Sunday, 28 May 2017

Academic Cooperation with Bangladesh Physical Therapy Association

Academic Cooperation Between Bangladesh Physical Therapy Association & NUMSS (Spain)

The National University of Medical Sciences (Spain) and Bangladesh Physical Therapy Association (BPTA) have worked in the past two years to implement a campus based tDPT program in Bangladesh. The first postgraduate class of DPT (doctor of physical therapy) is starting this term in Bangladesh.

The tDPT education has become mandatory for BPTA members and in the next five years all physiotherapist members are required to obtain a tDPT degree, similar to the requirements of American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in the states.
As NUMSS (Spain) is the largest provider of tDPT education in Europe & Asia, we have been asked by BPTA to provide this education to its members.

We are excited to be accepted as an accredited provider of tDPT education by Bangladesh Physical Therapy Association. Our goal is to help elevate the profession of physiotherapy in BD and improve the health of society there.

Please note that in 2017 the name of Bangladesh Physiotherapy Association (BPA) has been officially changed to Bangladesh Physical Therapy Association (BPTA). 

Friday, 26 May 2017

Thank you Michaela!

It makes me so happy that my students love what I teach. Here is a letter I received today from my student Michaela:
Dear Dr. Pourgol,

Thank you again, for everything. Your lectures and instructions have been motivating and inspirational. The great atmosphere on campus carried and encouraged me. Everyone is always friendly and humorous, helpful, understanding and kind.

I appreciate your dedication to us, your students, tremendously. Whenever I had questions or concerns, you were available. Your business lectures are invaluable and truly priceless and I have been following them from day one.

I am honoured and happy to continue my studies with the DO program. The students I know who are also taking the DO program have only the best things to say about it. I am excited!

I think it was on the first or second lecture that you encouraged us to make a vision board. I made mine right away and the biggest picture was a print out of you and a former student, holding his diploma. One day, I knew, I was going to replace that picture with one of you and me, and my diploma. Mission accomplished, Sir!

There is a proverb along the lines of "people forget what you said to them but they will never forget how you made them feel" (or similar). With you, dear Dr. Pourgol, I will never forget the things you said, and I will never forget how you made me feel: You made me feel that I can do it! And so I did!

With gratitude and a big smile,

Michaela Von Pfetten, DOMP

Monday, 22 May 2017

Thank you Dani. You are amazing!

One of my top students in London (Ontario, Canada), manual osteopath Dani Reid, DOMP made such a great impression on one of her patients that made her enrol with us to study osteopathy! 

 Additionally Dani took this student, Janine Noorloos under her wings to practice techniques with her. Janine told me today about this. When I contacted Dani to thank her, this is what she answered: 

 “Janine was an MVA client from a year ago. She had concussion and migraines that was affecting her violin playing. She ended up getting full ride scholarship to Laurier University for music AND business. She told me however she really wanted to be a manual osteopath because of time spent with me while getting better. Receiving that was one of the best moments of my life. I can only imagine how many emails like that you must get in a week Dr Pourgol. I try to teach her and be very supportive like how you approach. I can't wait for her to meet you! Thanks for being such a positive energy and example.”

Students like Dani make me so proud. They are truly our ambassadors. We have many students who enrolled to study osteopathy at NAO after being treated by our alumni. Our alumni are the best manual osteopaths in the world! 

Friday, 19 May 2017

Coconut Oil Pulling

Thanks to my students for introducing me to coconut oil pulling. I have started doing it and my mouth feels great!
It is amazing! You should do it!

Benefit of oil pulling include:
Cures tooth decay
Kills bad breath
Heals bleeding gums
Prevents heart disease
Reduces inflammation
Whitens teeth
Soothes throat dryness
Prevents cavities
Heals cracked lips
Boosts Immune System
Improves acne
Strengthens gums and jaw

Thursday, 18 May 2017

So Much Love!

I am blessed that my students love what I teach them! I am the happiest teacher in the world!

These are some messages I received from my students in the past year.

-Thank you, you are the best teacher in the world!

-One thing I really enjoyed was the business lectures by Dr. Pourgol. I did not have a business background and after following his lectures, I now own a successful business.

