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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 remains active clinically as on-call faculty for the Alaska Family Medicine Residency and for a local private practice. 

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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 and residents, early-career physicians, and faculty through her own programs. She coaches individuals and groups. Dr. Caylor is a generalist at heart and works with her clients on their identified needs. She 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!"


Dr. Caylor is a member of Coaching for Institutions, the Physician Coaching Alliance, and the Physician Coaches Society and is an affiliate member of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School affiliate.

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