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Lieutenant Commander Marit Lantry

Name Marit Faith Lantry M.D., Ph.D.

Position Chief Counselor

Rank Lieutenant Commander


Character Information

Callsign (Fighters Only) Marie
Gender Female
Species Human
Age 37

Physical Appearance

Height 5'9"
Weight 145 lbs.
Hair Color Red
Eye Color Blue
Physical Description Marit is tall and slender, but not at all athletic, and prefers to watch what she eats rather than engage in regular physical exercise. She’ll occasionally swim to clear her head, but her pale complexion reflects a preference for indoor activities over those outdoors.

Family

Spouse None
Children None
Father Charles Lantry, Civilian Cargo Hauler (deceased)
Mother Elizabeth Lantry, Civilian Cargo Hauler (deceased)
Brother(s) None
Sister(s) None
Other Family None

Personality & Traits

General Overview Growing up, Marit learned “doing” was prized far more than “talking.” Consequently, at times, she is quite reserved, preferring to simply observe and speak when spoken to. With friends, or when speaking of her work, however, she can be much more outgoing and speaks with far more candor than people expect. She uses sarcasm and humor to put people at ease, and is cool under pressure.
Strengths & Weaknesses Marit is a skilled healer who has the experience, in and out of the fleet, to excel in whatever position she is called to serve. She is not the type to rest on her laurels, however, and makes it a priority to stay informed of the latest research. Lantry is not easily intimidated, but doesn’t like to throw her weight around, unless she thinks it will get her what she needs for her patients. She will pursue what is best for those she works with, no matter the consequence. She is well-regarded as a supervisor and is respected by experienced and inexperienced clinicians alike.

Over the years, Lantry’s contempt for the bureaucracy of Starfleet has grown, though she still believes strongly in its ideals and principles. She is a team player, but considers herself a healer first and foremost, and has been known to be somewhat vocal and irreverent when it comes to what she considers to be the ridiculous rules and regulations surrounding Starfleet and its treatment of mental health professionals.

She is more insecure about her appearance than most people know and fears being alone deep down.
Ambitions Having grown up in a family where she didn’t feel as though she quite fit in, Marit’s greatest desire is to find a man to share her life with and to have children. However, she is equally passionate about her career and understands the two desires aren’t very compatible. She was proud of her rank and position, primarily because with it came greater power to help alleviate suffering, but as long as she is free to make a difference and permitted her independence, she is happy.
Hobbies & Interests Lantry enjoys intellectual pursuits over physical ones, including reading and conducting her own research. Her guilty pleasure is reading murder mysteries from all over the Federation.
Languages Federation standard, Klingon, and some Bajoran

Personal History Marit’s life, or rather, what she knows of her life, began at age four. She was adopted by Elizabeth and Charles Lantry of New Orleans, LA after she was reportedly abandoned by her birth parents in a park on a winter day. Marit has no real memory of her life before age four, only a vague recollection of losing her teddy bear when she was taken into the custody of social services. However, the story’s been told so many times, it feels as real and as vivid as an actual memory.

Elizabeth and Charles were civilian cargo haulers who frequently did business for Starfleet. They were full of love, and content to just scrape by. They doted on Marit and always provided for her needs, but devalued material possessions and higher learning, believing after a certain point, education and possessions were simply a way for people to look down upon others.

Growing up with free-spirits like Elizabeth and Charles was a dream come true for a curious and outgoing girl like Marit. They encouraged her to explore their world freely, and as she matured, she learned the cargo trade with ease. Although her parents had their own disagreements with Starfleet and its hierarchal nature, they found her curiosity about Starfleet endearing, and so they introduced her to the personnel they interacted with at most every opportunity. Marit was particularly drawn to the healers she interacted with, in part because of her curiosity about the nature and purpose of the medical supplies her parents transported.

On those rare occasions when they were called upon to ferry people here and there, Marit was often praised for being easy to talk to, despite the cramped conditions. As a young child, Marit thought nothing of it, convinced she would follow in her parents’ footsteps. In school, she did well, but was always afraid to excel too well, out of fear of becoming the dreaded “elitist” her parents always railed against.

Marit’s internal struggles came to a head when she announced she wanted to pursue a career in Starfleet. Though her parents refused to turn their backs on her, the resentment was always there. After several nasty arguments, her parents asked Marit not to bring it up again, and thus, it became the “elephant” in the room between them. From that point on, her parents were cordial, but always not quite warm with her.

