Christine Bogardus, DO, joined the medical team at Prowers Medical Center, bringing strong surgical skills and a good sense of humor. She started seeing patients on April 30 and is performing general surgery services, along with Dr. James Smith and Dr. Jessica Swanson.
Dr. Bogardus wanted to be a doctor since she was a child, despite the fact that there were no doctors in her family to follow their footsteps. She completed her medical training at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine and her residency at HackensackUMC Palisades in New Jersey. She attended Colorado School of Mines as an undergraduate. Dr. Bogardus is a member of the American College of Surgeons, The American College of Osteopathic Surgeons and the American Osteopathic Association.
“Shortly after wanting to be a truck driver and a lion tamer, I decided on surgery. Most of my life I wanted to be a doctor—and it’s cleaner than being a plumber,” she joked.
Her training is no joke. As a resident, Dr. Bogardus served as the Chief Academic Resident and supervised junior residents and medical students. In medical school, she made the Dean’s List. She attended the School of Mines on a swimming scholarship, and was an Academic All American in Swimming. A highlight in medical school was spending a summer in Africa.
“I want to serve and contribute wherever I can, so I spent some time in Tanzania, working at a small hospital. It was an eye opening experience,” she added.
Dr. Bogardus is a Colorado native, so she was pleased to return to Colorado and practice rural medicine in her home state, having grown up in Colorado Springs and Castle Rock. She chose osteopathic medicine because she wanted the chance to treat the whole person.
“Lamar is a great little community. It’s so nice to really get to know the nurses and referring physicians, not just as names, but as actual people. It means a lot to me to spend time with my patients and really get to know them,” she said.
Dr. Bogardus enjoys rural over urban medicine. Her hope is to perform osteopathic manipulative treatments on patients in the future as an adjunct to surgery.
“Osteopathic manipulative treatments can be used to open up the lungs before surgery if a patient has low breathing, or after surgery for swelling in an extremity,” she said.
She has a special interest in laparoscopic procedures, that allow surgeons to make smaller cuts that result in less bleeding, less pain and a shorter recovery time.
“The equipment and OR set up here at Prowers Medical Center is just as up to date as the bigger hospital I worked at in New Jersey,” she added.
Dr. Bogardus came to Lamar with her husband and her 18 month old son. She and her husband enjoy scuba diving and have been lucky enough to dive all over the world, including Israel and Belize. They also enjoy Big Band swing dancing, hiking, grilling on the back porch, and enjoying their son and new puppy.
She’s really excited to be in Lamar, and she is grateful that everyone has been so welcoming. She looks forward to meeting more people in the coming days and weeks. If you are at the Clinic, pop in and say hello!
To learn more about surgery services at Prowers Medical Center, call (719) 336-7005 or visit prowersmedical.com.