-Thank you to the amazing Dr. Pourgol for being such an inspiration in my life.

-Hey Dr. Pourgol; 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.

- Dr. Pourgol is always encouraging and passionate about his students being successful and shares every bit of knowledge he has to help us succeed.

-Sincerely thank you Dr Pourgol. For everything. My brother is applying for NAO soon. You have created an amazing opportunity for us to improve health care, enrich the lives of others as well as our own.

-Thank you so much Dr Pourgol. Your advise always works. And you are the only teacher in the world who is always available for the students. It’s my pleasure to have you.

-Dr Pourgol - I love your video lectures ! You have a great mix of humour and technical information that really creates enjoyable and effortless learning. Thank you so much.

-Dr. Shahin Pourgol, I'm loving your business lectures. I took management at McGill University and your classes are 10x more interesting. Keep up the good work!

-Thank you, Dr Shahin Pourgol. My naturopathy practice has increase from 4-6 patients a day to 8-10, in the last two and half months.

-Thank you Dr. Pourgol! You are an inspiration to me! Thanks for being the best teacher in the world.

-Dr. Pourgol gives you amazing business lectures on how to set up a business and promote yourself. I cannot believe how much I am learning! I am so thankful every day that I chose NAO.

- the Business classes stand out for me the most since they teach you how to continue your success and build the best practice you can as a manual osteopath beyond graduation.
- His teaching style was the reason I loved the classes so much, they were straight to the point and everything had clear explanations.

-Proud to be one of your students! I couldn't be happier with my choice to come learn osteopathy at NAO from such passionate and knowledgeable teachers -- also very entertaining with many interesting yet informative stories. I truly feel honored.

- My professor, Dr. Pourgol is a man whom I truly admire. He opened National Academy of Osteopathy and expanded manual osteopathy tremendously. Thanks to him, manual osteopathy is being taught in 68 countries!

- Dr. Pourgol- thank you so much for being an amazing teacher and teaching many individuals manual osteopathy. You truly are helping many people around the world.

- Thank you Dr. Wouldn't have been able to go (to Paris, France) without your business lectures!

- One of the things that I love about the NAO founder, Dr. Shahin Pourgol, is that at various times throughout the year he will allow access to the education portal for alumni, so that we can review and watch the latest additions and updated lectures. Very generous, and without the online side of the school, not possible.

- My president Dr. are my great professor! Forever u are my great Osteopathic founder.

-Dr. Pourgol gives you amazing business lectures on how to set up a business and promote yourself. I cannot believe how much I am learning! I am so thankful every day that I chose NAO.

-Dr. Pourgol, I came across a quote today that I would like to share with you: “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." William Arthur Ward. You sir, inspire!!

-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”.

-Your help has been immeasurable. I'm so booked I haven't had time to implement a quarter of your tips from business lectures. Thank you!

-Thank you dr P, for all the inspiration and knowledge you so generously share.

-Thank you so much Dr Shahin Pourgol for giving me the honor to be one of your student.

-I would like to thank Dr Pourgol for his passion. The university's program would not be the same without his infectious humor and expertise. He evidently loves his job, which makes it so much easier to listen and learn as a student. Thank you.

-I really like my teachers there. Starting with Dr. Pourgol who teaches Mobilizations and Muscle energy techniques, but also business management which made us prepared for business life, marketing , safety and promotion.

-Hi Dr Pourgol, Just wanted to let you know I am enjoying your online classes,

-Thank you very much, Dr. Pourgol, truly. I sincerely appreciate all your advice and your work to give us the best means to improve our odds to succeed in this new path. Your speech at graduation ceremony was very inspiring. As you said, you will always be part of the change in our lives, an important part, let me complete, and I will always be grateful to you for all the knowledge that you have transferred to us but, most of all, for your devotion as a teacher and your engagement to your students to make successful people of us. Words are not enough. Thank you.

-Dr Pourgol: Thank you for creating such a great school. I'm only a month in (dual degree BSc(O)/DO) and am loving the education. Excited to see NUMSS and NAO continue to grow. Keep up the great work!

-Dr. Shahin Pourgol, I just wanted to reach out and tell you how much I appreciate seeing your proud and positive posts as well as all of amazing things that this school has accomplished in such a short period of time.

My Students Love What I teach!

“Choosing National Academy of Osteopathy was the best choice for me.
Dr. Pourgol is always encouraging and passionate about his students being successful and shares every bit of knowledge he has to help us succeed. Also you always have the professor and teaching assistants there with you to learn the correct way to do all techniques.
Plus you have flexibility with the way you want to approach each course since all material is there online when you need it. Beyond that, the Business classes stand out for me the most since they teach you how to continue your success and build the best practice you can as a manual osteopath beyond graduation.
Menashe Rakhamimov
Maple, Ontario”
I love my students!

Animal Osteopathy Courses

We are working on the following courses which will be part of the doctorate program in canine and equine osteopathy offered at National University of Medical Sciences (USA) and National University of Medical Sciences (Spain)

1.Equine and canine anatomy
2.Equine and canine gait abnormalities and lameness
3.Equine and canine osteopathic soft tissue therapy
4.Equine and canine myofascial pressure release
5.Equine and canine osteoarticular mobilization
6.Equine and canine ethics and clinical management
7.Boot camp

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Animal Osteopathy

We are setting up the first ever doctorate program in animal osteopathy at National University of Medical Sciences (Spain) and National University of Medical Sciences (USA).

More information to follow soon.

What People Want

I have a sense, a feeling, or gut feeling about what people need and want. I try my best to get to know what they need/want and then I provide it to them. I believe when you learn what people want and you provide it to them, they give you what you want. It is like a symbiotic relationship. This comes with constant thinking. On a daily basis I think about this. The ability to sense what others want and need is something you can cultivate by thinking about it on a daily basis. I was not born with it. It came from daily thinking about this. When I am driving, when I am walking, and many other times I am always thinking about this. What people want and how I can give it to them. I want to offer something unique, innovative and beneficial. Something students can use the next day at work. No useless stuff. Anyone can develop this sixth sense when they spend time on it and when think on it everyday. Noone is born with it. It is something (like exercise) you do to make it stronger.

I was bad today but it was not my fault!

It was actually the fault of my employees, Dasha and Nick. They are now in Nicaragua. After teaching today at National Academy of Osteopathy, when I left work, the temperature outside was 31 degrees! I put on my yellow tinted glasses and put some Latin music and suddenly I was transported to the Latin America. Mixed that with the fact that these two employees are now in Nicaragua, made me do a bad thing!

I went to a cigar shop and purchased a CAO Maduro cigar from Nicaragua. CAO is not the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy in Hamilton, Ontario! It is a cigar company :) If I cannot be in Nicaragua at least I can taste it :) I like dark cigars as they have more flavor.

So after about a year of healthy life style I smoked my first cigar today. I know it is bad. So if I get tongue cancer you know who is to blame, Dasha and Nick!
— with Dasha Veprjitska and Nicholas Zancai.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

This is why I teach!

A beautiful post from Jackelyn:

Being a teacher has such emotional satisfaction!

Today one of my students at National Academy of Osteopathy, Jackelyn Hurtado spoke about her father's decades old chronic low back pain improved after she practiced osteopathic techniques on him.

The emotion, happiness and caring I felt in her ability to pay back to her father for all she received from him was just amazing.

Osteopathy does miracles, in treating chronic pain and I am honored to be a teacher of this amazing profession.

"My professor, Dr.Pourgol is a man whom I truly admire. He opened National Academy of Osteopathy and expanded manual osteopathy tremendously. Thanks to him, manual osteopathy is being taught in 68 countries!

I have been practicing the manual osteopathy techniques on my dad and 2 days ago, he told me that the chronic back pain he felt, he could no longer feel. He was more shocked than ever because he thought he would be living with this pain for the rest of his life. We were both overjoyed and I was so happy that as his daughter, I helped ease his pain. My heart was filled with happiness. The look on my dads face was truly heartwarming .

