Dr. Vicki Sears receives longevity citation

The Island Now

The Regency’s Dr. Vicki Sears recently received a longevity citation from the American Psychiatric Association.

Sears, a clinical psychologist, began her medical career in Europe. After moving back to the U.S. with her family, she was instrumental in opening the first outpatient psychiatric facilities at Mercy Hospital and North Shore Hospital in Manhasset.

Eventually, she started her own private practice. She worked for many years until her retirement.
Reflecting on her esteemed career, Sears shared “I have enjoyed my life immensely, my personal ups and downs, has only made be a better psychiatrist for my patients.”

When asked what was one of the misconceptions of her field, she said it was never her job to fix her patient’s problems. Her job was to listen and encourage.
Sears celebrates 60 years as a continuing member of the APA. The American Psychiatric Association is the main professional organization of psychiatrists in the United States, and the largest psychiatric organization in the world.
“Three years ago, I moved to The Regency from Great Neck and it was the best choice for me,” she said. “I have been able to crochet and relax. What more can a woman want at my age? The Regency staff has been loving and kind to me and that has been such a great gift.”
Beth Evans, administrator of The Regency stated, “We are so proud of our resident, Vicki who enjoys her senior life at The Regency! She has an esteemed history in the medical field. Congratulations on your prestigious award.”

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