Saturday, 19 August 2017

Last Day of Class - August 18, 2017

It was so nice to see so many of my students this week after 45 days of summer vacation. I had students come as far as Dubai to practice osteopathic techniques and I am grateful to have had this opportunity to share my knowledge with them.
Thank you for trusting us with your osteopathic education.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Thank You Note From Prime Minister of Canada

I love Canada!

Where else a prime minister sends you a personal thank you note for donating money????

It was a nice way to start the day, receiving an email from the Honorable Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada!

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Gift From Dubai!

A big thanks to my student, Brazilian physiotherapist Renata Von Kouh-Wright, a doctor of osteopathy student of National University of Medical Sciences (Spain) who practices in Dubai, for bringing me these super yummy, supper delicious date pastries from Dubai.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Coalition for the Regulation of Manual Osteopathy in Ontario (CRMOO)

We have started the process of getting the profession of manual osteopathy regulated in Ontario. The Coalition for the Regulation of Manual Osteopathy in Ontario (CRMOO) has been created to unite the profession as unity is the first and most important of the three requirements of the Ontario government to evaluate a profession for regulatory purposes.

Osteopathy is already regulated in the province of Ontario. In Ontario osteopaths are medical doctors who are members of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO). The first time the profession started the process of regulation it failed because the word “osteopathy” was used. This caused opposition by CPSO and confused the Ontario government as “osteopathy” was already regulated. To avoid this concern “Manual Osteopathy” is used instead to separate our profession from osteopathic medicine in Ontario.

The second time profession started the process of regulation it also failed because selected organizations decided to exclusively start the regulatory process without uniting the profession. This has failed because Ontario government requires the profession to be united.

This Coalition has been formed with the sole purpose of uniting the profession and representing the profession when dealing with the Ontario government. To this end the Coalition will accept all schools, all associations, and all organizations. It is not mandate of the Coalition to set educational requirements and policies for the profession or evaluate each organization. Educational, ethics and practice guidelines will be decided and developed by an appropriate committee when manual osteopathy regulation is achieved. Until then every organization is accepted.

There will not be any leadership posts in the Coalition. The Coalition will be managed by a committee that includes one representative from each school and organization. This is important as we want all organizations feel they have a voice in managing the Coalition.

We understand there may be a few organizations that wish not to join the Coalition. However the majority will join and we believe the ones who do not join initially will join it later once they realize how beneficial regulation is to the profession.

All philosophical and educational differences can and should be set aside for the purpose of becoming united to get the profession regulated. Once manual osteopaths are regulated, they can get together and decide on what requirements they wish to have for osteopathic education. To do this beforehand is troublesome as it causes a divide in the profession and without unity there will not be regulation.

I invite all osteopathic manual practitioners to speak to their alma mater and associations and to encourage them to join this Coalition for the benefit of manual osteopathy.

Get united to become regulated.

Shawn Pourgol, MBA, DC, DO, PhD
National Academy of Osteopathy (Canada)
National University of Medical Sciences (Spain)
National University of Medical Sciences (USA)
Canadian Union of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Namibia: such a beautiful African country!

I love travelling. I love nature. And I am grateful that my work allows me to travel so much. We have alumni in 68 countries and every morning at 3AM, when I wake up to do my work I spend a few minutes looking at the travel photos of my students from afar. It just starts my day beautifully to see how we are blessed to be alive and to live on this amazing earth.

This morning in my mind I went to Namibia in Southwest Africa (thanks to my student Wolfgang Henckert who made me aware of its beauty). Look at all this beauty. Wow! I am speechless!
We have introduced osteopathy to many African countries such as Nigeria, Cameroon, South Africa, Tanzania, Madagascar, etc.

