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Meet the Coach

Tonya Caylor, MD, FAAFP, founded Joy in Family Medicine Coaching Services® after realizing physician coaching's power and seeing a paucity of it at the resident level. She developed a curriculum and coaching program to give physicians the tools early in their training to sustain a life-long career and find wholeness and joy in the journey. She continues to enjoy her clinical practice and remains as on-call faculty for the Alaska Family Medicine Residency Program.

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Qualifications

Dr. Caylor has had 22 years of post-residency clinical experience, 13 of those years involving academic medicine at the residency level. She completed the faculty development fellowship through the University of Washington. Dr. Caylor is a certified culinary coach through Harvard's Institute of Lifestyle Medicine and a Certified Professional Coach through the Life Coach School. She has completed additional coursework at the Co-Active Training Institute. She has experience coaching medical students in the AMWA-Ignite program, residents, early-career physicians, and faculty. She is a generalist at heart and sees her clients as whole, capable and resourceful.  

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Natalie F., MD

"Dr. Tonya Caylor and the Joy in Family Medicine program came to me at just the right time. I was feeling overwhelmed by several personal and family issues and trying to balance that with my career in medicine. Tonya is incredibly warm and approachable and I immediately felt comfortable opening up to her. Each week I looked forward to my sessions with her and felt that I learned and gained so much from them. She is excellent at being practical and efficient while also taking time truly listen. Before starting I was having a difficult time coping with some tough life circumstances, but by the end I felt so much more prepared to face the challenges in life. I have a much clearer view of what's important to me in my personal and professional life and how to achieve my goals. I feel significantly happier and more self-aware than I was before. The whole process was fun with lots of laughs. I highly recommend this program to any physician. Being a physician in any circumstance is mentally and physically taxing. This program gives you the tools and self-confidence to take on any challenge."

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Rima Butler, MD

"She brings a gracious confidence to the challenges of residency and clinical practice. I have grown so much from her coaching!"

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