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Lieutenant JG Noelle Bennett
Noelle is healthy, if a bit on the lean side, and prefers to swim to keep in shape. Her height and her schooling lead her to carry herself somewhat regally, which people sometimes mistake for snobbery. She is not what most would consider "stunning" but she is attractive, especially when she smiles.
|Father||Tyler Bennett, Merchant|
|Mother||Holly Bennett, RN, Nurse-Midwife, Royal London Hospital|
Personality & Traits
|General Overview||Noelle possesses the maturity and poise one might expect of someone her age and with her education, but none of the arrogance. While she always appreciated her parents' love and devotion, she will often do things the hard way just to avoid giving others the impression she feels a sense of entitlement, as her background might at first suggest. In many ways, she is still finding her way after living such a sheltered and privileged life, and this is perhaps why she is able to empathize with her troubled patients. She has quite a maternal streak, and it often leads her to speak her mind no matter the personal consequences. She is outgoing and funny, and far more sarcastic than people expect.|
|Strengths & Weaknesses||Noelle is a skilled clinician who is good at anticipating problems and intervening before they become a major concern. She takes her duties as a Starfleet psychiatrist very seriously and enjoys the challenges the role presents that are unlike any she might encounter in private practice.
Because she did not come from a Starfleet family, Noelle can more easily relate to people who aren't interested in rank or titles. She is a physician first and an officer second, and unless pertaining or relevant to patient care, she is not a stickler for rules and regulations. As she has progressed in her career, others have frowned on her for this, so it's something she is working on.
|Ambitions||Although it was never her primary goal in life, Noelle would love to be married and a mother someday. She knows she will likely counsel others for a long time, but she hasn't given up on the idea of becoming an obstetrician full time. Above all, she wants to be a well-respected healer who achieves goals she feels are worthy.|
|Hobbies & Interests||Mystery holo-novels, forensic psychiatry, and classical music.|
|Personal History||Noelle was born on Christmas Eve to Tyler and Holly Bennett in London, England. Holly is a registered nurse-midwife at Royal London Hospital, and Tyler is a merchant who dropped out of school at the age of fifteen to join the family business, dabbling in legal and not so legal trade. Consequently, Holly has been the only consistent bread-winner for their family, and this has always been a point of contention in their relationship, which began when both were just sixteen years old.
When Holly was seventeen, she became pregnant. Tyler was ecstatic and wished to marry Holly, but Holly, fearful of bringing a child into such a dangerous and unstable way of life, refused. Angered and hurt by the rejection, Tyler ended their relationship, and left Holly, a devout Catholic, to explain her unplanned pregnancy to her very traditional family. The stress of her secret and having to face the possibility that she would be kicked out of her home proved to be too much, and Holly miscarried. The loss bonded Holly and Tyler, and it was their shared grief that brought them back together a year later. They married at the age of eighteen, and enjoyed a passionate, but forever rocky romance.
The loss of their first child was the defining moment in Holly and Tyler's lives, but it was Holly who struggled the most. She devoted her life to helping others have the children she always dreamed of, but she was still prone to bouts of deep depression, which were exacerbated by the stresses of being married to a man who never knew whether he'd be able to support his family from one moment to the next. All of that seemed to be forgotten when Holly found out she was pregnant with Noelle.
From the very first sonogram, Noelle became the very center of her parents lives. While they weren't rich, Noelle never knew just how hard Tyler and Holly fought to give her the best education and upbringing they could afford. Noelle constantly heard education was the means to achieve her dreams, and growing up, she felt obligated to make her parents' sacrifices count for something, especially when she learned her mother could have no more children and as she watched her mother slip in and out of depressive states. It wasn't something Tyler or Holly ever took the time to explain, and as a young child, Noelle had come to blame herself. Her mother's ambitions became her own: Noelle set her sights on medical school and on a career in obstetrics, hoping to find a cure for her mother's sterility, and in so doing, make her mother proud of her always.
