Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Power of Unity

The Power of Unity

To get Osteopathic Manual Practice (OMP) regulated in Ontario we must unite. There are only 2 osteopathic physicians (DO) in Ontario (21 in Canada) and they got osteopathic medicine regulated in Ontario and all other Canadian provinces! We have more than 1000 osteopathic manual practitioners in Ontario and yet so far we are not regulated in any Canadian province.

I call for all osteopathic schools, associations, students, businesses and practitioners to set aside political differences to unite and help us get OMP regulated in Ontario. I have donated $200,000 to this campaign. We have the financial backing and budget to get this done, but we need your help for grass root work for mobilizing the public and patients. If all of your patients and the people you know send letters to the members of parliament, the government will notice us. We are starting to mobilize the public and need you to join us.

Please help OMP get regulated in Ontario. Your future depends on it.

Dr Shahin Pourgol
National Academy of Osteopathy

New Employment Trend for Osteopaths

New Employment Trend for Osteopaths

With the popularity of osteopathy with patients and its ability to help athletes function better, National Academy of Osteopathy decided that osteopathy could be the right fit inside gyms across Canada and USA.

NAO approached a number of gyms to send their personal and fitness trainers to study manual osteopathy.  This has become such a successful phenomenon that NAO is receiving many applications from personal trainers.

Soon most gyms in North America will have manual osteopaths/personal trainers on site for their members.  This is another way NAO is expanding osteopathy. No other osteopathic college in history has ever done so much for osteopathy. NAO is the single most reason osteopathy is now offered worldwide to millions of patients.  

A Different Type of Employment

A Different Type of Employment

A number of National Academy of Osteopathy graduates of the DOMP program who enjoy travelling, have found employment in the luxury Caribbean hotels & resorts as well as European spas to provide osteopathic soft tissue work for whole body relaxation. This is a new field in osteopathy. While osteopathy is used mostly to treat pain, a number of osteopaths are providing services for whole body relaxation and this is becoming very popular with clients.

This field has been created by National Academy of Osteopathy. This is one of the ideas taught to students by NAO professor Dr Pourgol in his “Creating a Million Dollar Practice” lecture series.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

NAO Graduate on Brazilian TV

NAO Graduate on NOSSA TV

National Academy of Osteopathy graduate Mr. Fernando Azevedo, DOMP on Brazilian TV station; Nossa TV which aired a segment on osteopathy.

We are so proud of Mr. Azevedo. He is working hard to introduce the Brazilians to this wonderful health profession that is osteopathy.

Keep the good work up Mr. Azevedo. We need more osteopaths like you!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Cranial Osteopathy & Visceral Techniques Added to DOMP Curriculum

Cranial Osteopathy & Visceral Manipulation Techniques Added to NAO Curriculum

To make the Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice (DOMP) program of National Academy of Osteopathy (NAO) World Health Organization (WHO) compliant; a number of advanced osteopathic techniques have been added to NAO DOMP curriculum.

These osteopathic techniques are taught to all NAO students starting September 28, 2013. Previous NAO graduates have the option of taking these courses as continuing education units (CEU) to satisfy the requirements of the College of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners of Ontario (COMPO).

Thursday, July 25, 2013

NAO Teaches Lymphatic Drainage Techniques

National Academy of Osteopathy teaches Lymphatic Drainage techniques.

NAO Teaches Counterstrain Techniques

National Academy of Osteopathy teaches counterstrain techniques (strain/counterstrain).

NAO Teaches Visceral Manipulation

National Academy of Osteopathy teaches Visceral Manipulation (visceral techniques).

NAO Teaches Cranial Osteopathy

National Academy of Osteopathy teaches cranial osteopathy (osteopathy in the cranial field).

