Friday, 16 November 2018

My students love me!


Osteopath, Ann Shivas (an ex-member of Canada’s national soccer team) has sent me this message today: 

Thanks for the continual support Dr Pourgol. I’m so happy you were my professor - I don’t think you know how life changing you were for me. 💜😊 

Ann is a member of Osteopathy Chronic Pain Clinics of Canada. She is quite successful in treating complex chronic pain cases. I received a number of testimonials from patients who had seen many other osteopaths without help who became pain free after being treated by Ann. One of these patients who is a massage therapist became one of my students as well after many other osteopaths failed to treat his shoulder pain.


Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Passed 15,000 followers!

Facebook has a limit of 5,000 friends for personal pages. When I reached this limit I opened a public figure Facebook page which can have unlimited followers. In less than 6 weeks I am happy to see that my page now has over 15,280 followers!
Thank you everyone for reading my posts. I do my best to become number one in whatever I do.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

NUMSS DPT with the World Karate Champions in Spain

NUMSS (Spain) DPT Student is the official physiotherapist of the 2018 Karate World Champions in Spain. 

 Congratulations goes to our DPT student Dr Hamidreza Ashrafi, who is the official physiotherapist for the Iranian National Karate Team, for keeping the 2018 World Karate Champions healthy and in top shape.

Over 400 of the best physiotherapists in Iran are alumni of National University of Medical Sciences (Spain) and we are so proud of them. Their leadership in the field of physiotherapy has elevated the profession greatly.

Monday, 12 November 2018

Moving to Panama with $1000


Panama is one of the most popular retirement destinations because of its Retirement Visa (Visa Pensionado) program. 

If you are retired and receive at least $1000 (US) monthly in pension from your employer (employers can be private companies, government, insurers, bank or other income sources) you can obtain Panama residency. The $1000 can be lowered to $750 US if you buy a house in Panama that is $100,000 or up.

Once you are approved you receive a retirement card (pensionado card) that offers you discounts on almost everything, for example 50% off all hotels. All businesses within Panama must give these discounts. There are no exceptions. 

This card, among the lower cost of living, excellent healthcare, great infrastructure, safety and growing economy are what make retirement so popular in Panama. 

Here is a summary of the benefits of the Panama retirement visa:

  • One time Duty tax exemption for household goods up to a total of $10,000.
  • Duty exemption for importing a new car every two years.
  • 50% off entertainment anywhere in the country (movies, concerts, sports)
  • 30% off bus, boat, and train fares
  • 25% off airline tickets
  • 50% off hotel stays from Monday through Thursday
  • 30% off hotel stays from Friday through Sunday
  • 25% off at restaurants
  • 15% off at fast-food restaurants
  • 15% off hospital bills (if no insurance applies)
  • 10% off prescription medicines
  • 20% off medical consultations
  • 15% off dental and eye exams
  • 20% off professional and technical services
  • 50% reduction in closing costs for home loans
  • 25% discounts on utility bills
  • 15% off loans made in your name
  • 1% less on home mortgages for homes used for personal residence
There is no age limit in Panama to be considered a retiree.


Sunday, 11 November 2018

Our university office view?

While I have not decided myself to reside in a mountain view or waterfront property in Panama, it has been decided that the new admissions office of National University of Medical Sciences should be waterfront.

To be in Panama and not see the water on a daily basis is a sin!


I am visiting Panama in a couple of weeks to see a number of high rise offices within Panama City that have views of the Pacific ocean.

Here are the views of one of the offices that I will visit.



Friday, 9 November 2018

Mountainview or Waterfront?

In Panama within an hour you can be either at a mountain or on a beach. Ontario is flat. After 32 years of being here I wish to see mountains!
I am undecided where to reside in Panama. I am lucky that National University of Medical Sciences is paying for my accommodation in Panama!



When I was a kid I like mountains more than the beach. As adult I like the beach more. But after living for decades in a flat province, now I miss the fresh air of mountains.

Which one do you prefer? Living on top of a mountain or in front of a beach?


Thursday, 8 November 2018

Interested in working in Panama?

