dr. portia isaacs
Portia Isaacs didn't get off to a great start in life. When she was two, her parents left her with a babysitter for a night out and were killed in a horrific car crash. It was then that Portia was unfortunately another child among many bouncing around Seattle's foster care system, stuck with parents who more often than not weren't the most nurturing of folks. From a young age, people knew that Portia was an incredibly intelligent child whom immersed herself in her studies voluntarily - meanwhile, her peers had to be dragged by the ear to do their school work but for Portia, it was an escape from the unstable hell she lived in. If, for a second, she got remotely comfortable with a nice family; there was always a problem and it was off to the next batch of scumbags looking for the check that came along with having a foster child in their care. Portia distanced herself enough to survive. She didn't make much of a fuss for the people she was placed with, behaved generally well, and learned how to be invisible.
The last family she was placed in her teens consisted of an older woman named Jane Isaacs who actually nurtured and encouraged Portia's stellar intelligence and IQ. Jane suffered from empty nest syndrome after her children had grown into adults and her husband had passed away from cancer. Portia felt herself grow attached to a maternal figure for once in her life and accepted the encouragement and sometimes tough love that Jane had to offer. Sure, her foster mother told her she was a smart ass that needed to learn how to respect her elders but Jane soon learned that very few of Portia's past foster parents were worthy of her respect as Portia opened up to her more. Portia graduated high school at the ripe age of sixteen and went off to college, happily funded by Jane's bank account. When Jane herself passed away - not only did Jane leave her entire estate to Portia but it encouraged Portia to pursue her dream to be a doctor as a way to thank Jane and make sure her death wasn't in total vain.
Dilligent and studious, Portia never let much deter her from her goals at hand until when she was in medical school, she met the man of her dreams. Portia, the eternal skeptic, was sure that this wasn't going to last after going through men and being stuck in one undesirable relationship after another but this one was different, as much as she tried to fight it. For once in her life, she was getting the love and validation that she had been so desperate for as a child and she felt whole. The two both got accepted into internships at hospitals close enough to one another that they were able to pick out a house right smack dab in the middle of their respective hospitals. He put a ring on Portia's finger and she gladly accepted, balancing making rounds with deciding on color palettes for her wedding.
Then, the unthinkable happened.
With the wedding looming, tension between the couple had developed - enough that family and friends noticed but dismissed it as the two of them having wedding jitters about their big day. One fight between the engaged couple had been so bad that Portia had driven off in the middle of it to clear her head and spent the rest of her night aimlessly driving down back roads. In the morning, she had prepared her apology speech but instead found her fiance's lifeless body floating in the pool.
The toxicology report showed traces of anti-anxiety medication as well as alcohol in his system and the death was ruled accidental. However, Portia was without an alibi for the evening as she hated driving on main streets. The final nail in the coffin was that two weeks ago, her fiance had named Portia as the sole beneficiary to his very generous life insurance policy. As if it wasn't enough that Portia had lost the second person in her life that gave a damn, the entire town thought she had gotten away with the perfect crime. Although the police later on discovered footage of Portia sleeping in her car at a gas station around the presumed time of death - the damage was done and Portia opted to get the hell out of dodge for her fellowship after nearly two years of scrutiny. She had enough.
In 2011, Portia moved to Boston to escape the death and destruction that had been plaguing her life. Her noble cause is putting her effort into saving lives to atone for the loved ones that she has lost; almost believing herself to be "cursed". Eventually, Portia sold out and went into private practice where she could focus on holistic and alternative medicine without as much scrutiny and with people who actually appreciated her work. She tries to live a clean life style, save for the fact that she loves a good glass of wine or three and is mindful about what she puts into her body.
hand to hand combat (basics)
animated series costume
new 52 costume
memories of gotham
memories of arkham asylum
(as of 10.31.16, the veil is lifted and portia is both portia and pamela isley at all times)
grew up in seattle & lost her parents mysteriously (though portia was a toddler where as poison ivy was an adult)
genius level intellect
both had a boyfriend who died under mysterious circumstances in an accident.
both hold PhDs - although portia's is in internal medicine.
close relationship with harley quinn in the au, as well as cv. associates with other members of batman's rogues gallery too.
both are redheads
inherited a large amount of money from both her foster mother's estate as well as her fiance's insurance policy. in honor of her foster mother, she changed her name legally to portia isaacs and kept her seattle home as a get away home although portia loathes the weather there. she lives comfortably and often donates her money to charity, having integrated herself into the "who's who" of boston society.
despises the pharmaceutical industry and sees them as nothing more than a money mongering industry that profits off of ill people. prefers the holistic and alternative approach to medicine but does recognize that there are times when medication is the only option.
enjoys physical activities such as yoga, pilates, tai chi, and boxing in her free time.
went to medical school at oregon health and science university, did her internship/residency at kettering medical center, did her internal medicine fellowship at mass general
still involved in academia despite going into private practice.