Also, I truly am grateful that my good friend, Nicholas Zancai introduced me to NAO and the world of manual osteopathy. I already tell him enough times how happy and grateful I am.
Again, Dr.Pourgol- thank you so much for being an amazing teacher and teaching many individuals manual osteopathy. You truly are helping many people around the world."

Congratulations to Dr Bordoni, a member of our board of directors

Italian physiotherapist & osteopath, Dr Bruno Bordoni, DPT, DO, a member of board of directors of National University of Medical Sciences (Spain) and National University of Medical Sciences (USA) has done a research that is now published and available on Pubmed.

Dr Bordoni is one of the top researchers in the field of osteopathy and has published more osteopathy related articles than anyone else.

Here is a link to the article:

High Rep / High Set Over-training Protocol

I came across some research that says overtraining a muscle, on a daily basis with high reps/high sets for about a month increases muscle nuclei. After a month of overtraining, and a week of rest, hitting the same muscle with low to mid rep / heavy lifting, the muscle would grow bigger.

I have tried this on some muscles that I had a hard time growing and it worked pretty well.

Did any of you try this technique? What do you think of it?

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Silence Retreat

My weekly silence retreat, Bobcaygeon. Silence retreat renews and recharges my brain. I teach my students to do this regularly at least once a month to go away, somewhere quite in nature, with no TV, radio, & people, to be alone with nature.
The healing creative power of nature is amazing. You come back a new better person. 


Saturday, 13 May 2017

56% of my students are high school graduates

Initially most if not all our graduates were health professionals 7 years ago when we started teaching at National Academy of Osteopathy. However my goal was always to get high school graduates to enrol as for health professionals osteopathy is an additional useful modality while for high school graduates osteopathy would be the main profession and I felt they would become more passionate and this would help osteopathy expand greatly across the world. I am glad to say that now about 56% of our graduates are high school graduates and 44% are health professionals.

National Academy of Osteopathy billboard advertising

I was passing through Oakwood today for my weekly silence retreat when suddenly I saw National Academy of Osteopathy billboard ad. I totally forgot about the NAO billboard ad. So I stopped and took some photos!

Thursday, 11 May 2017

A Beautiful Letter from my DPT student in Iran

A beautiful letter from one of my Iranian students Dr Ali Seyedan who is a student of the doctor of physical therapy (DPT) program we offer at the National University of Medical Sciences (Spain):

دکترپورگل عزیزسلام وقت بخیر همانطورکه میدانید من دانشجوی ترم دوم DPT دانشگاه شماهستم که درایران شهرساری زندگی میکنم...خواستم یکباردیگه ازشماتشکر ویژه ای کنم بخاطرزحماتی که میکشیدوهمچنین این امکان رو فراهم کردید بسیاری ازهمکارانی که مشتاق ارتقاء سطح علمیشان هستن بتوانندبه خواسته شان برسند...من خودم شخصا ازاین بابت بسیارخوشحالم وواقعا ازیادگرفتن دروس وتکنیکهایی که بصورت فیلم دراختیارما قرار داده اید لذت میبرم وبابکارگیری آنها روی بیمارانم توانسته ام نتایج خوبی بگیرم... بخصوص لازم به ذکراست نحوه ی آموزش شما که باحوصله تکرارمطالب وقدرت بیانی که دارید بسیارمفیدبوده ویادگیری رابرای ما راحت کرده است. بهترین آرزوها را برایتان خواهانم همواره شادوسلامت وبرقرار باشید... درضمن خانم من وخانواده ایشان رشتی هستند وکاملا مرحوم استادپدر بزرگوارتون را میشناسند...! روحشان شادویادشان گرامی... 

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Why am I the happiest teacher in the world?

Because I have the best students in the world! Students who listen to my business lectures, then implement what I teach to become successful.

Including Ann Shivas, DOMP, from Montreal, a past member of the National Soccer Team of Canada, who this week celebrated her birthday in Paris, France! And this is what she wrote me after I wished her a happy birthday:

"Thank you Dr. Wouldn't have been able to go without your business lectures! :) "

I Love This Message!

A beautiful message from my National Academy of Osteopathy diploma in osteopathic manual practice (D.O.M.P.) student Gail MacDonald from Hamilton (Ontario, Canada):

"Dr. Pourgol, I came across a quote today that I would like to share with you:
"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." William Arthur Ward.
You sir, inspire!!"