However, their daughter's education proved to be a double-edged sword for the Bennetts. The more educated Noelle became, the more independence she wanted. Her parents' dreams for her, marriage and a family in London, seemed too confining. Noelle loved her parents, but she began to see their attempts to chart her life as controlling rather than well-meaning. She did well in medical school, but life at Oxford gave her an opportunity to explore other paths, and gave her a taste of freedom. Away from her mother's black moods, she began to see them as abnormal and all-consuming, and it sparked a natural curiosity in mental health. That spark of curiosity eventually turned into a more focused desire to counsel others. Not wanting to start over (and perhaps more importantly, not wanting to disappoint her parents), Noelle decided to take on an additional specialty in psychiatry. She continued her coursework in obstetrics as well, in part because she loved it, but also in part because the only child thought it a fair compromise for her ailing mother.
It was a move that ultimately surprised and disappointed her parents, who by then felt they had "lost control" of their only child. Any and all attempts to understand her mother's illness or to question her father's chosen life were seen as a sign of disloyalty and ungratefulness, and the last year at home proved to be unbearable. Noelle's parents became virtual strangers to her, isolating themselves from her most of the time, or offering a cold formality at best. As difficult as it was for her to understand, Noelle dealt with it by withdrawing into her work. She had become a competent clinician, but was so rattled by her parents' seeming rejection of her that it became much easier to investigate and speculate on the personalities of others from her world and worlds they had not yet encountered rather than devote her life to counseling others, as she had dreamed.
As things worsened for her at home, her desire to escape it grew. Although one of Noelle's most desired alternate career paths included going into Starfleet, she had convinced herself it was a mere pipe dream. After all, by the time she decided it was where she wanted to be, she was a fully trained psychiatrist. The prospect of starting over yet again with eighteen year olds seemed preposterous. However, it appeared Fate had other plans.
When several of her papers discussing the potential psychological impact of long-term space exploration on crewmembers got the attention of Starfleet (thanks to the help of a cherished professor), Noelle was approached by a Starfleet Medical recruiter. Encouraged by the news she could complete basic training in two years and post-graduate training in another two before being posted, she decided to make the leap. Leaving her parents was the hardest thing she has ever had to do in her life thus far, but Noelle knew she had to get some distance between herself and her family if she was ever going to become truly independent.
Noelle threw herself into her work and proved herself to be a capable leader. Now a senior counselor and physician with Starfleet Medical, she has been asked to serve as a clinician and advisor for Leto Colony. The brass believed Noelle’s prior experience as a physician and mental health professional within a colony setting made her the perfect person to provide medical and counseling support and guidance to the medical and counseling staff there.
Leto Colony provided Noelle with many diverse professional opportunities outside the standard base or ship assignments. Not only did Bennett enjoy the benefits and challenges of working in a planetary based hospital, she was regularly called upon to provide medical and psychological expertise for law enforcement and intelligence investigations. In addition, Noelle made it a priority to work with members of the colony’s diplomatic office and civilian relations committee to ensure smooth collaboration with Starfleet and the surrounding populations. Noelle enjoyed the diversity in her work and was proud to represent Starfleet Medical.
Noelle’s successful efforts with Leto Colony caught the attention of the Starfleet Medical brass and she was asked to lend her expertise to Deep Space 5, which not only serves as home to a vast number of Starfleet Officers and civilians, but offers top notch clinical and research facilities for someone with Bennett’s diverse skillset. Coupled with her professional interest to promote the application of psychological expertise in ways Starfleet Command may not have anticipated, they believed she could serve as an ideal ambassador for her chosen professions.
|Service Record||2372-2376 Pre-Medicine Studies, Oxford University, London, England
2376-2380 Obstetrics and Gynecology/Psychiatry, Oxford University, London, England
2380- 2382 Starfleet Basic Training, Starfleet Academy, San Francisco
2382-2384 Post Graduate Studies, Clinical Psychiatry, Starfleet Medical Academy, San Francisco
2384-2385 Assistant Chief Counselor, Tesla Station
2385-2386 Chief Counselor, Obsidian Colony
Present Senior Counselor/Physician, Starfleet Medical
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