Robin Lefler's parents were plasma specialists, who were, at one time, the only plasma specialists in the sector they were assigned to. As a result, the Leflers did a lot of traveling from starbase to starbase.
In 2368, Robin described, to Wesley Crusher the difficulties she had growing up because of her parents' profession, stating that "I felt like a piece of luggage after a while. I spent all of my time around technical equipment. My first friend was a tricorder." She later added, "my parents' work came first. They didn't really have time for me. Even when I needed them."