Are you looking for a profession that is patient centred, hands-on, and rewarding? Do you enjoy solving challenging problems, interacting with others, and serving the public? Are you interested in science, health, and wellness? Do you have great people skills?
If so, becoming an osteopathic manual practitioner may be in your future. It’s one of the fastest growing health professions in Canada, with more than 1,500 osteopaths across the country providing valued health care to many Canadians each year. While European style osteopathy is drug free, non-invasive health care (compared to American style osteopathy that uses surgery and medications), it is a respected health profession recognised by statute by many insurers in Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand, and many other countries in Europe and Asia.
Osteopathic manual practitioners are community based, primary contact health care providers. Osteopaths assess disorders related to the spine, nervous system and joints of the extremities, and provide manual, hands-on treatment for these disorders. Osteopathic care is directed toward restoring, enhancing, improving, or maintaining the quality of life and health of the patient. This is achieved through the use of the osteopathic techniques and related manual medicine therapies, primarily to the musculoskeletal system, in order to affect the regulation of the body.
A post published on LinkedIn by NAO student, osteopath, Hep (Alvin) Rebellon who works in Dubai, UAE.
Previously, mainstream osteopathic schools and their alumni thought of Dr. Pourgol's vision for online osteopathic education was inadequate by providing its schools curriculum all online. In my opinion those schools are not visionaries as they failed to harness the full potential of digital learning in their osteopathic educational programs and have chosen to stay with the traditional classroom learning setting. Dr. Pourgol is leading by years away in providing online osteopathy education. Honestly, I chose to study under Dr. Pourgol’s institutions (National Academy of Osteopathy & then National University of Medical Sciences) due to their proactive effort to uplift the osteopathic profession, their continuous innovations in education and learning platform, the professional support that they provide to their graduates, and to get a cost-effective education (which other schools are shying away from). Kudos to Dr. Pourgol and the faculty of both schools in Canada and Spain. Dr Pourgol, Thank you for your vision. Please do share this in your network - so more people can have the privilege to benefit from your vision, knowledge, experiences and teachings. Many thanks Dr. Pourgol. Looking forward to meet you in person one day.
"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 "
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. "
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.
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."
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"
A post from NAO graduate, Dr Mercedeh Ghazi, MD, DOMP written for National Academy of Osteopathy technique instructor, Nizholas Zancai, DOMP
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!"
A post from NAO graduate Dani Reid, DOMP (August 2016) to Dr Pourgol
"Thank you, you are the best teacher in the world!"
A letter from one of our students in Mexico
Dear Dr. Pourgol
I first want to thank you for the great lectures the school has. I've passed through other Osteopathy schools and none of them have taught me how to become a real osteopath as this school does. I live in México City, single mom of two boys, and osteopathy has become very important to me, a way of life.
I'm very proud to be part of the best osteopaths in the world.
A post by our student Jodi, who is a Canadian Fitness Champion
When I started this program (diploma in osteopathic manual practice) I wasn't sure if I could do it, but honestly my school is the best and the amount of knowledge I have gained is immeasurable! National Academy of Osteopathy has the best profs, staff and alumni that are always available to answer questions.
Osteopathy is such an amazing profession!! I am so excited to embark on this next chapter and coincide it with Lean Aesthetics.
A post from kinesiologist and osteopathy student, Christina Anderson from Beeton, Ontario
"Dr. Pourgol is the best teacher I have ever had the pleasure to know. I have never met such an intelligent man. He is such a positive influence in my life and I feel grateful everyday to have someone with such influence guiding me."
Here is to wishing more people were willing to teach and serve as Dr. Shahin Pourgol. The man is a beacon of light…….. he is amazing. I watch his lectures in awe and am like, I wish I would have had this 15 years ago!........... They are really helpful with the whole explanation of courses…….It is of great value to the health arena and honestly is very revolutionary. They explain the scope and proper usage of techniques, and want you to succeed from day one. I am doing it part time. I mean I have been soaking in so much & I am already on day 5-6 and I have only been in it for less than a week. They provide everything you need to be a success. Check it out my friend and if you have questions contact them. God bless
"Dear Dr. Pourgol: I just want to thank you for all your help and support during past 3 months. For the past year and half that I am in Canada I was looking to find a career not only a job and I was unsuccessful. Now that we are getting close to the end of this program I feel that I have found a career that I love and it is all because of you. Three short months ago I had no idea how to treat back or neck disorders or any other muscle or skeletal pain, but today I really feel that I can do a proper treatment. Thank you so much for the opportunity to be a part of this academy. You have no idea how much osteopathy affected my life. I believe these kinds of opportunities are the reason they call North America land of opportunity. Best regards."