Friday, September 30, 2016

NAO Hires Ontario Dance Champion

Our New Employee

We welcome Dasha Veprjitska, DOMP to our team.

Dasha is a National Academy of Osteopathy graduate (class of Sept 2015). Prior to becoming a manual osteopath she was a ballerina & an Ontario dance champion.

We welcome Dasha to our team and wish her great success in her new work.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

NAO Graduates Can Join NLOA

Newfoundland and Labrador Osteopathic Association (NLOA)

NLOA is the first ever osteopathy association in Newfoundland and Labrador and one of our alumnus is its president.

We have been told that the association website will be up within a month. Meanwhile our graduates who wish to get information about membership can contact NLOA president, Dr Matt Gibbons, DOMP, DO (Spain) at:

Newfoundland & Labrador Osteopathic Association
48 Bannister Street
Mount Pearl, Newfoundland
Canada A1N 1W1

Letter from Prime Minister

National Academy of Osteopathy president Dr Shahin Pourgol, MBA, DC, DO, PhD was surprised, honored and happy to receive a handwritten message from honourable Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, thanking him for everything he does! 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

First Time in History in Manitoba

Congratulations to National Academy of Osteopathy graduate, manual osteopath and award winning bodybuilder, Adam Welsh, DOMP for being elected the president of Manitoba Osteopathic Association.

This is the first time in history that the Canadian province of Manitoba has an osteopathy association of its own.

NAO attracts top athletes because osteopathy and sports go well together. If you are interested in sports consider a career in osteopathy. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Our Graduate & BJJ Champion on Canadian TV

Osteopath & Brazilian jujitsu champion, Frederic Koomsatira, DOMP was featured on Breakfast Television Montreal this morning with TV host Derick Fage.
National Academy of Osteopathy attracts top athletes. Osteopathy and sports go well together.

Monday, September 26, 2016

NOPA President Gives Lecture at NAO

Guest Professor

Manual osteopath Andrew Chan, DOMP, president of National Osteopathic Alumni Association dropped by today to give a lecture on osteopathic philosophy as well as shoulder evaluation & treatment to our students.

We know how busy he is and are grateful he cares so much about his Alma Mater. 


NAO Guest Professor

Our president, Dr Pourgol, with guest professor, manual osteopath Andrew Chan, DOMP, president of National Osteopathic Alumni Association, and Dr Oleg Bagrin, MD, DOMP.

Andrew gave a lecture on osteopathy philosophy as well as shoulder evaluation to the class of Sept 2016 at the York University Heights campus of NAO in Toronto.

We Made History (again!)

Did you know we introduced manual osteopathy to Bermuda?

Anyone wishing to receive manual osteopathic care in an exotic beautiful island setting in Bermuda should contact Thomas Andrew at the Reefs, a five star luxury resort in Southampton, Bermuda (

Thomas is the only practicing manual osteopath in Bermuda. He is one of the students of National Academy of Osteopathy (Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice – DOMP).

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 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Chiropractic & Naprapathy Origin

Did you know health professions of chiropractic and naprapathy originated from osteopathy?

Did you know most manual therapy techniques used by physiotherapists are osteopathic in origin?

Osteopathy is the grandfather of most manual therapy primary health care systems.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Fitness Champion Joins NAO

Jodi Livingston has enrolled at the Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice program of National Academy of Osteopathy.

Jodi has competed 11 times in fitness events and placed top three at 3 Canadian Nationals and also won Nova Scotia East Coast Classic NS provincials and 3rd at the Atlantic Championships this past year.

We welcome this top athlete to our school and wish her success in her new academic endeavors. 

First Osteopathy Association in History

Until this week, the province of Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada had no manual osteopathy association. For the first time in history an association has been set up in this Canadian province and manual osteopath, Dr Matt Gibbons, DOMP, DO has been chosen as its president.

Dr Gibbons has a diploma in osteopathic manual practice from National Academy of Osteopathy (Canada).
We are proud of Dr Gibbons and are sure under his direction the Newfoundland and Labrador Osteopathic Association will promote the profession effectively.

The association website will be ready within a month. The contact information is:

Newfoundland & Labrador Osteopathic Association
48 Bannister street
Mount Pearl, Newfoundland
Canada A1N 1W1
Phone: (709) 747-7463

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

American 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!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

From Norway

A post by NAO 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.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

A Post by an NAO Student from Nova Scotia

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 :) :) “

Thursday, September 15, 2016

BCAOMP Accepts NAO Graduates as Members

The British Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (BCAOMP) accepts as members the graduates of Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice (D.O.M.P.) program of National Academy of Osteopathy.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

President of British Columbia Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners

Congratulations to National Academy of Osteopathy graduate, manual osteopath, Mark MacKenzie, DOMP for becoming the president of British Columbia Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (BCAOMP). 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

NOPA President Reviews National Academy of Osteopathy

Manual osteopath, Andrew Chan, DOMP, president of the National Osteopathic Practitioners Alumni Association (NOPA), who is a graduate of National Academy of Osteopathy has written the following review about NAO.  We are grateful to him for taking time from his busy schedule to review our school. 