It is our mission to make osteopathic care available in every town of the world with a population of 100,000 and more.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

مدرک دانشگاه ما در اسپانیا قانونی شد

با تشکر از دکتر مری بومیدنگ، یکی‌ از دانشجویان رشتهٔ دکترای آستئوپاتی و فوق لیسانس مدیریت بهداشت دانشگاه ملی‌ علوم پزشکی‌ اسپانیا ما در کشور سویس که به ما اطلاع داد در عرض ۳ هفته توانست ۲ مدرک خود را در اسپانیا قانونی کند و مورد تائید کنسولگری اسپانیا قرار دهد
قانونی کردن مدارک حدود ۷۰۰ یورو خرج دارد و احتیاج نیست که دانشجو در اسپانیا باشد. وکیل‌هایی‌ هستند که این کار را برای دانشجویان ما انجام میدهند از شهر مادرید
قانونی کردن یک مدرک برای اکثر دانشجویان الزامی نیست. فقط بعضی‌ از دولت‌ها این کار را احتیاج دارند و مدرک قانونی شده میخواهند. به طور مثال برای مهاجرت به کشوری دیگر یا کار در یک بیمارستان امکان دارد دولت بخواهد که مدرک قانونی شود

Monday, 7 August 2017

NAO students love me!

A post from kinesiologist Tyler Butt, a National Academy of Osteopathy student from Newfoundland, Canada:

Dr. Pourgol, along with his amazing staff and professors, presented me with a tremendous amount of knowledge, skills, ideas, and useful business marketing techniques that I will cherish for a lifetime. Dr. Pourgol's lectures regarding Business Management and Clinical Ethics were a lot of information to take in but after watching and learning I can definitely see why this man has become as successful as he is. 

Saturday, 5 August 2017

My students love me!

"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."

Christina Anderson

My students love me! That is THE BEST post a teacher can read so early in the morning. It made my day! Thank you Christina for the kind words! 

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Chiropractors love osteopathy!

We have many chiropractors who join us to study osteopathy. Dr Liza Egbogah, DC, DOMP studied chiropractic at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College followed by osteopathy at the National Academy of Osteopathy. Dr Egbogah owns a multidisciplinary clinic in Toronto (Canada) as well as a line of stylish orthopedic shoes that are fashionable while being comfortable ( These pumps have been showcased on numerous TV shows in Canada. Many celebrities are her clients. We are proud to have her as our alumna.

Here is what Dr Egbogah posted on her blog about why she chose to study osteopathy:

The main reason I chose to pursue osteopathy instead of chiropractic is that while chiropractic focuses primarily on spinal manipulation, osteopathy involves head to toe treatment to help the body work more efficiently. Whether someone has a wrist fracture, back pain or a knee injury, manual osteopaths will treat the entire body to optimize functioning. I have always felt that with the multitude of interconnections in the body, addressing the entire system is the only way to effectively treat. 


Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Wedding in St Marin

Congratulations to National Academy of Osteopathy graduate, manual osteopath and Yoga teacher Jeannie Dhun, DOMP for her wedding in St Martin.

A number of our alumni, including two of our employees, Nick and Dasha attended this destination wedding. 

My Life is a dream.......

My life is but a dream I seem not to wake up from.

There is this world where I am now that no one else knows,
Where beauties abound and excitement abundant.

A mysterious place out of reach of any one's reach,
Safely secluded close but far.

And that is my mind, where imagination rules!

Dream big. Take action! 
Dr Shawn Pourgol
Manual Osteopath 

Letters from Justin & Sophie

I am happy that Honorable Justin Trudeau the prime minister of Canada and his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau write me once in a while! I received these letters recently:

Shahin, your hope, hard work and unwavering support have made it possible to make a real and positive difference in the lives of Canadians. (Justin)

It's your support that has made this important progress possible -- so thank you, Shahin. Justin and I couldn't be more proud to be building this shared home -- a better Canada -- with you at our side. (Sophie)

Shahin Pourgol, MBA, DC, DO, PhD
Canadian Union of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners
National University of Medical Sciences (USA)
National University of Medical Sciences (Spain)
National Academy of Osteopathy (Canada)
Osteopathy TV

Monday, 31 July 2017

This simple technique helps you get what you want!

Many people wish for what they want, a new house, car, vacation, etc. However for most people this remains at the wish level as they do not work on getting what they wish for.

If you really want to make your wish come true follow this simple technique by opening a bank account and depositing 10% of your paycheck into it on regular basis.

Research shows that saving 10% of your paycheck will not be noticeable in your life. However this “act”, this action you take by saving your money is one of the most powerful motivators to help you get what you want.

What you focus on grows and by focusing on saving your money towards reaching your goal, you bring your goal and what you want to reality even though the money you save may not be enough initially to pay for what you want it brings about a change in your life that helps you get what you want.

I have seen many who realized their dreams by taking this simple action. Do this to turn I wish into I have!

