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$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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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