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

A Post From Jaimy Chua From Kitchener

Acupuncturist / manual osteopath Jaimy Chua from Kitchener (Ontario, Canada) writes about NAO & Dr Pourgol:
My education at NAO has really changed my practice and is a great complement to my already existing skill set as an Acupuncturist. Patients are seeing great results and I am so thankful to have studied at NAO.
What I found most interesting of my education there is the marketing and business classes. I learned quickly going into practice that without these essential skills, I couldn’t help anyone, no matter how great of a practitioner I am. Dr. Pourgol was the catalyst to help change my headspace and really bring my practice to another level. He is forward-thinking, cares for his students and is an inspiring person. In my opinion, just the marketing/business classes alone is worth the tuition.

Do you like to teach? Want to make extra income?

Today we received a great idea from our student massage therapist, Rachel Orr, RMT. She suggested that we allow our alumni to offer continuing education courses at our campus to students and others with profit to be shared between the school and the instructor.

We think this is a brilliant idea as we love to help alumni make more money! Thank you Rachel!

Anyone interested in teaching a seminar should contact Nao Registrar, Rachel Ligon at Please indicate your education, health background and the topic you wish to teach. We will evaluate your request and inform you of our decision within a month. We prefer courses to be clinically relevant, a topic that can be used by those who treat patients.

The seminar can be held online or on-campus (or both). You do not need to be in Toronto, as you can videotape your seminar from anywhere in the world. However your must be able to communicate clearly in English and use professional audio/video equipment to record the lecture. 

Monday, 8 May 2017

Why do we have such high student satisfaction rate?

Our student satisfaction rate is high because we offer unique, innovative, practical & affordable education.

The high student satisfaction rate of our schools is evident from the fact that majority of our students continue their education by enrolling in our other programs.

Dr Gaurav Singra, MD (of Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is an example. Dr Singra has taken our diploma in osteopathic manual practice (DOMP) program and in the September 2017 he will start the dual degree DO/DN, doctor of osteopathy/doctor of naprapathy program.

We work hard to keep our students happy. By enrolling again in our programs students show us that they are happy with the education they receive. 

First Black Female Osteopath in South Africa

Here is a letter I received from one of my students in South Africa. She is taking a dual degree osteopathy program at National University of Medical Sciences (Spain) through online education.

I am surprised there is no other black female manual osteopaths there.

Here is the link which takes you to her letter:

Qatar Olympic Committee Exercise Physiologist Joins NUMSS

Exercise physiologist, Dr. Saeid Younesi (from Rasht, Gilan) who works for the Qatar Minister of Youth & Sport as well as the Qatar Olympic Committee is a student of the Master of Science in Athletic Therapy program of National University of Medical Sciences (Spain).

I am very happy to see this distinguished scientist and martial artist who is from the same city where I grew up join our university. Athletic therapy is one of the popular program of NUMSS (Spain).

This flying sidekick used to be one of my favourite techniques over 30 years ago. I still cannot do it properly but hope to be able to do it soon! 

Sunday, 7 May 2017

My Student is now Chairman of Indigenous TKD Committee

My student, manual osteopath, Dr Doug Devlin, BSc (O), MBA, DO, senior manager of the Aboriginal Relations and Tribal Affairs and a graduate of the BSc in osteopathy, MBA in Healthcare and DO programs of National University of Medical Sciences (Spain) is now the chairman of the indigenous TaeKownDo committee of the International TaekwonDo Federation (Korea).

Dr. Devlin is registered to start NUMSS (Spain) doctor of naprapathy (DN) program in September 2017. I am proud to have such distinguished students.

My Student on Radio

National Academy of Osteopathy (Canada) & National University of Medical Sciences (Spain) alumnus osteopath, Matthew Morin (from Quebec, Canada) with Marty Lamarre of 94.7 HITS FM Radio Station. Matthew spoke about osteopathy for the people of Montreal and the Monteregie. Mathew practices at Physical Park Health & Fitness Centre. I am proud of such distinguished students.