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About fictional character, Dr. Naomi Alexander:
The doctor is in.
Or maybe she’s out. With Naomi, sometimes it’s really hard to tell.
Meet psychiatrist, Naomi Alexander. She’s five feet three, carries a gun, and has a no-nonsense approach to all things other than her personal life. Naomi continues to mourn her murdered husband, and shares a shameful secret with her daughter, Leslie. If you’ve read Like Sweet Buttermilk, you know what that secret is. If you haven’t, well, click here to be in the know…
Naomi E. Matthews was born in Sioux City, Iowa on September 17th. When Naomi was three, her parents moved the family to Baltimore, Maryland, where her father accepted a new position at a newly built public school. When Naomi was seventeen, her younger brother, Calvin, was killed in a car accident.
Naomi lived in Baltimore throughout her college years, receiving her medical degree from The John Hopkins University. She relocated to the DC area during her internship at The George Washington University where she met her husband-to-be, Tyson D. Alexander.
Naomi and Tyson were married on May 18th. She and Tyson moved to the Maryland suburbs when Naomi was pregnant with their first child, a son, Jassiel. When Jassiel was three, Naomi and Tyson had a second child, a daughter, Leslie.
Jassiel Tyson Alexander succumbed to leukemia at age eleven. Seven years later, on a hot Tuesday in August, Tyson was shot to death while leaving a Dunkin’ Donuts shop. Naomi sold and moved from the family home (with Leslie) shortly thereafter.
Naomi currently lives in a refurbished brownstone with Leslie in Northwest DC, not far from the Carter Barron Amphitheatre.
Since her college days, Naomi has possessed the uncanny ability to “see” backstories and outcomes. She dismisses any and all paranormal notions of her occasionally being able to see the past/future, although a high percentage of her flashes-of-truths have been accurate.
Naomi equates the feeling she gets when she experiences a "flash," as unusually strong or intense intuition that, for a moment, sometimes includes with it only the briefest and murkiest visual accompaniment.
Where It All Happens
Therapy. Venting and exploring the what's and why's of life's problems. Naomi’s yellow counsel chair is front and center, giving her perfect perch for the craziness.
Here's how her office is laid out...
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In Broken Benevolence, Dr. Alexander provides trauma counseling to crime victim, Cecily Brooks. Attacked during a home invasion, Cecily has more than her personal mental stresses to overcome.