Tonya brings a breadth of clinical experience and public health background to her role as Advocates for Youth’s Program Manager of Clinical Services and Contraceptive access. She works to improve reproductive health services for young people and eliminate the barriers they face in obtaining contraception and avoiding unintended pregnancy. She is a strong advocate for development of care models that allow young people to access contraception in non-clinical settings, as well as the importance of creating equity in young people’s access to the full range of available methods, including long-acting reversible contraceptives.
In addition to her work at Advocates for Youth, Tonya is a pediatrician who practices adolescent medicine in a teen clinic and at a local school-based health center. Her ongoing clinical work keeps her grounded in the every day experiences of young people, which informs all of the work that she does. Tonya earned her MD from the University of Minnesota Medical School, where she also completed a residency in pediatrics. In addition, she received a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Tonya serves on the DC Adolescent Health Working Group, Children’s National Medical Center’s LGBTQ Advisory Committee, and the Advocacy Committee for the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine.