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 residency level. She developed a curriculum and coaching program to give physicians the tools they need to enjoy their lives and thrive in their chosen careers. She remains active clinically as on-call faculty for the Alaska Family Medicine Residency and for the local FQHC.
Experience and Parternships
Dr. Caylor has had 23 years of post-residency clinical experience, 14 of those years involving academic medicine at the residency level. She completed the faculty development fellowship through the University of Washington. She serves as the coach for the Hybrid UW and Madigan Faculty Development Program. She partners with the Behavioral Health Faculty at the Alaska Family Medicine Residency to deliver Physician Toolbox Talks to residents. She also partners with several family medicine residency programs as an external coach to deliver group and individual coaching to residents and faculty, as well as works directly with many individual physicians. In addition to her own coaching program, Dr. Caylor works with top-notch programs that offer coaching to faculty and trainees across specialties: Coaching for Institutions, AMWA Evolve, and Better Together Physician Coaching. Through these programs, she's had the opportunity to coach within research studies at Mayo and with CU. To date, Dr. Caylor has coached over 250 physicians. She is a generalist at heart and works with her clients on their identified needs. She sees her clients as whole, capable and resourceful.
Training and Qualifications
- ICF ACC Credentialed
- Certified Professional Coach, The Life Coach School, 6-month Program
- Co-Active Institute Foundations
- Lodestar Trauma Mitigation Master Coaching Progam
- Positive Intelligence Foundations
- Certified, Culinary Coach through Harvard's Institute of Lifestyle Medicine
Casey Kernan, MD
Residency is hard. I think we all question, at some point our abilities and our purpose in medicine. Professional coaching was new to me but Tonya made it valuable, convenient and fun. She is a joy to work with and helped me find the joy in family medicine. I highly recommend her to anyone in medicine that experiences burnout, frustration in their careers or simply needs to refocus.
Rima Butler, MD
"She brings a gracious confidence to the challenges of residency and clinical practice. I have grown so much from her coaching!"