Dugri provides “psychological PPE” to frontline medical workers by connecting them to others “in the trenches” and facilitating mutually supportive dialogue (real-talk).

Battle-tested and proven effective by military special forces, and over 100,000 first responders and healthcare professionals all over the world, the Dugri protocol helps frontline workers stay strong and perform well during and after crises like the one we are facing now.


du·gri /do͞o ɡrē/


  1. Speaking freely, honestly, what is on your mind; straightforward talk.
  2. A non invasive stress vaccination

Dugri is a safe and facilitated peer support network for healthcare workers.

Dugri cares for caretakers by:

  • Reducing stress and burnout
  • Increasing energy and emotional well-being

The result?

A healthier, more resilient workforce, less stress induced professional mistakes, greater retention, and greater functional continuity.

Why Dugri?

  • Battle-Tested: Protocol developed and refined over two decades of use by the Israeli Navy SEALS. Deployed by FEMA and its New Jersey Urban Area Security Initiative.
  • Tailored Network: Made by and for healthcare workers and first responders.
  • Facilitated: Pairs and guides peers in compassionate dialogue - high impact on performance.
  • Accessible: Can be used anytime, anywhere. Affordable, rapidly deployable and scalable.

The Dugri app is currently available on the App and Google Play stores for workers at participating hospitals.

Interested in Dugri for yourself or your organization? Click here.

How It Works

Dugri promotes honest, ‘real-talk’ that connects and energizes frontline professionals. It offers a safe space and framework to unload stress, leading to stronger individuals and more resilient organizations.

  1. A healthcare worker can make a video call via the Dugri app any time to get something off their chest.
  2. You will be paired and guided through a mutual sharing and compassionate listening process.
  3. In each session, both partners discharge stress and recharge emotionally.
  4. Return regularly to give and receive support.

Our secret sauce:

Through decades of field work with elite Special Forces, medical teams, first responders, elite athletes and civilians all over the world, we have decoded the path to discharge stress, enhance wellness, and improve resilience and mission excellence.


Strong, highly successful people, connecting with their peers, through mutual, brave, real-talk. Trust and resilience among these people is built and sustained through networks of like-minded, sharing, and caring peers.

Principles that guide us:

  • Harnessing personal and professional stress, and managing it as a vehicle to excellence.
  • Helping people get real with themselves and with each other.
  • Dugri builds and sustains trust. We are here for each other; we have each other’s back.
  • Everyone has a story to tell, the need to share it and a trusted person that will listen with empathy and compassion.
  • Heart to heart encryption: Dugri guards your privacy, does not listen or record your conversations, nor sell your info. To anyone. Ever.


Our team brings together extensive global expertise in science, medicine, psychological trauma, disaster response and technology, to deliver a “peer to peer” resiliency model for individuals and organizations. We began with frontline medical teams and first responders at the dawn of the COVID-19 global pandemic. We are moving to fill a void where traditional ways of thinking, intervention, treatment, and crisis consulting are overwhelmed, unaffordable and unsustainable.

Jonathan Lewis, MD, PhD

serves as Chairman and founder and has served in numerous leadership roles in biotechnology, healthcare and policy. He served for 10 years as a Professor of Surgery and Medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and is a fellow of both the Royal College of Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons. Since 9/11, Dr. Lewis has helped contribute to caring leadership, crisis leadership and peer support initiatives, with the NYPD and FDNY and the Combat Wound Initiative Program of the Congressional Jackson Foundation.

Yotam Dagan, MA, MPA

serves as Chief Executive Officer and founder and is a former Israeli Navy SEAL Commander, Chief Instructor, and clinical psychologist. A global expert in trauma and resilience, Yotam developed a resilience training model for first responders which serves as the foundation for the Dugri app. This protocol, which Yotam coined ‘Operational Stress Management,’ has been used by organizations including the US government, FEMA, and the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI). He has worked in multiple disaster zones, training emergency healthcare professionals after traumatic events such as the Boston Marathon attack and the Parkland, FL and Stoneman Douglas school shootings.

Nadav Cohen

serves as Chief Technology Officer and founder and has served as director of engineering at Spotify®, is highly experienced in product design and development, scale and hyper scale up, and leading engineering teams.

Kate Driscoll

serves as VP of Product Development and has over 20 years of experience leading teams in the planning, delivery and marketing of innovative digital products shaped by customer insights.

Sir Murray Brennan

serves as a Founding Board Member and is an oncologic surgeon-scientist, an experienced global health policy leader and an exemplar of compassion and empathy. He has held multiple global leadership roles and is Chairman Emeritus of Surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City.

Elizabeth Capela

serves as Project Manager and has 15+ years of client-facing, administrative and project management experience in the academic arena and financial services industry.


“Often, I and other people I work with, do not know the right words to say or the right questions to ask when friends, colleagues or someone we care about is coming to us with their very personal concerns or experiences. We go through a lot every day. It is hard to cope.”

“Dugri helps remove the pressure of ‘saying the right thing’ and guides me, and us, through this often-difficult, crazy territory.”

Cailin Brodel, RN, 1st female career firefighter, Bayonne NJ

“The Dugri team has developed a way to use resilience building, time tested tools, in a mobile app, with a just-in-time training module that allows healthcare workers to provide peer-to-peer support in a safe environment. This is an opportunity that goes beyond acknowledging the sacrifices of those on the front line. This is an opportunity to preserve the workforce for what they deal with today, and every day… and prepares them for what may come”.

Dr. James N. Pruden, Emergency Physician Leader, COVID 19 survivor


Findings from the Harvard 80-year longitudinal study of Adult Development (REF) that started in 1938 during the Great Depression*

  1. “The surprising finding [of the Harvard 80-year longitudinal study (REF) of 238 sophomores that started in 1938 during the Great Depression] is that our relationships and how happy we are in our relationships has a powerful influence on our health. Taking care of your body is important but tending to your relationships is a form of self-care too. That, I think, is the revelation.”

    Robert Waldinger, Director of the Harvard study, psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital, and professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School

  2. “When the study began, nobody cared about empathy or attachment. But the key to healthy aging is relationships, relationships, relationships.”

    George Vaillant, Director of the Harvard study, American psychiatrist and Professor at Harvard Medical School and Director of Research for the Department of Psychiatry, Brigham and Women's Hospital.

* Malone J. C., Cohen S., Liu S. R., Vaillant G. E., Waldinger, R. J. (2013). Adaptive midlife defense mechanisms and late-life health, Personality and Individual Differences, Volume 55, Issue 2, Pages 85-89, ISSN 0191-8869, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2013.01.025



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