Lieutenant Commander Lia Grae
Name Lia Varya Grae
Position Chief Counselor
Rank Lieutenant Commander
|Eye Color||amaranth pink|
|Physical Description||Lia's piercing amaranth pink eyes are her most unique feature. While at work, she likes to wear her hair up, either with a clip or in a ponytail, She is graceful and has a shapely figure; cool, reassuring eyes and, among others, her endearing and disarming smile. When not in a clip her brunette hair typically falls to her shoulders.|
Personality & Traits
|General Overview||Lia is an outgoing individual who has been previously described as a 'charming' and 'sophisticated' person with a warm and informal attitude towards fellow colleagues and encourages them to join her in her hobbies and interests; in all respects Lia is approachable and friendly towards others, even when they act hostile towards her. Forgiving in nature and a brilliant listener, she takes her professional duties and sense of collective responsibility strongly and is fiercely protective of her friends and crew-members.
She is prone to teasing and bantering with close friends and colleagues and frequently makes jokes to people to feels secure that she would not offend, though takes caution and restraint around acquaintances and unfamiliar persons. Furthermore, Lia is a respectful and patient officer and openly embraces other cultures, races and viewpoints.
|Strengths & Weaknesses||Strengths
Good listener and approachable
Quick-thinking and adaptable under pressure
Brilliant problem-solver, especially in emotional situations
Sometimes too dedicated.
Sometimes too carefree.
|Ambitions||Generally, Lia does not exactly perceive the idea of ambition the same way that a lot of people do. If anything, she would like to aspire to an orderly manner of living. Simply be the best she can be. However, there is a part of her that longs to make a lasting impression on the psychiatric community.|
|Hobbies & Interests||Lia enjoys playing a wide variety of card games; and instruments, her favorite is playing the piano to the classic works of Beethoven and Brahms. She has a varying taste in music and likes a good holonovel/ books.|
|Personal History||Lia Varya Grae was born on Sigma Iota V in November 19, 2359 to Arlo and Xylia Grae. Arlo was a Ventaxian male who served as the Federation Ambassador to Sigma Iota V and sponsored their application for membership. He met his wife Xylia, a Xenexian female, on Augusts on 2355 during a conference on Andros III. The two fell in love all most instantly, and were married less than a year later.
A year after Lia was born, Sigma Iota V officially joined the Federation and her family relocated to San Francisco, Earth. Growing up on Earth was beneficial to Lia as she showed academic promise from a youthful age and was described as quick-witted and sociable by teachers. Growing up near the Starfleet HQ, Lia was able to interact with a variety of alien races and learned to be very accepting of foreign cultures and races.
She attended secondary school in San Francisco where her interest and passion for medical sciences were groomed. She was a fairly sociable child, openly conversing with other adolescents and classmates both in school and out but was teased by friends for her bookish nature which was much embarrassment to her, though she cannot recall why.
In 2375 at the age of 15, her home was destroyed during the surprise Breen attack signifying their entry into the Dominion War. Fortunately she and her parents survived the attack but it left a lasting impression on Lia’s life. Not to take anything for granted and to embrace life. Following the attack she and a group of her friends would volunteer to help at the local hospitals. Most of her time was spent in the recovery ward, sampling listening to the patients allowing them to express themselves and then offering comforting reassurance that everything will be ok.
It was from that moment on, Lia knew she wanted to be a Counselor.
A year later in 2376 she was accepted into the summer psychological program sponsored by the University of Betazed on Starbase 293 and earned a certificate of excellence from the program.
Her interest and dedication to psychology paid off and the extra credits she received from various programs like the one from the previous year allowed her to qualify for the early entrance to Starfleet Academy. By the fall of 2378 she was accepted into Stafleet Academy and majored in philosophy and psychology and due to some persuasion of her peers minored in security. She also took courses in basic leadership and one semester of field medics. During her second year at the academy, she and a few of her classmates were participating in a holodeck away team simulation. This simulation was to test the under classmate in security and combat skills. Lia was well prepared, however what her instructor was impressed with was not how she handled the hand-to-hand combat but how Lia handled aiding a fallen comrade who needed minor medical care. After the simulation the professor approached her suggesting she would make a better career decision to change her minor from security to medical. After weeks of thinking it over, Lia took her professor’s advice and switched her minor.
Lia graduated at the top of her class in 2382 and was quickly offered an assigned as a Counselor to Starbase 222. Just as quickly she was offered she accepted.
She quickly adjusted to station life on Starbase 222 she was one of ten counselors on the station. For the first couple of months she served mainly as a filler for the four main counselors however by 2384 she was beginning to see her own patients regularly as she herself climbed up the chain.
In 2385 Starbase 222 received a new Chief Counselor, Nicole Musser, who Lia befriended immediately. The two became close friends despite the chain of command and a clear age gap and did well to ensure neutrality with her other colleagues and crew-members. When Nicole was transferred to Starbase 723 she personally requested Lia to be her Assistant Chief Counselor, it was a request Lia was happy to accept.
After transferring to SB723 Lia was exposed to the clinical research side of Psychology and was intrigued by it. It was there that her ambition to have an impact to the psychological community was born. With collaboration with Dr. Musser, Lia had her first published in the Federation Psychiatric Journal in 2387 titling “When to Yield to Blissful Ignorance: The Negative Effects of Psychiatry.” The paper caused mix emotions and spurred up a debate in the psychiatric community but Lia was proud none the less.
In 2388 she was offered the chance to be Chief Counselor of the USS Katana, her first ever starship assignment. She accepted it.
|Service Record||2379 - 2382: Starfleet Academy
2382 - 2385: Starbase 222, Counselor
2385 - 2388: Starbase 723, Assistant Chief Counselor
2388 - Present: USS Katana, Chief Counselor