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