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National Academy of Osteopathy

121 Limestone Crescent, North York, ON
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National Academy of Osteopathy teaches manual osteopathy online worldwide or in-campus at York University Heights campus in Toronto. Go to full description...

121 Limestone Crescent
North York, ON, M3J 2R1, CA

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By non-member130515 on May 15, 2017
The more I research and read about the techniques and approches (mechano therapy) the school and the professors the more elated I am about my acceptance and september start date.

By RachelRMT on Mar 15, 2017
I cannot believe how much I am learning!
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.

Rachel Orr, RMT
Registered massage therapist
National Academy of Osteopathy student
Burlington, Ontario
By Nao12345 on Mar 06, 2017
Just wanted to write a thank you note
I just wanted to write this testimonial to say thank you to Dr. Pourgol, and everyone at The National Academy of Osteopathy. Being one of the first graduates from BC in 2012, I have seen the tremendous growth of osteopathy thanks to his efforts. The one key lesson that I always remembered from Dr. Pourgol is how to build a business.

With this in entrepreneurial spirit in mind, I used my credentials from NAO to open doors outside of a traditional practice such as professional speaking, author, and now information products. His guidance helped me think outside of the box for business this is missing from other osteopathy programs out there. For this, I will always thankful for having the opportunity to study at NAO.

Professor Raz Chan, BA, DOMP
Osteopathic practitioner, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, Bestselling Author & Speaker
By SukhiManku on Feb 02, 2017
I would definitely recommend every student to look into NAO’s Osteopathy program.
Visiting the National Academy of Osteopathy for a treatment was the best decision I ever made. That visit opened my eyes to a bigger and brighter future as I knew this was the perfect opportunity to enliven my mind into such an intriguing field where I knew I was highly motivated to succeed in.

The online videos and interactive classes allowed me put my hands on skills to use and still let me work at my own pace. I was able to get help when I needed it the most and also have the chance learn so much more! This program did not only teach me about osteopathy but also the fundamentals of opening my own business, so I can continue to strive and succeed in my future endeavors.

It is an honor to be taught by such knowledgeable and passionate teachers. Each professor brought such unique expertise and wisdom to share. Every day was filled with new ideas and skills I could use in my dream business. After completing this program, all I can say is positive and warm things about this school. I would definitely recommend every student to look into NAO’s Osteopathy program.

Sukhi Manku
National Academy of Osteopathy Student
Class of September 2016
By trevorcragg on Jan 26, 2017
Incredible Journey
Hey Dr Pourgol;

It’s been an incredible journey thus far practicing and building a business. My decision to study Osteopathy at NAO (National Academy of Osteopathy) 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 :)
I am ready to continue my education through NUMSS. I am contemplating between the DO or the DO/BSc (osteopathy) combo.

Thanks so much!!

Trevor Cragg, DOMP
Balanced Body Osteopathy
By CandaceTerry on Jan 23, 2017
Why I 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”.

I am looking forward to doing the dual degree BSc (O) and DO (Spain).

Thank you.

Candace Terry RN DOMP
Can Save Lives Treatment & Training Centre
By non-member123839 on Dec 14, 2016
Positive experience studying at NAO
Studying at NAO has been a blessing to my career. I have been practicing as an Acupuncturist for over 5 years now and decided that Osteopathy would be a great complement to my treatments. Ever since graduation, my practice has grown exponentially.

I recently moved cities, so I was drawn to being able to study courses online and then going into the school to do practical sessions to hone my skills. NAO has really elevated my treatments by improving my palpation skills, increased my technical skills so I am able to offer a wide range of tools to treat my clients.

Dr. Pourgol is a phenomenal instructor. He’s knowledgeable and inspiring, a refreshing change to a lot of instructors that I’ve had in all my years of schooling. I feel that his business and clinical management courses alone made it worthwhile to study at NAO. This is a crucial aspect that was never really emphasized during my past education and I feel that it’s so important to our success as health practitioners.