Manual osteopaths needed in Panama for Osteopathy Chronic Pain Clinics of Canada (permanent full time position, starting in 2019)

We are currently working to set up a campus for National University of Medical Sciences there within the next 3 months. Once the university is up and running we plan to also own an osteopathy clinic there as part of the OCPCC.

Obtaining work permit and residency in Panama is easy for Canadians, Americans and Europeans under their "Friendly Nations Visa". It costs about $3700 and within a couple of months you can legally become a Panamanian resident. After 5 years you become a citizen and get a passport.

The priority for this position is given to bilingual (Spanish/English) graduates of National Academy of Osteopathy (Canada), National University of Medical Sciences (Spain) and National University of Medical Sciences (USA). If we cannot find interested bilingual alumni then we will accept other alumni.

If none of our alumni are interested, we would consider other manual osteopaths.
This is a permanent long term position. If interested please send me a private message on Facebook or email me at pourgol@pourgol.com.

Thank you.









 

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

I love driving to New York in the fall.


The rustle of my tires on fallen leaves are like songs of the time past.
The leaves in the air dance with me as I drive through. They tell me secrets of the land far away, a life gone by.
The yellow of these leaves shimmer in my eyes and then they kiss me to put a spell on me.
These leaves make me love them. And they make me wait every year for one more kiss.
 
 

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

To Live is to Travel

Life is too short! So I travel often to see the world, to open my horizon and the mind.

I travel often not to get away, but to embrace life, to experience it, to immerse myself in the joy of the world. I travel to learn and to feel. I travel to stay alive.

How else could I get a chance to see olive trees? They do not grow in Canada. I can sit down and look at these trees for hours. They are ancient, exotic and majestic. They are life itself.


Monday, 5 November 2018

NUMSS Graduation Ceremny

The graduation ceremonies of NUMSS will be held in Panama City, Panama or Madrid, Spain from now on. They will not be held in Toronto any more.

NUMSS Practical Technique Classes


The practical technique classes of NUMSS will be held in Panama City, Panama or Madrid, Spain.
We no longer offer NUMSS practical classes in Toronto.

Saturday, 3 November 2018

I am moving to Panama

I will be residing in Panama City for awhile to help set up the new multilingual campus of National University of Medical Sciences.

While there I will be travelling regularly to US, Canada and Spain to supervise our schools in these countries.

The year 2019 will be a super busy year for me, but I love it! I am happy that I have the chance to expand osteopathy everywhere.


Friday, 2 November 2018

Our New Campus in Panama

Panama has been chosen as the site of the new CAMPUS of National University of Medical Sciences.
I have the dream job! Who would have thought that a teenager from city of Rasht in Iran who moved to Canada 32 years ago and was washing dishes for $3.75 per hour could one day have a university campus in Panama?!

I love this life! I washed dishes. I was homeless sleeping in shelters when I came to Canada 32 years ago. Many nights I had no food to eat. The first time I saved my money to buy a cup of coffee was after a year of being in Canada. The first time I saved money to buy a kid hamburger at McDonald's for about $1 felt like the best food ever!

I worked in McDonald's and Burger King and now I own universities, and the largest pain clinic in the world!

This is a dream come true for me!

I owe all this to you my students who made me a success story. You are my everything. And I love every one of you!














Thursday, 1 November 2018

Studycation: Study/Vacation in our first campus in Latin America!

I have received approval from NUMSS Board of Governors to open a campus for National University of Medical Sciences in Latin America within the next 3 months.

It is our goal to expand manual osteopathy in the Central and South America as well as the Caribbean islands. We feel having a multilingual campus there offering classes in English as well as Spanish would help expand the profession.

This NUMSS campus will be near a beach and will be available for all our national and international students who wish to take their two weeks of practical technique classes there. It will be a Study Vacation, or studycation for those of you who wish to combine studying with a vacation!

We are looking for the ideal location and once found it would be announced.

My Student Treats UFC Champion

Canadian osteopathic manual practitioner treats American UFC middleweight champion.

Manual osteopath, Dani Reid, DOMP a graduate of NAO who is a member of the Osteopathy Chronic Pain Clinics of Canada has many celebrities as clients. Here she is with former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold.


