Dr. Patricia Bogema
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Dr. Patricia Bogema graduated from Loma Linda University Medical Center specializing in Internal Medicine and has Fellowship training in Anti-Aging and Metabolic Medicine. She is hailed for her expertise in hormone replacement for men and women, weight loss without the use of harmful drugs, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, thyroid disorders, “leaky gut”, and adrenal dysfunction. Her goal is to help reverse disease, especially those related to life style and aging rather than just prescribing more and more medications. She does this by listening to her patients, taking a detailed medical history, comprehensive testing, and then personalizing treatment to optimize results, She integrates traditional medicine with customized programs that includes compounded Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement, clinically proven nutraceuticals, a life style education program that uses food as medicine, and even IV nutrition such as Myers’ Cocktail and IV glutathione. Dr. Bogema and her competent and caring staff at ReVitalize Health & Wellness Center are available to provide the effective and personalized care that goes beyond the status quo. If you are interested in customized medical care, call for a consultation.
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Patricia Bogema was never supposed to be a doctor.
At least, that’s what she heard from the time she enrolled in Norco College at age 38 until she graduated from Loma Linda University as a physician.
Through hard work, determination and the “grace of God,” Bogema succeeded. Today, she has her own private practice in Corona and a three-month waiting list for new patients.
“Sometimes when I hear someone say, ‘Dr. Bogema,’ I’m amazed and humbled that they are speaking to me,” she said. “I’m still very appreciative because I’m one of those people who got to live their dream.”
Bogema, 60, grew up in Long Beach. As a teenager, Bogema became interested in medicine after reading books by pioneering nutritionist Adele Davis, who championed vitamin supplements and demonized hydrogenated fats and sugar long before the mainstream medical community.
Bogema worked at a doctor’s office after high school, furthering her passion for medicine. When she and her family moved to Norco in the 1970s, Norco College was nothing but a dirt field and a dream.
“I remember when the campus was finally finished, I would drive by with my own dream, wanting to be there,” Bogema said.
When her youngest child was in sixth grade, Bogema enrolled in her first college course, English 1A.
“I remember I was so scared that I was going to fail. I remember standing in front of the classroom door with my hand on the knob and thinking everyone was going to ask why I was there,” Bogema recalled. “It was really a struggle for me to take that first class. I didn’t even know what a credit or a syllabus was.”
“Finally, when I said I wanted to be a doctor, most of my advisors said it was unlikely I’d be accepted into medical school at my age,” Bogema said. “I heard the negative a lot in the academic setting and in my personal life.”
Bogema started with basic math and went all the way through calculus, graduating from Norco College with a math degree. At graduation, she won Student of the Year in Math and Science, an award given to one male and one female student every year.
Norco College mathematics professor Bob Prior fondly recalled Bogema.
“She is the example I have used during the years to let students know that it is not where they start out, but where they are truly determined to go that makes the difference,” Prior said.
Bogema then transferred to Cal State San Bernardino where she majored in biology while working part-time in the Norco College admissions office. She volunteered every Friday at the Loma Linda University Medical Center Emergency Room from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., helping nurses, doctors and patients.
That experience and Loma Linda’s status as a faith-based university with emphasis on health and wellness convinced her that she wanted to serve her residency there.
Bogema graduated from Cal State in 1998, the same year her youngest child, Alicia, graduated from high school. She had decided to become an osteopathic physician, which takes a more holistic approach to medicine than a traditional medical doctor, even though they undergo largely the same degree of training.
“That’s really what my focus was and is because osteopaths want to help the body heal itself not just treat symptoms,” Bogema said.