Yakov, or Yasha to anyone who is actually on a first name basis with him, has been a nurse for 20 years, although only the last 8 of them have been with the fleet. Before joining the fleet, he received a Doctorate of Practical Nursing from the Oregon Health Sciences University of Earth, while also serving as a residential ward nurse at St. Jude Children's Hospital. He later spent three years in "private practice" in a remote Siberian village. Since joining the fleet, he has served as the head of general nursing on Starbase 156, and the Head Nurse for the USS Valiant and USS Scorpio. He has been called upon by Captain Alice Griffin to assume the role of Chief Medical Officer to bring stability and normalcy to the department.