Wednesday, 31 October 2018

What a nice surprise!

It was such a happy occasion to see Dr Mehdi Shiravi, a graduate of the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program of National University of Medical Sciences (Spain) in Iran travel to Toronto, Canada to visit us at National Academy of Osteopathy.

Dr Shiravi is a current Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice (DOMP) program student of the National Academy of Osteopathy, class of September 2018.

I was so surprised to receive two Persian rugs as gifts from Dr Shiravi. One of the Persian rugs had our NUMSS (Spain) logo in it!

Thank you Dr Shiravi for such unique beautiful priceless gifts. This rug pictured below will go on my office wall!

Monday, 29 October 2018

Make Your Competition Irrelevant


To achieve phenomenon growth you must work at making competition irrelevant. One way to do so is by offering convenience. Patients pay for convenience. And they more often choose manual osteopaths that make their lives more convenient.

I give you an example. Over two decades ago I was the busiest chiropractor in Canada seeing 150 patients per day. To achieve this growth I constantly worked at differentiating myself from competitors. For example I was one of the first chiropractors who used to send drivers to pick up patients and bring them to my clinics for treatment. At that time no one was offering this service. I used to charge $250 per hour for treatments when I started offering patient pick up services and a round trip would cost me $30.

It took a while for others to copy this service and now many of the rehab clinics in Toronto offer it. However my clinics received tons of patient referrals from patients and family physicians who loved this idea. And even though competition started offering this service quickly my referral sources continued sending me patients. I made competition irrelevant by offering the patient pick up service.

In our schools I follow the same principle. For example I teach over 200 unique business lectures not taught elsewhere. These are street smart business principles that make our alumni successful in business. It is hard for other schools to offer these lectures. They simply cannot afford to hire successful businesspersons to teach these lessons. This is one way we make competition irrelevant.

Sit down and think what you can add to your osteopathy clinic that would make your competition irrelevant? Can you start treating at 6AM for example for senior citizens who wish to get up early? Can you offer late evening, or Sunday services? What can you add to your clinic that would be hard for others to copy? Every clinic is different and only you can find out what works best for your clinic.

So take a daily journal and a pen and start writing these ideas on a daily basis. You will be surprised by the ideas that come to your mind if you do this a few minutes every day. You soon can put the competition in your dust!
 
 

MET Restaurant in Italy

You cannot be a manual osteopath and not eat a meal at the MET (muscle Energy Technique ) restaurant in Venice!

There is an NAO (National Academy of Osteopathy) restaurant in Toronto and now a MET Restaurant in Italy! Osteopathy is expanding in the restaurant industry!

Here is the website. It has great local food prepared exquisitely. http://www.metrestaurantvenice.com/en/menus.html 

 

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Make Your Competition Irrelevant

To achieve phenomenon growth you must work at making competition irrelevant. One way to do so is by offering convenience. Patients pay more for convenience. And they more often choose manual osteopaths that make their lives more convenient.

I give you an example. Over two decades ago I was the busiest chiropractor in Canada seeing 150 patients per day. To achieve this growth I constantly worked at differentiating myself from competitors. For example I was one of the first chiropractors who used to send drivers to pick up patients and bring them to my clinics for treatment. At that time no one was offering this service. I used to charge $250 per hour when I started offering patient pick up services and a round trip would cost me $30. 

It took a while for others to copy this service and now many of the rehab clinics in Toronto offer it. However my clinics received tons of patient referrals from patients and family physicians who loved this idea. And even though competition started offering this service quickly my referral sources continued sending me patients. I made competition irrelevant by offering the patient pick up service.

In our schools I follow the same principle. For example I teach over 200 unique business lectures not taught elsewhere. These are street smart business principles that make our alumni successful in business. It is hard for other schools to offer these lectures. They simply cannot afford to hire successful businesspersons to teach these lessons. This is one way we make competition irrelevant.

Sit down and think what you can add to your osteopathy clinic that would make your competition irrelevant? Can you start treating at 6AM for example for senior citizens who wish to get up early? Can you offer late evening, or Sunday services? What can you add to your clinic that would be hard for others to copy? Every clinic is different and only you can find out what works best for your clinic.

