NAO Founder

National Academy of Osteopathy has been registered on June 02, 2010 by the world famous manual osteopath Dr. Shawn Pourgol, MBA, DC, DO, PhD, who since then continues to be its president and one of the professors. In 2016 Dr Pourgol was elected as the president of Canadian Union of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners.

Dr. Pourgol’s outstanding education and accomplishments began in 1989 when he attended Eastern High School of Commerce (Toronto, Canada) and became the Toronto & Ontario scholar of 1989. In his continuous pre-doctoral education at Ryerson University in Applied Chemistry and Biology, he managed to obtain the highest academic average of 97% (A+) between 11,000 university students, for which he was rewarded with the Merit Award, by Honourable David Peterson, the premier of Province of Ontario in Canada. Subsequently, Dr. Pourgol was accepted 1991 to the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College where he finished with a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) Degree in 1995 (Dr Pourgol resigned as a chiropractor on March 06, 2014). Dr. Pourgol also has post graduate training in physical rehabilitation, sports medicine, clinical ergonomics, business administration (MBA), work related injuries, and manual osteopathy; including a DOMP (Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice), a DO (Doctor of Osteopathy) and a PhD in Osteopathic Clinical Sciences.

Dr. Pourgol is a member of major osteopathic organizations such as: the Ontario College of Osteopathic Rehabilitation Sciences, National Osteopathic Practitioners Association (NOPA) & International Osteopathic Association. Dr. Pourgol has passed the board exams administered by the College of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners of Ontario, Canadian Manual Osteopathy Examining Board, Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board and the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

Dr. Pourgol is a well-known sports specialist in Portugal and Toronto, where he served as a doctor of Football Club of Porto (FCP) in Portugal and Iftin Football Club and Arya Football Club in Toronto.

Dr. Pourgol is also the founder and president of the Osteopathy Chronic Pain Clinics of Canada ( which has 316 clinics in Canada, USA and elsewhere. OCPCC is the largest pain clinic in the world. In 2019 Dr. Pourgol has accepted the position of Minister of Education for the Southern Cherokee Nation, USA.

Dr. Pourgol established himself as an editor, health spokesperson, and as a well-known international and local author. He is a past founder and editor of the Chiropractic Medicine Journal and past president and founder of Iranian Chiropractic Association (Canada). Dr. Pourgol is an author of numerous published articles everywhere in the world and he is also author of the books “Clinical Ergonomics: Joint Specific Exercises”, “Manual Osteopathy Techniques: LUMBAR”, and “Canadian Guide to Healthy Feet and Legs”. He has also published the poetry book “The Burgeoning Songs of Rain”.

Dr. Pourgol appeared as a health spokesperson on radio and Live on TV health shows in Toronto. Dr. Pourgol’s continuous involvement with many charities has led him to become a regularly invited spokesperson for seminars presented to seniors, workers and students regarding ergonomics and other health related issues.

In 2012, Dr. Pourgol founded June 22nd as the World Osteopathy Day. After 140 years the profession of osteopathy has now a day of its own. In November 2013 on the request of Dr Pourgol, the Canada Post published the first ever osteopathy postal stamp ($1 each) with a logo of World Osteopathy Day.

Dr. Pourgol can be reached at . His personal website is