Cranial Osteopathy, Visceral Manipulation, Counterstrain Techniques Offered at NAO

Continuing Education Course

Advanced Osteopathic Techniques (Cranial Osteopathy (osteopathy in the cranial field), Visceral Manipulation, Counterstrain techniques, Lymphatic Drainage)

Start Date; September 20, 2013

Program consists of approximately 144 hours of lectures and self directed studies.
Professor: Dr Jorge Aranda, Professor at Escuela Universitaria de Osteopatía (Barcelona, Spain) & British College of Osteopathic Medicine (UK)

Tuition: Free for all NAO graduates who have enrolled in either the National Academy of Osteopathy Fellowship Program in Osteopathic Rehabilitation Sciences. For NAO students and graduates not enrolled in these two programs the tuition is set at $1,000 plus HST. For all others the tuition is set at $1,500.

To inquire about enrollment in this CEU program please contact

Monday, July 22, 2013

Videos: NAO Class of Feb 2013

National Academy of Osteopathy practical osteopathic techniques class for February 2013 Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice (DOMP) graduates

Friday, July 19, 2013

NAO Class of Feb 2013

Dr Shahin Pourgol, president of National Academy of Osteopathy handing out diplomas to a graduate of February 2013 class. We are proud of our graduates. They are destined to be great osteopathic manual practitioners. Congratulations Class of Feb 2013. You are now manual osteopaths.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

NAO Students Practicing Osteopathic Technqiues

Students practicing osteopathic techniques at National Academy of Osteopathy campus in Toronto.

National Academy of Osteopathy Invited by Ontario Ministry

Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities has invited the National Academy of Osteopathy (NAO) along with other private colleges for a roundtable meeting on “Strengthening of the Outcomes of Private Postsecondary Institutions to Help Graduates Succeed and Contribute to Ontario’s Economy.”
NAO president, Dr Shahin Pourgol will represent NAO in this meeting.


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Osteopathic Technique Class at NAO

National Academy of Osteopathy students (Class of Feb 2013) practicing osteopathic techniques at NAO's Toronto campus. Future osteopaths!



NAO President Meets Ontario Minister & Liberal Leader

Dr Shahin Pourgol, president of National Academy of Osteopathy with Dr Reza Moridi, Ontario Minister of Research & Innovation & Justin Trudeau, leader of Liberal Party of Canada (and future prime minister of Canada?).

Friday, July 12, 2013

September 15, 2013 is the Registration Deadline

Registration Deadline
National Academy of Osteopathy fall term classes starts September 28, 2013. The registration deadline is September 15, 2013. To endure admittance please register prior to the deadline. Thank you.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

92% Passing Rate in the Board Exams. Congratulations Class of Feb 2013

92% Passing Rate for NAO Feb 2013 Graduates in the CMOEB Boards

We are happy to announce that the National Academy of Osteopathy class of Feb 2013 had a 92% passing rate in the board exams administered by the Canadian Manual Osteopathy Examining Board.

They are now eligible to apply for membership to the International Osteopathic Association to receive a license number to practice osteopathic manual practice in Canada.

Congratulations. You made us feel so proud.

Monday, July 8, 2013

NAO Toronto Students, Class of Feb 2013

Osteopathic Technique Classes Started

The practical technique classes of National Academy of Osteopathy have started for the Toronto campus Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice (DOMP) class of Feb 2013.

Welcome to the first day of class!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

NAO Graduates Can Join COMPO

NAO Graduates Can Join COMPO

The Osteopathic Rehabilitation Fellowship program of National Academy of Osteopathy is a World Health Organization (WHO) compliant osteopathic manual practice program and as such NAO graduates of this program in Ontario are eligible to apply for membership to the newly formed College of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners of Ontario (COMPO).

The tuition for the fellowship program is set at $1500 for NAO graduates (for all others it is $16,500). Please contact NAO admissions office to inquire how you may enrol in the fellowship program.

College of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners of Ontario

College of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners of Ontario (COMPO)

We are excited to announce that the Manual Osteopaths Unite campaign has registered the College of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners of Ontario ( its website ( will be set up soon.

The College of Osteopathic manual practitioners of Ontario (COMPO) is the governing body established by the osteopathic manual practice profession to regulate osteopathic manual practitioners (OMP) in Ontario.