So take a daily journal and a pen and start writing the ideas on a daily basis. You will be surprised by the ideas that come to your mind if you do this a few minutes every day. You soon can put the competition in your dust!

Monday, 15 October 2018

My Student Leads Team in Disaster Area

Here is an email sent to me by one of our doctor of botanical medicine/doctor of osteopathy students of National University of Medical Sciences (Spain). 

Dear Dr Pourgol,

I just wanted to share a story with you. I have been working with the American Red Cross disaster medical services as a Lead RN in Carolina. I have been leading both military and civilian medical teams during hurricane Florence and Michael and wanted to let you know that I am using everything that I am learning from the DO course to advise clients displaced in the disaster as to how to best meet their musculoskeletal disorder needs. I really want when I finish the DO course to start a free clinic for those who do not have insurance in the USA. I have attached pictures of one of my team's during the disaster and wanted to say thank you to NUMSS for such fantastic manual osteopathic education.

Kindest Regards,

William Cobb, DBM, D.Sc., PGC-Anat., B.Sc., RN.



Sunday, 14 October 2018

1000 Years of Education

Next week in my business trip to Italy I will have meetings at University of Padua in Veneto, near Venice.

I love this university as it is one of the oldest universities in the world where Galileo Galilei used to teach for 18 years. I have seen his burial place in Florence and now will get to walk where he used to walk and talk where he used to talk. This is such an hour.

The medical school in this university has one of the oldest anatomy theater in the world. The church allowed human dissection in this university as long as the cadaver was from a foreign convicted and executed criminal.

I do hope my two universities also get to operate over a millennia! Imagine having National University of Medical Sciences in the year 3018! That would be amazing!

Saturday, 13 October 2018

3 Best Investments for Manual Osteopaths


While there are many types of investment vehicles available to manual osteopaths here are the three fundamental ones I recommend to my students: 

1-      Invest the maximum amount you can in your own business. But make sure what you buy/spend money on is an asset, not an expense. Before spending money ask yourself is this going to make money for me? If yes, it is an asset, if not, it is an expense and liability. Use your money mainly to buy assets such as equipments that generate money, resale supplies and marketing. Yes, marketing is an asset, not an expense. If you focus on this principle you will make competition irrelevant as most do not invest in their business to make money. Most invest in expenses not assets. 

2-      Own the home you live in if you plan to stay long term in that location. I do not recommend you own the building where your clinic is located unless it is a home office where you work and reside. If you do decide to own the commercial building where you work at, buy it under a different corporation from your clinic and then ask your clinic to lease it from your other corporation, and do not buy it under your own name. It is not wise for your clinic or yourself personally to own the place you work due to liability issues.

3-      Invest to the maximum of your registered retirement saving plan limit (RRSP, 401K, etc) in exchange traded funds. At the minimum invest $250 per month in US & Canadian Index funds. Never invest in an actively managed mutual fund. Historically computer managed ETF is far superior to human managed mutual fund.

One reason why we are successful in our schools is the fact that we make competition irrelevant. Others cannot compete with us because they cannot afford it. This we achieve by investing everything back into our business. For example making our school multilingual would costs a lot. But this once done would make us the first and only osteopathic education provider to offer multilingual education. If we did not invest our profits back into our schools, we would not have been to receive a go ahead approval from our board for this project.

I believe investing in your business is the best type of investment. Investing in stocks and real estate usually give under 10% of profit per year. Investing in your business generates up to 1000% or more of interest per year. For example if you invest $100 in stocks, next year you would have $108 on average. If you invest $100 in real estate, you would have $107.50 next year. But if you invest this $100 in marketing for example, and get just 1 patient who visits you 5 time at $140 per hour, then you made $700 which is 600% of interest!

I receive the lowest salary of all employees at National Academy of Osteopathy. I have never received any income from National University of Medical Sciences (Spain) since 2012. And since 2016 I only received $5000 US from National University of Medical Sciences (USA). All income is given back to the schools for them to grow and as a result for osteopathy to be expanded worldwide. This is one reason why we are so good at what we do. Because we invest everything we make back into the business.