Becoming a manual osteopath was one of the best career decisions I’ve made and I couldn’t be happier with the amount of people I’ve helped since graduating from NAO!

Jaimy Chua

Ancient Cedar Wellness
50 Westmount Road North, Suite 200
Waterloo, ON
By JamesCMontrealDO on Dec 04, 2016
No transparency
Recently formed NAO student. I asked about the accreditation from Spain as I can't find info out. They won't give copy of papers no show the accreditation from the Spanish authorities. When asked they change subject.

Ontario Ministry of Ed told me there is no accreditation by the govt only professional organizations. Shawn musta paid them off
By non-member123212 on Nov 09, 2016
Where do I begin? This is the unfortunate reality of being unregulated...these kind of schools pop up to take advantage of an art and skill like Osteopathy.

Just think about it for a second how can you learn a manual You need time to develop palpation skills, time to understand anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology... these subjects are not understood over night. The online and in class timeline cant achieve that.

This only gives other Manual Osteopaths a bad name. Most important of all is safety of clients and patients...I don't know how competent you can be given that time frame, and confident you will do your clients a disservice by taking the online portion...just crazy
By osteo1 on Sep 03, 2016
I studied at CCO and NAO
Choosing the profession is a very difficult decision but when we finally know what we would like to do in our professional life, there is always a dilemma which school to pick. When I decided to study osteopathy 18 years ago, right after graduating from the Massage Therapy College, there was only one school providing this type of education – the Canadian College of Osteopathy (CCO). Now there are several programs available at the different schools. It’s not the secret that CCO has a very good reputation around the world to be one of the best schools offering manual osteopathy program. I can confirm that after studying there for 5 years. It gave me the opportunity to establish successful practice and open my own clinic. A few years ago I heard about NAO offering a 1 year full time program in Manual Osteopathy. Health care professionals can complete it within 6 months. At first I was shocked but finally I became intrigued. I decided to enroll in on-line program myself. I can say with integrity now that NAO offers a very decent education. It concentrates on science based osteopathic techniques like Muscle Energy, Joint Mobilization and Soft Tissue Techniques. It introduces students to Cranial Osteopathy, Visceral Manipulation and Counterstrain techniques. In my opinion the program provides a very strong foundation for the future post-graduate education.
As the owner of the clinic I always look for good osteopathic practitioners that could join me and be willing to work with me as a team. In the past 6 years I hired 6 practitioners educated in different osteopathic schools in Ontario. Unfortunately I had to let go 5 of them. The only one I am happy to work with is a graduate of NAO. My satisfaction with this professional convinced me to interview several more graduates from this school and decision to hire two more.
In my opinion choosing NAO as an entry level to the osteopathic profession would be a wise choice for several reasons. The school provides excellent business and clinical management course taught by Dr. S. Pourgol. This knowledge is crucial in achieving success. No other osteopathic school in Canada teaches this course. I wish I had this knowledge when I started my practice, it would have helped me to achieve success much faster.
The program leads to fast accreditation without cutting educational hours required by the World Health Organization. As the matter of fact it has the same number of hours as the other part time osteopathic programs. With the osteopathic licence graduates can start working in the profession, continue their education in the different schools like National University of Medical Sciences towards Doctor of Osteopathy degree (where all the graduates from NAO receive a scholarship) and take postgraduate courses. They can find a mentor that will help them to learn more about the profession and improve their technical skills.
The key to success in manual therapy is hands-on experience together with continuously expanding theoretical knowledge. When I studied at CCO it was a big problem for many students. They learned the theory and saw the techniques once or twice during lectures but without possibility of practice they could not memorize them for long and had a problem with retention of many advanced techniques. For this reason the drop-out rate at CCO was around 70%. Over 100 students started the first year and only 27 of us went to the end of the fifth year. Even less wrote and defended their thesis to receive a diploma (DOMP). At NAO the students can go back to watch techniques and lectures on line reviewing it as many times as needed.
Another plus is the fact that NAO accepts candidates without prior health care education. For these candidates I would recommend campus based program over on-line studies. For others with a profession in health care such as Massage Therapists, Physiotherapists or Chiropractors, the on-line course is sufficient. I watched Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology lectures offered at NAO. They are very good and provide more than enough information to have a proficient knowledge at the level of Diploma of Osteopathy.
The school program pays a lot of attention to teach safe and widely accepted techniques without introducing questionable osteopathic concepts that can only frustrate students and lead to the increased therapeutic failure. It emphasizes the importance of following scope of practice and code of ethics set by the International Osteopathic Association.
If any of you is considering osteopathic studies and to become a member of this enormously rewarding profession, I would be more than happy to answer all of your questions. It helped one person I met recently to make a life changing decision. A few months ago a student from CCO came to my clinic asking for a job. He just finished the 4th year of study. I could not hire him without the osteopathic diploma. It would be at least another 3 years before he would graduate from CCO, write and present his thesis and be able to find a job as a Manual Osteopath. I encouraged him to enroll in the NAO program. He listened to my advice, graduated in August and became a member of the Osteopathic Association recognized by majority of insurance providers. We will start working together next week. He will continue his study at CCO but now with the possibility of applying his knowledge in the real clinical setting.
For any of you that would like to learn more and experience the osteopathic treatment before deciding about your future, we offer $20 discount for the first session.
Please call us at 905.660.8810 and visit the clinic website
We are located in Vaughan, Ontario at 1750 Steeles Ave. West, Unit 8.
Andrew Subieta M.Sc.,R.M.T., D.O.M.P.
By annshivas on Sep 01, 2016
I had a really good experience with NAO
I did my research looking at a school which fit my style of independent learning. I loved the on campus practicals for learning techniques. The teachers/professors answered all of my questions and were easily accessed by email.

