathy college to receive recognition award for teaching excellence from Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. The student clinic is located at the York University Heights campus of NAO in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Contact National Academy of Osteopathy graduate, kinesiologist & manual osteopath Angela Waller, DOMP at:
Celtic Flow Osteopathy
4916 49th Street
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Call (867) 445-3694
NAO is the largest provider of osteopathic education in the world, with alumni in 68 countries. Our alumni work in all Canadian provinces. To receive information on how to become a manual osteopath please send us an email to request NAO information package at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
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!
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!
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.
“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.
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.
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! :) "
.............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.
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 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!!"
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 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
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.
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 email@example.com. 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 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. https://www.facebook.com/physicalpark/
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.
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
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.
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.
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. http://matthewmorin.ca/
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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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.
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 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.......