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Why do I teach business management to my students?

I teach business management because I want my students to make more money!

A recent research published in 2017 shows that money surpassed divorce, health and death concerns as the number one cause of stress for the Americans!

Other research shows that you need an annual income of at least $75,000 in North America to have a comfortable, happy and healthy life. Any income less than that makes you die faster, get more divorce and suffer more stress than those who make $75,000 per year or more.

I cannot comprehend in good conscious why health & medical schools do not teach the basics of business management to their students. It is a known fact that those who know more about business management make more money in their practices. And making more money will help these health professionals live longer and lead a happier life (as another research published last week showed that money indeed buys happiness specially when it is used to save time).

I personally feel it is the ethical duty of a school to make sure its students are well versed in all things related to business management.

We teach everything we know about business to our students. This is one of the main reasons why we graduate successful manual osteopaths. 
Shawn Pourgol, MBA, DC, DO, PhD 
President of NAO (Canada), NUMSS (Spain) & NUMSS (USA)

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Use Money to Buy Happiness

I have said it over and over that money indeed buys happiness, and research has shown this to be true numerous times.

In a recent joint study done by researchers at Harvard University (USA) & the University of British Columbia (Canada) it was shown that money indeed buys happiness!

Of course some happiness is short term, such as when you buy material objects. And some are long term, when you buy experience (such as vacationing).

However from all people who use money to buy happiness the most satisfied and the happiest were the ones who used money to save time.

The new study shows that only a few people actually spend money this way to save time. However those who do so are the happiest.

Best happiness is to pay someone else to do your chores. This frees up your time to do whatever you wish. So learn to delegate. Pay others to do parts of your job. And try not to do everything by yourself. Research shows you will be a lot happier this way.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Physiotherapist / Osteopath from Malaysia writes about NAO

To become successful you must learn how to manage your business effectively. That is why we teach our students everything we know about business. The result is that we graduate successful manual osteopaths. Our business management & life improvement lectures are quite popular with our students.

Physiotherapist Renee Soong traveled all the way from Malaysia to attend the on-campus Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice (D.O.M.P.) program of NAO in Toronto and we are so grateful for her dedication to study osteopathy. Here is part of the post she published about her education at NAO. 

"After enrolling at National Academy of Osteopathy, I was amazed by the teaching method conducted by NAO which is entirely different compared to conventional method of teaching.
Therefore, it is easier to learn most of the subjects, especially practical sessions than learning in other learning institutions.
What I learnt the most from NAO is the life philosophies and business ideas shared by Dr Pourgol. This makes NAO unique compare to other institutions."

Thursday, 20 July 2017

This letter made me so happy!

Business Management & Self Improvement in Osteopathic Education

We offer more than osteopathic education. We graduate successful manual osteopaths because we teach them everything we know about business and self improvement. Here is an email received from one of my National Academy of Osteopathy D.O.M.P. students in Toronto.

Hi Dr. Pourgol,
When I signed up to study Osteopathy through online studies I had no idea that I would gain more than Osteopathy knowledge. Ever since I watched the Schultz hour lecture in the Business management module my life has never been the same. I am a single mother of 3 and work in a hectic health setting and now deliberately take time every week to myself to relax and allow my Frontal Cortex to work. This has helped me not only to visualize how I want to pursue my career as a Manual Osteopath after graduation but also helped me put my personal life into perspective.
I will never forget this lecture and appreciate all you do to inspire us to think bigger than our current limitations.
Vez Nkomo 

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

A Letter from World Famous Natural Health expert

World famous natural health expert, American naprapath & osteopath, Dr Daniel Nuzum (from Idaho, USA) is one of our alumni as well as being one of our professors. Dr Nuzum also serves a member of Board of Governors of National University of Medical Sciences. Thank you Dr Nuzum for this kind and beautiful post.

Today I wish to honor my good friend Dr. Shahin Pourgol. He is an amazing Doctor, friend and President of a University. He has impeccable integrity and is always striving to improve himself, his family and his University. Thank you Dr. Pourgol for all that you do for us at both National Academy of Osteopathy and the National University of Medical Sciences!
Dr. Daniel Nuzum

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Registered massage therapist Rachel Orr, RMT writes about NAO

..............Dr. Shahin Pourgol loves osteopathy and wants you to take the program in its entirety in a condensed time frame so you can get out and work and share Osteopathy with the world.  It's a genius concept and I am so grateful.  Without his forward thinking I would have missed out on a profession I have so deeply found meaning and success in!