I had a health background prior to taking Manual Osteopathy at NAO.
Currently, I have my own business in Montreal called On The Go Osteo. The business lectures helped me set up a good model and now I am expanding. I would invite you to come see my office space or make an appointment to experience the benefits of Manual Osteopathy.

This is one of the best life decisions I have made. I love when people walk out of my office with a smile on their face because they are feeling better and more energized!

Your experience is what you make it. You can read all the reviews and make a judgement, however it really comes down to what you want in your education and how much effort you decide to put into it! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the school. I am happy to answer!

Ann Shivas, BSc, MT, DOMP
By nutridition on Sep 01, 2016
NAO Graduate
I've read a lot of reviews including the 1 star rating which comments were "fake schools", " not accredited", "insurance claims were rejected" and I would like to make it clear for people.

In Ontario, Alberta, Quebec, even across Canada wide our graduates can join and "accredited" by Ontario Osteopathic Alternative Medicine Association (OOAMA), Society of Osteopath Canada (SOC), National Manual Osteopathic Society (NMOS), Ontario Association of Osteopathic Practitioners (OAOP) just to name a few. Upon graduation, you may join either associations to bill insurance company under extended health care plans (EHCP) in order for your patients/clients to receive reimbursements. I do not have issues in terms of billing or rejected claims.

I was a in-class student so my review will be base on that only. The Professors which instructed our class are professional, well-rounded knowledge and extremely patients with us. I cannot comment on how other schools teaches their students but I can say that NAO professors not only demonstrate techniques in front of the class, they also demonstrate techniques on all the students individually so you can understand how its done safe and correctly. Lots of my patients after receiving my treatments are feeling much better, decrease pain, sleeping better and more energetic all because of what I learn at NAO. NAO "open" the door for me to learn more about osteopathy but its up to "me" or the "practitioner" to leap thru the door and explore osteopathy teachings (that was the mentality I felt when I was a NAO).
The best part is Dr. Pourgol business lectures. Normally you would have to pay for such information but its included in our course which I find very useful. I hope this review enlighten future students or potential patients.

I practice in 2 Clinics in Ontario:
SmartLife Physiotherapy Clinic
385 Silver Star Blvd Unit 212, 212 (second floor), Scarborough, Ontario

Towncentre Rehab Clinic (OHIP Funded)
60 Brian Harrison Way, 4, Scarborough, Ontario

If you are looking for mobile services, questions about the school, looking for treatment, please email me directly: or find me on facebook "osteoac"
By bodybythomas on Aug 29, 2016
NAO providing DOMP is a great program
I am a graduate of NAO , I have had 15 years clinical experience as a massage and sports therapist.
Was a very good experience to learn from this school, however if you are studying from distance you better be very disciplined. I did travel to Toronto from Bermuda and was welcomed open arm by the staff and professors to attend class for a day on campus. I was very humbled as many of my classmates were MD and very educated in a variety of backgrounds. Some courses challenged me a lot, others were more easy for me. Through this time with them I feel I have become a better person, and definitely a better therapist over all. I realize, however that opinions are totally subjective, and as with all programs, there are growing pains and always room for way to improve. I feel NAO is great, Dr Pourgol and his staff are fantastic . They continue to improve the curriculum and the subjects are relevant to any practicing health professional today.
If you are passionate and motivated this program I recommend to anyone.
By obagrin on Aug 29, 2016
Having looked through the list of Osteopathic Schools, I was very delighted to find the opportunity to learn Osteopathy at the National Academy of Osteopathy. I have decided to apply for this programme because I was sure it would strongly enrich my future and help me in my prospective career. NAO formed the basis of my perseverance towards achieving an in-depth knowledge in the field of Osteopathy.
Moreover I consider this programme as a great opportunity to get in touch with excellent people (professors, students). Thank you again Dr. Pourgol and NAO staff!


Oleg Bagrin, MD(Europe), DO(Spain), DOMP
Osteopathic Manual Practitioner
Transformations in Health Clinic, Maple, On
By Gotfooled on Jul 17, 2016
Lies lies lies lies lies lies lies lies lies
All lies, am a International medical graduate, got fooled by all the big talk by dr potrgul, forget about a 30$ job noone gives u a shit with this degree from NAO ,and all that 90k income is a fraud, keep way from it, and with the incomplete teachings you left in dark cause they just dont tell u what is to be done and when, been 2 yrs got mt domp from them got no job yet, dropped the hope of getting one, was a fool paid 5500$ for this u save yourself dont get fooled
By A on Jul 11, 2016
aware of your osap
I had bad experience in national academy in toronto canada be aware of your osap i went apply august 29 2015 my osap received 4 months that ridiculus then i enroll supply chain logistic with my friend from philippines first of all they hired teacher who are not good in teaching and had operation and nonsense we always argue which weird and always forgotten when i got highest score in class he change and tell another exam that bullshit and ridiculus this is the worst college in toronto the computer substitute teacher had operation and for our computer dont know how to explain student and giving assignment ib computer which he fid not explain the assignment that ridiculus the dean also are not good be careful before we went our internship she told me i need your grade before you go to intern until now its 3 months i need my fucking unofficial transcript she told me she dont have my grade lair i hate fucking lair there practicum in missisauga i and my friend nothing todo in panalpina which they tell us that we need to stop becuase we are not making our works for 1 week holy cow we just sitting printing documents and then they hired trios college too far from onternship ehich we are in toronto then the intern in missisauga then we suggest we need another practicum they cannot provide us until we graduate of our college this july 29 2016 the worst college pls do not enroll national academy in toronto campus your money will waste the teacher are not good in teaching if you plan to go college dont go this campus you will not train they only want your osap money
By Yogibear79 on Mar 12, 2016
Dr P is outgoing and his staff makes sure you are a family member. Academic integrity while maintaining a sense of ease for students who need a little help to perfect it as a practitioner of excellence. Highly recommend.
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National Academy of Osteopathy is the largest provider of manual osteopathic education worldwide teaching online, with practical technique classes in 68 countries. NAO also offers a 100% in-campus program at its York University Heights campus in Toronto. NAO is accredited by over 17 osteopathy associations and it is the only one that is an affiliate member of Ontario Hospital Association. NAO is also licensed with the Ministry of Social Development & Employment of Canada.
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