Posted on August 31, 2016
NAO Graduate
………………………………….In Ontario, Alberta, Quebec, even across Canada wide our graduates can join and "accredited" by Ontario Osteopathic Alternative Medicine Association (OOAMA), Society of Osteopath Canada (SOC), National Manual Osteopathic Society (NMOS), Ontario Association of Osteopathic Practitioners (OAOP) just to name a few. Upon graduation, you may join either associations to bill insurance company under extended health care plans (EHCP) in order for your patients/clients to receive reimbursements. I do not have issues in terms of billing or rejected claims.

I was an in-class student so my review will be base on that only. The Professors which instructed our class are professional, well-rounded knowledge and extremely patient with us……………… I can say that NAO professors not only demonstrate techniques in front of the class, they also demonstrate techniques on all the students individually so you can understand how it is done safely and correctly. Lots of my patients after receiving my treatments are feeling much better, decreased pain, sleeping better and more energetic all because of what I learnt at NAO. NAO "opened" the door for me to learn more about osteopathy but it is up to "me" as the "practitioner" to leap thru the door and explore osteopathy teachings (that was the mentality I felt when I was at NAO). 

The best part is Dr. Pourgol’s business lectures. Normally you would have to pay for such information but it is included in our course which I find very useful. I hope this review enlighten future students or potential patients.

I practice in 2 Clinics in Ontario:
SmartLife Physiotherapy Clinic
385 Silver Star Blvd Unit 212, 212 (second floor), Scarborough, Ontario
Towncentre Rehab Clinic (OHIP Funded)
60 Brian Harrison Way, 4, Scarborough, Ontario

If you are looking for mobile services, questions about the school, looking for treatment, please email me directly: or find me on Facebook "". 

Interested in osteopathy as a career in Nova Scotia?

Manual osteopath Meghan Martin, BScK, DOMP, a graduate of National Academy of Osteopathy (in Halifax, NS) has set up a live web meet up event to discuss osteopathic education in Nova Scotia (Canada).

Please contact her directly at her Facebook page if interested in signing for this event. Here is her post which we shared with her permission:

“There is no better job than helping others feel their best!
The Web meet-up to discuss manual Osteopathy as a career option and my experience will be Friday, SEPTEMBER 2nd, 2016 at 9 am Atlantic time!
More details to be launched, the login info will be available soon!

Her Facebook page is:

Interested in a great career in Singapore?

Consider studying osteopathy at National Academy of Osteopathy.

There are only 20 osteopaths in Singapore compared to 1500 physiotherapists for a population of 5.6 million!

• Prior health education is not required. Open to all high school graduates.
• There is zero unemployment in this profession.
• All graduates either find employment or open their own private clinics.
• Osteopaths are quite successful in treating chronic pain. That is one reason why they are in high demand.
• Most osteopaths have a waiting list of months in Singapore.

We offer a one year diploma in osteopathic manual practice (D.O.M.P.) program that can be taken on-campus in Toronto (Canada) or online in Singapore (with two weeks of optional practical training in Toronto). It is available to those who have completed high school (prior health education is not required). We teach in 68 countries and are the largest provider of osteopathic education worldwide.
Our graduates in Singapore can join International Osteopathic Association and many other organizations.

To receive our information package please email us at You may also visit our website at for more information.

Thank you for reading this post and we do hope you consider becoming an osteopath. Singapore surely needs more osteopaths.

Are NAO graduates permitted to bill Canadian private health insurers?

To bill an extended health plan (EHP) insurer in Canada NAO alumni must first join one or more osteopathic association in Canada, such as Society of Osteopaths of Canada (based in Quebec but available for NAO graduates in all Canadian provinces), Regroupement des Intervenants et Thérapeutes en Médecine Alternative (available in Quebec only), National Manual Osteopathic Society (based in Alberta but available to our graduates in all Canadian provinces), & Ontario Osteopathic & Alternative Medicine Association (the 2nd oldest osteopathic association in Canada) among others. The full list is found at the first page of NAO website. Membership in these associations would provide billing numbers for NAO graduates which permit them to bill extended health insurers in all Canadian provinces including Alberta, British Columbia, Quebec and Ontario.

We brought osteopathy to Newfoundland & Labrador

Did you know osteopathy was introduced to the province of Newfoundland & Labrador (Canada) by National Academy of Osteopathy in 2013?

We are the main reason osteopathy has expanded so much around the world in the past 6 years.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Monday, September 5, 2016

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.