Thank you Dr. Pourgol from the bottom of my heart.  Your passion and forward thinking have allowed so many of us to gain this knowledge and make you proud...............

Sunday, 16 July 2017

The wisdom of organized simplicity

Nothing makes a teacher happier than seeing his lessons are useful to students.
I am blessed to have so many students who love me, love what I teach and how I teach. This is an email I received today from dermatologist Dr. Daria who is a part time student of National Academy of Osteopathy at the York University Heights campus of NAO in Toronto.

Thank you Dr. P,

You are one of the few teachers in Canada who is able to actually teach students something useful, which they can further apply in their professional lives. This makes students always remember you with gratitude in their hearts.

You can't imagine how much I appreciate your approach to education; I call it "the wisdom of organized simplicity". If a person can make complicated subjects simple - he is a master, you are the true master of wisdom in the field of osteopathic education.
Did I mention that you are the best teacher? I will continue to follow your insights …they are great. You have a good influence on me, thank you!!!

Thursday, 13 July 2017

The Last Resort

There is a recent study done by University of Texas and published in the Journal of AOA (you can find the link to the research at my Facebook page; Osteopathy Related Research & Science). The research was done on 500 patients, showed that with 6 (I am not joking, JUST 6) osteopathic treatments (once per week for 6 weeks), over 50% of these patients recovered from chronic low back pain and long term disability!!!! This is like miracle. Most cases manual osteopaths treat are cases that patients for years had treatments by other health professionals with no success. That is why we have a patient loyalty rate of 98% (more than any other health professionals in Canada). Our ability to treat chronic pain is what makes manual osteopaths so in demands that waiting lists of 6 months to a year is not unheard of.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

قبل از جراحی استئوپاتی را امتحان کنید

دکتر مهرداد درویش، یکی‌ از جراحان برجسته ارتوپدی در ایران با فوق تخصص جراحی پا از آلمان یکی‌ از دانشجویان رشتهٔ استئوپاتی ما در کانادا میباشند. باعث افتخار ماست که همچین جراح مشهور و موفقی‌ پیش ما استئوپاتی درس خواندند. دکتر درویش در مقاله ایی که نوشتند فرمودند که استئوپاتی بسیار به بیماران ایشان کمک نموده است

من دکتر مهرداد درویش ، متخصص ارتوپدی از دانشگاه شهید بهشتی تهران و فلوشیپ جراحی پا ومچ پا و آسیبهای ورزشی از آلمان هستم. از سال دو هزار و دوازده با رشته استیوپاتی آشنا شدم و متوجه شدم کارهایی که با تجربه خودم برای بیمارانم به جهت بهبود درد بدون عمل جراحی میکردم ، بسیار به تکنیکهای استیوپاتی شبیه بوده است . استیوپاتی ، روش درمانیی است که با دستکاری و آزادسازی رباطها ، یا لیگامنتهای بدن سعی در به آیین کردن امتداد مسیر مفاصل و بجای خود قرار دادن عناصر شاکله آن دارد . این روش و تکنیکها برای بهبود دردهای مزمن بسیار موثر است و در مواردی مانند کمردردهای مزمن و یا دردهای شانه و پشت و حتی دردهای لگن و زانو که به درمانهای معمول جواب نداده ، میتواند بسیار کمک کننده باشد . من از تکنیکهای استیوپاتی ور کنار معلومات طبی و ارتوپدی خودم بسیار بهره میبرم و تا جایی که ممکن است ریسک جراحی و عوارض آنرا به بیمارم تحمیل نمیکنم. این تکنیکها میتواند هزینه درمان بیماران را پایین بیاورد و خطرات بالقوه ای که جراحی دارد ، مانند عفونت و خونریزی و مشکلات بیمارستانی و بیهوشی و بستری شدن را برای بیمار حذف میکند . بیماران از این روش من بسیار راضی هستند و حتی استفاده از تزریق را نیز در بعضی از موارد کاهش داده است. این روش مکمل تکنیکهای شایع ارتوپدی است و روش جایگزینی برای روشهای تهاجمی تر محسوب میشود 

Friday, 30 June 2017

Massage Therapist from Romania

OMG, Dr. Pourgol. I've watched your lecture about the power of self suggestion. I learned new things about the functioning of conscious and subconscious minds, but also laughed so hard tears ran down my face. I enjoy studying so much. I can't wait to wake up every morning and turn on my laptop.