Feeling she had nothing to lose at that point, Marit threw herself into her studies. She wasn’t the most outgoing of students, but she did develop a close circle of friends, and managed to excel in her classes. No longer frowned upon for excelling beyond her beginnings, Marit allowed her interest in medicine to flourish. A professor took note of her natural curiosity about people and what drove them to be who they were (in part based on Lantry’s research on adopted children), and suggested she pursue a career in mental health.

Lantry agreed to consider it, but fully intended to become an Emergency Medicine specialist. By the time she entered Starfleet Medical, the Dominion War was ramping up, and cadets were inundated with stories of personnel returning in desperate need of proper medical and mental health care. Deciding she owed it to Starfleet to be the most prepared she could be, Marit decided to pursue her medical degree as well as her counseling credentials. Believing it would complement her medical studies, she elected to stay an additional two years at Starfleet Medical to obtain specific training in trauma assessment and interventions.

Her first posting, the USS Stargazer, turned out to be a memorable one. There, she met and befriended then acting Chief Medical Officer, Lauren Gray. Though Lantry was too young to have served in the Dominion War directly, the two bonded over their efforts to treat the physical and psychological wounds from the conflict. Lantry knew Gray was still reeling from her own experiences, and Marit became a close friend and confidante.
Marit remained on the Stargazer with Gray for the next two years, eventually earning the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade. Shortly after Gray was transferred to the USS Iapetes, however, and Lantry received devastating news: her adoptive parents had been murdered after being caught in the middle of what apparently was a dispute between Starfleet and some pirates, who claimed Lantry’s parents as collateral damage for being at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Grief-stricken, Marit decided she needed a break from working with trauma survivors directly, and she took a position teaching and supervising other counselors aboard Liberty Station. Marit needed time to regroup and figure out her next move, and the posting was remote enough without being too cut off from the Federation.
As more details of the murders came to light – including the fact Starfleet knew the area her parents were asked to travel was known disputed territory for pirates who didn’t care that got hurt- Marit developed anger for Starfleet that threatened to swallow her up. She took a brief leave of absence to figure out what to do next.

Although Marit knew she would never completely forgive Starfleet for what she saw as a betrayal, she knew it would dishonor her parents’ memories not to follow her passion as a healer. Finding that she still believed in Starfleet and Federation ideals even if she didn’t always agree with the way they were applied, Marit returned to active duty and took an assignment as a psychiatric consultant on behalf of Starfleet Security and Starfleet JAG. Marit’s specific training in trauma assessment and intervention made her an ideal candidate to assess victims, witnesses, and potential suspects believed to be traumatized at the time of a crime or major incident. Because of her own personal losses, Marit also was able to connect with people in a way others within the law enforcement and legal communities could not.

After two years of service in the emotionally taxing position, Marit decided she needed a change of pace, and she took a position as a Counseling Trainer and Supervisor aboard the USS Clayton, an Academy Training vessel. Teaching fresh faced cadets challenged her in a variety of ways but also re-awakened her passion for her work. Feeling strong mentally and emotionally, she decided after one year, it was time to return to regular fleet service and she took an assignment as a medical officer and counselor aboard the USS Resolute.

Her time aboard the Dilligent-class starship, although brief, helped Marit rebuild confidence in herself and to some extent, in Starfleet as a whole. Working with a crew in a vessel that only spanned eight decks tested Lantry’s skill and patience as well as her crew’s, but it only broadened her capabilities as a leader. When the Resolute was put into long-term drydock after sustaining damage, Lantry requested a change of scenery that would give her a bit more flexibility and provide her with more opportunities to interact with people of greater diversity. Starbase 332 is her most daunting assignment to date, but she is eager to make her mark.
Service Record 2371 – 2375: Starfleet Academy
2375 – 2379: Starfleet Medical Academy (Dual specialties in Emergency Medicine and Psychiatry)
2379 -2381: Starfleet Medical (Ph.D. in Traumatic Stress Studies and Intervention)
2381 – 2383: Ensign, Counselor, USS Stargazer
January 2383 – June 2383: Leave of Absence
2383 – 2385: Lieutenant Junior Grade, Psychiatric Consultant, Starfleet Security/Starfleet JAG
2385 – 2387: Lieutenant, Counseling Trainer/Supervisor, USS Clayton
2387 - 2388: Lieutenant, Medical Officer/Counselor, USS Resolute
Present: Chief Counselor, Starbase 332