First Opinion

Find it for free on the App Store



Media inquiries:


In the News

Mashable >

“In our most detailed exchange, using the free version, we received a solid answer to a question within five minutes.”


New York Times | Parenting >

“As a parent, I see a number of answers to that. An app offers convenience (no waiting for the end-of-the-day call from the harried nurse with a whole list to work through before quitting time), and, in the case of First Opinion, back-and-forth dialogue (how many times have you hung up with that nurse and realized exactly what you forgot to ask?). It’s also available to parents who don’t have access to those triage services, because they aren’t aware of them or because their pediatric care hasn’t been consistent enough to make them feel that they know who to call.”


Wall Street Journal >

“The Series A round for the San Francisco-based company was led by new investor Polaris Partners, joined by existing backers Felicis Ventures, Monashees Capital, Scrum Ventures and True Ventures.”


Techcrunch >

“First Opinion wants to address the nagging deficiencies of the system — like long lines at doctor’s offices and impersonal care — with a familiar, [messaging]-based model. Rather than offer video conferencing or a database of health information, the startup (and app of the same name) boil it down to what founder McKay Thomas thinks is most important: The ability to text message a doctor any time, night or day.”



“First Opinion just passed its one-year mark, during which it did over 100,000 consults, says Thomas.”


Mentions and Reviews >

“Well, it takes about nine minutes to get an answer [and] it can take eons to hear back from your typical primary care provider.”


Your’s Truly, Ciera >

“Being a mom means you never really ‘sleep’, because you’re always half awake listening for your baby, or opening your eyes to check if she is breathing. I want a healthy happy child, like we all want for our kids! When your child gets sick, the first thing us moms turn to is the deadly ‘Google Doctor’. We end up thinking our child might have a deadly disease after what we read and our panic goes from 1 to 100! That’s why I got the First Opinion app! This app really is incredible! It connects you to real live doctors, and you are able to directly message with them back and forth to get a “First Opinion” on what’s happening with your child! I have even used it for myself when I thought I was coming down with the flu!”


weeSpring >

“Rather than diagnose via Google or spend anxious hours in a waiting room, now you can get fast, easy access to a doctor without leaving the house…”



“Answers 24-hours a day in 60 seconds or less? I’ll likely be texting a doctor tonight.”


Well Traveled Wife >

“it has been an absolute lifesaver to get advice, know when we need to get something checked out, and feel comforted. my doctor on this app is the sweetest woman who always checks in after we chat and responds so fast every time.”


Northwest Mommy >

“First Opinion app has really started to put my mind at ease. My family and I have been traveling so much this year and we love it, but as a mother it can get a little nerve wracking traveling with my little one.”