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Location: Rockville, MD
Founded: 2000
Industry: Technology


Peter N. Kaufman, MD
Chief Medical Officer

Committing to wellness: DrFirst originally implemented a wellness program to satisfy requirements for a partially self-funded health plan. The company hosted a free and confidential on-site biometric screening for employees, followed by one-on-one counseling on their results and steps they could take to improve. The event was successful, and DrFirst received feedback from employees about the importance of on-site health and wellness events.

FUN FACT: One of DrFirst’s IT staffers was first encouraged to bike to work by a colleague, and has stuck with it for the past two years.

Special perks: DrFirst’s wellness program includes stress and meditation seminars, ergonomic assessments, massage therapy, bike-to-work groups, gym discounts and step challenges that allow teams to compete with their Fitbit or other pedometer weekly. One of the newest additions is a weekly recess, which allows employees to throw around footballs, play badminton or toss Frisbees. DrFirst has also incorporated financial health into its wellness program.

Solid results: When DrFirst sent an initial email advertising 12 individual massage-therapy sessions, the spots immediately filled up. “We discovered that our employees were chomping at the bit to get on the list for a chair massage, and the popularity of the event allowed us to double the number of sessions, go from one therapist to two and expand the event to other offices,” says Peter N. Kaufman, DrFirst’s chief medical officer.