The Art & Science of Personal Health Coaching

The ELITE Academy

Welcome to Dr. Peña's

ELITE Academy

Where a few select students discover the world

through the natural, health & medical sciences

10 years

of hospital experience

8 years

of teaching experience

+2,500 hours

of one-on-one teaching

325+

Five-star Reviews

"I highly recommend Victor as a tutor!"

- Lexy

"He was awesome!"

- Eileen

"[Victor] is incredibly knowledgeable, supportive, and really goes above
and beyond to give his students the best possible understanding of the material."


- Lexy

"Wish we had discovered him earlier.
We have tried various tutors and he is by far the most knowledgeable in this field."


- Amy

"He was very helpful, thoughtful and informed.
Excellent time and experience."

- Philip


"I am so thankful to have such an amazing resource!
Victor will definitely be a constant presence in my education!!
He’s well worth it!! THANK YOU, VICTOR...I couldn’t have done it all without you!"

- Caitlin

"Victor was amazing at explaining the complex scientific concepts."

- Eileen

329 Five-star Reviews

Dr. Victor Peña-Araujo

BA (Biology)
MD (MB, BCh, BAO)
 Member of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Diplomate of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine

Welcome!

This is the portal for current and prospective students interested in not merely learning, but exploring and discovering the wonders of the world through the natural and medical sciences!

After a decade of working as a surgeon I decided to dedicate myself to preventing the suffering caused by chronic disease.  I do this as a lifestyle medicine health coach, speaker and educator.  Leaving my beloved surgery wasn't easy but it did give me the time and flexibility to pursue this dream to transform lives.

Over the years I have had the pleasure of working with a wide variety of students, from gifted and highly motivated high school students to pre-health (pre-med, pre-nursing, pre-dental), nursing, Harvard medical students, surgical residents, experienced doctors, to company presidents, CEO's and intellectually curious adults of all ages.  

If you love to learn, then I'd love to work with you.

Given that I split my time between my two passions of health coaching and teaching, I only work with a very small and select number of highly-motivated students each semester (year-round, including summers). This small teacher-student ratio allows me to get to know each of my students, develop a unique rapport, and usually leads to months and years of fruitful and rewarding collaboration and great academic accomplishments.

If you would like to work with me then contact me for a Complimentary 15-minute Phone Consultation to discuss your particular needs (Click on the button below and please select "ELITE Academy" as a Subject).

Thank you for visiting and I look forward to hearing from you!

Dr. Victor Peña

Firelight Academy Courses

Important Dates

To Remember:

May 15, 2019

LIMITED ENROLLMENT NOW OPEN!
EARLY BIRD $100 DISCOUNT IN EFFECT

June 30, 2019

EARLY BIRD OFFER ENDS!

August 19, 2019

FALL TERM BEGINS

November 13, 2019

FALL TERM ENDS

January 6, 2020*

SPRING TERM BEGINS

May 13, 2020*

SPRING TERM ENDS
*Exact dates to be confirmed.

ENROLLMENT IS NOW OPEN!

I am currently accepting students for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Limited seats available (first-come, first-served)


This year I will be offering two structured courses:

Honors Biology: The Science of Life

This course is two terms:

The Fall term is a fast-paced survey covering the scientific method, the study of life, the chemistry of life, ecology, cells, genetics, evolutionary biology, and plant biology.

The Spring term is a introduction of the human body presented in the form of practical anatomy, physiology, nutrition and discussion of all the body systems and some of the more common and illustrative diseases.

Students will:
  • Apply critical thinking skills and the scientific method to solve challenges in labs and other activities.
  • Use and develop their written and verbal communication skills (including preparing oral presentations, public speaking and debating skills).
  • Explore their genetic lineage to assess their specific familial health risks and what lifestyle choices they can make to reduce these risks.
  • Participate in a preserved specimen dissection.
  • Learn practical aspects of health and disease, including sleep, hydration, nutrition, exercise, and mental health.
This course has limited enrollment and is suitable for curious and motivated students 13 years and older.

Course Fee: $790

Class will meet twice a week*:
Monday (10AM to 11:30AM via video conferencing)
Wednesday (10AM to 11:30AM in-person at the Firelight Central Location @ 4716 Bull Creek Road, Austin, 78731)

*Current meeting days and times are tentative as I will do my best to adjust them to the schedules of the enrolled students.
The earlier a student enrolls the more likely it is that I will be able to accommodate his/her requested times.

To Live & Thrive: The Science of Health & Wellness

This is a two-term, fast-paced, highly-practical, inter-disciplinary workshop-style course on the factors that optimize the function of the human body and mind.

Students will learn applied biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy, physiology, psychology, neuroscience, microbiology, evolutionary biology, and behavior modification, among many others.

They will do this by exploring the practical sciences of sleep, hydration, nutrition (food science, label reading, cooking principles, meal planning, etc), physical activity and exercise, mental health, life-school balance, meditation, mindfulness and the value of having a supportive family & social network and a purpose that is greater than oneself.  We will explore the links between our own health and that of the environment.

Students will:
  • Use and develop their written and verbal communication skills (including public speaking and debating skills).
  • Apply critical thinking skills and the scientific method to solve challenges.
  • Explore their genetic lineage to assess their specific familial health risks and what lifestyle choices they can make to reduce these risks.
  • Track their own lifestyle habits and examine the impact that their choices have on their own health.
  • Develop the necessary healthy skepticism to become informed consumers capable of assessing health claims of food products, diets, and health services. 
  • Learn about real-world medicine & surgery, how to decipher what doctors say and how to be an informed and proactive patient.
This course has limited enrollment and is suitable for curious and motivated students 13 years and older.

Course Fee: $790

Class will meet twice a week*:
Monday (12 PM to 1:30 PM via video conferencing)
Wednesday (12 PM to 1:30 PM in-person at the Firelight Central Location @ 4716 Bull Creek Road, Austin, 78731)

*Current meeting days and times are tentative as I will do my best to adjust them to the schedules of the enrolled students.
The earlier a student enrolls the more likely it is that I will be able to accommodate his/her requested times.
Terms and Conditions
Your student's education and development is my number one priority, so I will always do whatever I can to accommodate his/her educational needs.  When in doubt, reach out to me and I will be happy to discuss any matter with you.
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: $100 will be discounted off the course fee when paid in full prior to the expiration of this offer (11:59PM of the date shown).
COURSE FEE: The student will be considered enrolled when the full fee has been received.  The course fee includes a non-refundable $50 administrative fee.
REFUNDS: You may request a refund to be issued for whatever reason, up until the first day of the Fall term.  However, it will exclude the $50 administrative fee.  After the first day of the term, if you choose to withdraw your student from the course then only the proportion of the fee corresponding to the classes not yet delivered will be refunded, irrespective of whether the student has attended the course (unless a valid medical note is presented).  So, if your student has been enrolled for the duration of 10% of the course's sessions then you will be reimbursed 90% of the course fee.
ABSENCES: If your student is absent from one or more sessions then I expect him/her to reach out to me to coordinate a plan to catch up.  Sessions not attended by the student for whatever reasons, including illness, will not be refunded.