The COMPO has the following objects:

  • To regulate the practice of the profession and to govern members in accordance with the health profession act.
  • To develop, establish and maintain standards of qualification for persons to be issued certificates of registration to practice as osteopathic manual practitioners.
  • To develop, establish and maintain programs and standards of practice to assure the quality of the osteopathic manual practice profession.
  • To develop, establish and maintain standards of knowledge and skill and programs to promote continuing evaluation, competence and improvement among the members
  • To develop, establish and maintain standards of professional ethics for members.
  • To develop, establish and maintain programs to assist individuals to exercise their rights under health professions act. 
  • To administer the health professions act and this code as it relates to the profession, and to perform the other duties and exercise the other powers imposed or conferred on the College.
  • To promote and enhance relations between the College and its members, other health profession colleges, key stakeholders, and the public
  • To develop, establish and maintain standards and programs to promote the ability of members to respond to changes in practice, environments, advances in technology and other emerging issues.
  • Any other objects relating to human health care the College considers desirable.

COMPO's main responsibilities include:

  • developing standards of admission to the osteopathic manual practice profession;
  • establishing standards and guidelines for members' conduct and practice;
  • developing programs to help osteopathic manual practitioners maintain and improve their skills and knowledge;
  • investigating complaints and reports;
  • disciplining members who have committed acts of professional misconduct or who are incompetent or incapacitated.

College of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners of Ontario (COMPO) is governed by a 16-member policy-making Council composed of nine osteopathic manual practitioners elected by osteopathic manual practitioners from among their peers and seven members of the public appointed by the COMPO.


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Pourgol Family Coat of Arms

Pourgol Family Coat of Arms

Each item in a coat of arms has detailed symbolism attached to it. Here is the short symbolism behind each item in the Pourgol family coat of arms:
1) The two royal falcons represent me “Shahin” as the patriarch of Pourgol family in Canada protecting the family. The name Shahin in Farsi means “royal falcon”.
2) On the shield; on top and bottom and the middle are colors of green, red and white symbolizing Iran; where Pourgol family came from.
3) In the middle of the shield; five maple leave; symbolizing Canada; where Pourgol family resides and the five initial members of Pourgol clan in Canada.
4) My dog Snowy on the shield represents unconditional love. The love I have for all family and people around me.
5) The lion on the shield has two meaning. First is a symbol of Venice, Italy; where I proposed to the love of my life. She is the reason behind all my success. Because of her I am the happiest man alive. Second; it symbolizes my son.
6) The two books symbolize my father’s school, and my school (National Academy of Osteopathy), as well as the love my dad instilled in me for books; which is one of the reasons for my success.
7) The green leave on top symbolizes nature that I love so dearly. It also symbolizes the village of Foshtom, city of Rasht and the province of Gilan that are always so green.
8) The vertebra on top symbolizes chiropractic & Osteopathy. Chiropractic directed me toward a career in health. Osteopathy directed me to share my knowledge with students. Inside the vertebra is the word “Shahin” in Farsi.
9) Dream Big. Take Action; at the bottom is my motto in life. It is what I believe and what has taken me to where I am.
10) The color green, orange, and blue represent trees, sun and sea that I love so much. The color blue also represents National Academy of Osteopathy which allowed me to help my fellow Canadians by creating jobs and providing a better life for so many people while helping thousands of patients decrease their pain.
11) The purple color on the shield symbolizes my best friend Devika; who is the best human being I have ever met. She has taught me a lot about the fine art of tranquility.

Dr Shahin Pourgol
National Academy of Osteopathy

2000 Blog Views

2000 Blog Views

National Academy of Osteopathy blog had over 2000 views in less than 2 months since it has been set up. Thank you for reading our blog.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Dr Pourgol Donates $200,000

Dr Pourgol Donates $200,000

The campaign “Manual Osteopaths Unite” has been started by a number of osteopathic schools and organizations, including NAO.
Dr Shahin Pourgol, president of National Academy of Osteopathy and the National University of Medical Sciences has donated $200,000 to this campaign to help osteopathic manual practice become a regulated health profession in the Province of Ontario (Canada) as defined by the Regulated Health Professions Act of 1991.