You already inspire me on so many levels I look forward to getting to know you better and starting the program. If I thought I was excited to study osteopathy before, now I am 100% convinced that this is what I would like to do for the rest of my life.

I look forward to starting the class in September. I wish you a pleasant evening!

The above post was from my student Alina Turturica, a massage therapist from Romania who is attending the National Academy of Osteopathy campus based osteopathy program this coming September 2017. 

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Osteopathy for Chiropractors

Congratulations goes to our alumnus, chiropractor Dr Paul Berard (from Vermont, USA) for successfully completing the bachelor of science in osteopathy program of National University of Medical Sciences.

I am honoured to have Dr Berard study with us. As I have studied chiropractic myself before becoming a manual osteopath, I highly value having doctors of chiropractic as alumni. 

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

My Student Working in Hospital

My 2nd Student Working in a Hospital

I have many students working in hospitals as physiotherapists & physicians. However until now just had one student who was working as an osteopath in a hospital in UAE. Now I found out another student, Stéphane Laporte, DOMP, DO (a graduate of National University of Medical Sciences (Spain) & National Academy of Osteopathy) has secured a position as an osteopath in Vietnam. I met Stephane in Madrid during our practical classes there. I am so proud of him.

This is an email I received from him today:

This email is to send you a heartfelt thank you for your guidance in the field of Osteopathy. Thanks to you and your education, I am now working in a major JCI accredited hospital in the physical therapy and rehabilitation department. It's a great experience, working in a team of therapists. This is of course the very beginning, and I look forward to grow fast in personal development and to apply the lessons from the NAO & NUMSS business lectures."

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

One of the Top 50 Outstanding Canadians

My Student Chosen as One of 50 Outstanding Canadians!

National Academy of Osteopathy alumnus, manual osteopath & Jujitsu master Raz Chan, DOMP (from Vancouver, British Columbia) has been officially chosen today as one of Canada's 50 outstanding Canadians for his charitable work with disadvantage youth; helping build confident kids through sport and after school programs. In the past 3 years he has brought thousands of dollars worth of food for breakfast programs for kids.

I have such great students! They make me so proud! Thank you Raz for being such a great human being. You made me one happy teacher! 

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Campus Based DPT in Bangladesh

We now offer a transitional DPT (doctor of physical therapy) education in Bangladesh in academic cooperation with the Bangladesh Physical Therapy Association (BPA).

For information on how to register for the on-campus doctor of physical therapy program of National University of Medical Sciences (Spain) please contact Dr. Farid Uddin, the secretary general of Bangladesh Physical Therapy Association at or Phone: 01712-081578.

Campus Based DPT in India

We have now a campus based transitional doctor of physical therapy (DPT) program offered in Mumbai, India.

Paid clinical internship is available for selected students Indian DPT students of National University of Medical Sciences (USA).

For more information please contact NUMSS (USA) professor, Dr Ali Irani, president of Indian Association of Physiotherapists at or visit our website at:

Thank you.

President of IAP is a NUMSS Faculty Member

Did you know, Dr Ali Irani, president of the Indian Association of Physiotherapists is a professor at National University of Medical Sciences?

We have some of the most distinguished faculty!

NUMSS (Spain) has been chosen as the approved provider of DPT education

Our Madrid based university, the National University of Medical Sciences (Spain) has been chosen as the approved provider of postgraduate doctor of physical therapy (DPT) education to all members of BPA (Bangladesh Physical Therapy Association) for the next 5 years.

All BPA members are required to take a transitional DPT program within the next five years.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

I Love You All!

I have so much love for all of you. I wish you all the best. I wish you get whatever your heart desires.

I am the First Canadian to Own a University in USA!

I cannot believe how blessed I am to own the first and only manual osteopathy university in the states. And to become the only Canadian in history to own a university in the United States of America!

This is all thanks to you, my students, faculty and staff who supported me every step of the way. Without your help and love I could not have overcome all the obstacles in setting up the National University of Medical Sciences (USA) in Naples, Florida!