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Family Health West and Arthritis Center of Western Colorado welcome Dr. Richard Cappiello and Eva Cappiello, ARNP-BC

Dr. Richard Cappiello

Dr. Richard Cappiello

Dr. Cappiello, originally from Pennsylvania, began his undergraduate studies at the University of Miami. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Delaware and attended medical school at St. George’s University School of Medicine. He then completed his Rheumatology fellowship at the University of South Florida. His unique achievements include receiving “Florida’s Super-Doc/ Top Doctor” designation several times since 2008.

Prior to moving to the Grand Valley, Dr. Cappiello was in private practice in South Florida. He has particular interests in osteoporosis and inflammatory illnesses.

Dr. Cappiello’s mission is his commitment to provide individualized, comprehensive and compassionate care to all patients. He is eager to serve the Grand Valley community for their musculoskeletal needs.

Dr. Eva Cappiello

Eva Cappiello, ARNP-BC

Eva is a Board Certified Gerontological Nurse Practitioner. She earned her undergraduate RN degree at the University of South Florida and her ARNP degree at Florida Atlantic University.

In addition to Eva’s extensive nursing experience, her knowledge of biologic infusion and administration brings another professional level of patient care to the Grand Valley. Recently relocating to Colorado, she looks forward to expanding the role of infusion therapy to better care for patients of the Arthritis Center of Western Colorado.

Dr. Peter Scheffel and Family Health West open Monument Orthopedics and Sports Trauma in Fruita

PeterT. Scheffel, MD

PeterT. Scheffel, MD

Dr. Peter T. Scheffel is delighted to open his practice, Monument Orthopedics and Sports Trauma, in Fruita – another service provided by Family Health West.  Dr. Scheffel is a shoulder, knee and hip arthroscopy specialist. He provides treatment / surgery for adult and pediatric patients who suffer from fractures, sports injuries, acute and degenerative injuries, or other orthopedic conditions.

A graduate of the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Dr. Scheffel is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon. He completed his internship and residency in the General Surgery and Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Departments of the University of Washington. He also completed an additional fellowship in the subspecialty of sports medicine at the University of Utah Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine.

In addition to his passion of aiding high school students with their sports preventative and injury care, Dr. Scheffel’s life is fulfilled with the love of his wife and their two children. He enjoys living in the Grand Valley with the many athletic activities possible – especially mountain biking Colorado’s biking paradise.

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Colorado Canyons Hospital and Medical Center provides exceptional emergency care when minutes count.



Because time is critical in an emergency situation, our mission is to get you in sooner and take care of you faster. With experienced physicians and trauma-trained nurses available 24/7, we provide the expertise you need when you need it the most. Our on-site radiology department and laboratory services mean fewer delays, and our unique culture of caring offers a personal touch you’ll find nowhere else.

Whether you slip on the ice, fall off your bike, or lose an argument with your horse, the emergency care you need is just moments away at Colorado Canyons Hospital & Medical Center.

We are here—24 hours every day—to take care of all of you.

Film Explores End-of-Life Care Free Screening of “Being Mortal”

Family Health West, Fruita Community Center and Hope West are holding a free, community screening of the documentary “Being Mortal” Saturday, November 19, from 10am-Noon. The screening will be held at the Fruita Community Center, 324 N Coulson St., Fruita, CO. After the screening, audience members can participate in a guided conversation on how to take concrete steps to identify and communicate wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences.

“Being Mortal” delves into the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness. The film investigates the practice of caring for the dying and explores the relationships between patients and their doctors. It follows a surgeon, Dr. Atul Gawande, as he shares stories from the people and families he encounters. When Dr. Gawande’s own father gets cancer, his search for answers about how best to care for the dying becomes a personal quest. The film sheds light on how a medical system focused on a cure often leaves out the sensitive conversations that need to happen so a patient’s true wishes can be known and honored at the end.

The free screening is made possible by a grant from The John and Wauna Harman Foundation in partnership with the Hospice Foundation of America.

For more information please contact Tina Felt at (970) 858-2112.

SI Joint Fusions Performed by Renowned Neurosurgeon in Western Colorado

Larry Tice, MD, FAANS, FACS, has a job that’s a pain in the neck—and the back, arms, and legs—but he loves it. As a neurosurgeon, his job often is to alleviate pain that derives from conditions of the spinal column. He’s been doing just that for 37 years in the Grand Valley, earning the respect of patients that he’s helped and of other neurosurgeons he’s collaborated with during that time.

Dr. Tice is also the only physician in Western Colorado that performs minimally invasive Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Fusions, a procedure that mitigates pain in patients suffering from SI disorders, including SI joint disruptions and degenerative sacroiliitis.

The SI joint connects the last segment of the spine, the sacrum, to the pelvis. The integrity of the SI joint depends on strong ligaments that cover, compress and stabilize the joint. With compromised ligaments, due to either injury or age, patients experience pain in the lower back, buttock and legs. This can present as sciatica-like symptoms (leg pain, burning, numbness, and tingling) that mimic lumbar disc or radicular low back pain, pain that radiates down into the legs.

“I can’t thank Dr. Tice enough for his excellent care,” says a recent SI joint fusion patient of his. “He doesn’t take enough credit for his life-changing medical intervention.”

This patient suffered an accident in 2006, had back surgery, and then had been using a walker or cane to get around but was in constant pain. When she experienced excruciating pain this past September, she went to the Colorado Canyons Hospital & Medical Center (CCHMC) emergency room for help and was directed to Dr. Tice and his practice, Atlas Arch Neurosurgery.

“I was in tears when I called him,” she recalls. She was quickly scheduled to see him. “He listened to me without interruption and was so understanding.”

“Today, I’m 90% better from what I felt back in September 2015,” said the patient. “I can climb stairs, drive my car, and go for a walk. The pain is almost completely gone.”

Dr. Tice won’t accept full credit for her recovery, though. When the patient praises him, he admits that, “No, it wasn’t all me.”

Dr. Tice started his private practice, Atlas Arch Neurosurgery, in Fruita in 2010, working in conjunction with Family Health West’s Outpatient Procedure Center. Since then, he’s been instrumental in the success of Family Health West’s CCHMC.

“The expertise and cooperative efforts of the Family Health West Administration were very encouraging,” said Dr. Tice. “It was an optimal timing to continue practicing here in Fruita.”

Currently, he serves as the Director of Medical Affairs at CCHMC, often acting as an intermediary with clinical staff and physicians. In this role, he helps develop policies and procedures to maximize patient results, and assists with physician recruitment.

He cares for patients from Western Colorado and Eastern Utah, and offers consultations; treatment for neck, back, arm, and leg pain; as well as spinal surgery options.

Dr. Tice attended medical school in Oregon and completed his internship and residency in Rochester, NY at Strong Memorial Hospital, affiliated with the University of Rochester. He then performed general surgery in Denver at the University of Colorado. While studying under Dr. Gary VanderArk at Denver General Hospital, he decided to specialize in neurosurgery. After a four-year neurosurgeon residency back at the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center, he spent 10 months in San Francisco completing a microvascular fellowship.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Tice in Fruita, please call his practice at 970-858-2580.


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