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Ensign Cassidy Westphall

Name Cassidy Rose Westphall M.D., Ph.D.

Position Trauma Counselor/Assistant Medical Officer

Rank Ensign


Character Information

Gender Female
Species Human
Age 34

Physical Appearance

Height 5'7"
Weight 119 lbs.
Hair Color Red
Eye Color Blue

Family

Spouse James Reston, ex-husband
Children None
Father Raymond Westphall
Mother Theresa Westphall
Brother(s) Raymond Westpall Jr., Thomas Westphall, Mitchell Westphall, and Brian Westphall
Sister(s) None
Other Family None

Personality & Traits

General Overview Cassidy is a smart, compassionate, and the kind of person who knows people, inside and out of her department, by name. Being relatively new to Starfleet service, the opportunity to meet and help people from different planets still excites and sometimes confounds her, but the chance to learn new things while helping others ultimately fulfills her as much as it challenges her.
Strengths & Weaknesses Despite all she’s been through, Cassidy has somehow managed to maintain a sense of optimism. She is also a team player, and having come to Starfleet later in life, she has a perspective on the work not everyone enjoys. Her respect for every member of the team has earned her the appreciation of her colleagues.

Cassidy has tried to soldier on and is firmly committed to her work and her research but she is still grieving the loss of her marriage, especially since James has re-married and started a family of his own. She is still quite maternal, and tries to cope with her own grief by helping others heal from adversity. Besides struggling to reconcile her feelings regarding her marriage, her other weakness is being a work-aholic, behavior.

Ambitions Cassidy aspires to be a wife and mother someday.
Hobbies & Interests Cassidy likes spending time with friends, watching soaps, good food, good music, giving hugs, suspense movies, dark chocolate, and mystery novels.


Personal History Cassidy was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, the youngest child and the only girl in an Irish Catholic family that included her mother, Theresa, a nurse-midwife, and her father, Raymond, a beat cop, along with her four brothers: Raymond Jr., Thomas, Mitchell, and Brian. Growing up, the family never had much money, but there was always love, and Cassidy’s childhood was ideal in her mind. As the only girl, her father doted upon her and her brothers, although they loved to tease her, were also her biggest protectors.

For as long as she can remember, Cassidy was taught to value three things above all else: Service, faith, and family. Helping other people was a value she saw her parents and siblings put into action every day, whether it was her mother’s dedication to helping the women in their community receive the healthcare they deserved or whether it was her father’s dedication to helping others receive justice, no matter who they were or where they came from. While her brothers went on to join the police academy like their father, Cassidy set her sights on a career as a nurse-midwife, just like her mother.

Cassidy loved watching her mother help bring life into the world and she also appreciated the way her mother spent time with the women she served, getting to know them as people and showing a willingness to provide emotional support throughout their lives, not just when they had medical issues. Watching her mother care for others helped awaken Cassidy’s own desire to pursue her own career in medicine, not in obstetrics or midwifery, but in psychiatry.

She was an excellent student and was at the top of her class through the University of Massachusetts. After graduating with her Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Cassidy went on to complete medical school and her psychiatry residency. She met her future husband, James Reston, when he was an arrogant medical student. He annoyed her at first because he kept trying to tell her what to do despite his student status. After showing him up one day, to her surprise, he asked her out, and from that point on, they were inseparable. They married after dating for two years when James was still in his residency. Their work put a strain on the marriage, but Cassidy was determined to get through it and see to it they started a family of their own as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, fate, it seemed, had other plans. Although they tried and tried to conceive, Cassidy was never able to get pregnant on her own, and despite all sorts of painful and invasive testing, doctors could never explain the cause of their infertility. By the time they could have tried things like IVF, James had begun to waver on his desire to start a family, and then, as he was just beginning his career. Cassidy reluctantly agreed to wait until he was ready, but the waiting and her sense of failure began to eat at her over time. She fell into a deep depression and began to resent James’ dedication to his career. James, in turn, began to belittle Cassidy’s career in comparison.

When James eventually asked for a divorce, Cassidy was devastated, but eventually fueled by James’ belittling, she shocked her family and friends when she announced she was entering Starfleet Medical School to earn her Ph.D. in trauma psychiatry, a course of study that interested her after her own history of trauma and loss. Cassidy saw Starfleet as a chance to broaden her horizons, challenge herself, and to focus on helping others instead of remaining stuck in her own head. Despite being one of the oldest med students in the program at Starfleet Medical Academy, Cassidy was also one of the most dedicated, not just to continuing the work she started as a psychiatrist, but also to
understanding how to truly help traumatized heal.

After completing her trauma psychiatry residency and working as an attending psychiatrist and Trauma Psychiatrist for five years at Starfleet Medical HQ, she was posted aboard the hospital ship, USS Caduceus as the Assistant Chief Psychiatrist and Trauma Psychiatrist. Serving in a supervisory capacity aboard the fast paced hospital vessel was a trial by fire for Cassidy, but she loved it. When the Caduceus was ordered to undergo a refit, she requested a similar posting and was thrilled to be assigned to the USS Sirona.

Service Record B.S. Biology (Pre-Medicine Track), University of Massachusetts – Boston
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Psychiatry Residency, University of Massachusetts
Ph.D. Trauma Psychiatry, Starfleet Medical Academy, San Francisco, CA.
Staff/Trauma Psychiatrist, Starfleet Medical Headquarters, San Francisco, CA.
Assistant Chief Psychiatrist/Trauma Psychiatrist, USS Caduceus
Present: Trauma Counselor/Medical Officer, USS Sirona