Monday, January 23, 2017

Student Internship in Montreal

National Academy of Osteopathy graduate, Frederic Koomsatira, BSc, CSCS, DOMP (osteopath & a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu champion and coach) has been kind enough to allow our students to shadow him and work on a volunteer basis in his clinic in Montreal (Quebec, Canada).

Our interested students who wish to do some volunteer work should contact Frederic directly at or 1-514-581-3400. The clinic website is:

We are grateful to Frederic for helping our students. Any other graduate who wishes to allow our students shadow them please let the admissions office know.

Thank you.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Registered nurse writes about NAO

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”.

Thank you.

Candace Terry RN DOMP
Can Save Lives Treatment & Training Centre

Friday, January 20, 2017

Another successful manual osteopath

A letter from a National Academy of Osteopathy 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 :)

Thanks so much!!

Trevor Cragg, DOMP
Balanced Body Osteopathy

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Letter from Vaughan Mayor

We just received a letter from Honorable Maurizio Bevilacqua, mayor of the city of Vaughan!
"........You are contributing to the wellbeing of our city..........your commitment to your profession is admirable, as is your dedication to helping people ..............I also want to express my gratitude to the academy for providing students with an inviting and nurturing environment in which to learn...."

Letter from Ontario Premier

We just received a letter from honorable Kathleen Wynne, the premier of Ontario (Canada):
"............Osteopathic manual practitioners help people take charge of their well-being through a whole body approach to health. I commend the National Academy of Osteopathy for their commitment to excellence and professionalism in their profession.......... "

Card from Mississauga Mayor

A big thanks to honorable Bonnie Crombie, the mayor of city of Mississauga in Ontario, Canada for remembering National Academy of Osteopathy students in this holiday season and to invite us for her annual event. We are always are grateful to hear from this great mayor.

Holiday Wishes from the Prime Minister Family

National Academy of Osteopathy (Canada) president, Dr Shahin Pourgol, MBA, DC, DO, PhD received a letter from Sophie Grégoire Trudeau wishing him a happy holidays on behalf of herself and her husband, honorable Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada.

I Love You All

Happy new year everyone! This has been an amazing year for us!

I am grateful specially to our students and alumni. You are our ambassadors. It is through you that millions of patients have been introduced and benefited from the wonderful & miraculous profession of osteopathy.

You, our students are the reason we have become the number one provider of osteopathic education worldwide, teaching in 68 countries. In many cases you are the first one who introduced osteopathy in your country. And we thank you for this.

Happy new year everyone. My love is always with you and I am always here for you if you need me. My support for you does not finish with your graduation.

I wish you a happy healthy wealthy 2017!

Dr Shawn Pourgol, MBA, DC, DO, PhD
National Academy of Osteopathy (Canada)

Letter from Toronto Mayor

We are grateful to Honorable John Tory, the mayor of Toronto (Canada) for sending us a letter wishing happy holidays to the National Academy of Osteopathy students.

It is so nice of the mayor to think of us in the holiday season.

Why I Chose NAO

Shea Andersen, DOMP writes about why he chose to study at National Academy of Osteopathy.

Free Osteopathy Treatments at NAO Student Clinic

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We are offering free Manual Osteopathy Treatments by our graduating students beginning January 5 to February 17, 2017.
The schedule are as follows:
Monday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (last patient begins at 3:00 pm)
Tuesday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (last patient begins at 3:00 pm)
Wednesday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (last patient begins at 3:00 pm)
Thursday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (last patient begins at 3:00 pm)
Friday, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm (last patient begins at 2:00 pm)
No Saturday.
No Sunday.
Our address is:
National Academy of Osteopathy
121 Limestone Crescent,
Toronto, ON M3J 2R1
To book please call: 416-635-6550
Or email us at:
We hope you can book and try Manual Osteopathy. This will also help our student interns fulfill their requirement for graduation.

New NAO Program: Diploma in Phytotherapy

The Diploma program in Phytotherapy (botanical medicine) has been approved to be offered by National Academy of Osteopathy.

Information about this new NAO program will be provided soon.

Student Writes Poetry About NAO President

A poem written by one of Dr Pourgol's students.

New NAO Program: Diploma in Athletic Therapy

After losing 60 pounds last year I gained over 10 pounds of muscle in November by hitting the weights hard and heavy while eating a lot of protein, good healthy fat and complex carbohydrates.
I exercise every day and am very interested in a healthy life style. I plan to add more health, wellness and fitness related programs to our schools.

Therefore I am happy to find out today that a new diploma program in athletic therapy has been approved to be added to National Academy of Osteopathy. This is such a great news!

Information about this new NAO program will be provided soon.

Dr Shahin Pourgol, MBA, DC, DO, PhD

Card from Canadian Prime Minister

National Academy of Osteopathy president, Dr. Shahin Pourgol, MBA, DC, DO, PhD received a card from Right Honorable Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada.

Online vs On-campus Education

Which one is better? The answer may surprise you!

Here is a research article by the US Department of Education that indicates online students perform better than on-campus students. "The meta-analysis found that on average, students in online learning conditions performed modestly better than those receiving face-to-face instruction." 

We teach online as well as on-campus education. However our on-campus students have full access to all our online video lectures as well.