Arthritis Center


Welcome to the Arthritis Center of Western Colorado, where our team specializes in rheumatologic diseases. Rheumatologists diagnose and treat diseases such as: Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Vasculitis, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Lupus, Systemic Sclerosis, Connective Tissue and Muscle Diseases, Bursitis/Tendonitis, Fibromyalgia, Gout, Osteoporosis, Neck and Low Back Pain.

Physician Information

Dr. Jessica Baer Mears

Jessica Baer Mears, DO, FACOI

Dr. Mears attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona, California. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at Michigan State University/Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan and then her Rheumatology fellowship at Michigan State University/McLaren – Greater Lansing Hospital, in Lansing, Michigan.

Dr. Mears is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. She has particular interests in ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. She was named one of Who’s Who Top Doctors in 2015.

Although she is originally from California, Dr. Mears’ family ties brought her to the Grand Valley. She enjoys spending time with her husband, their daughter and two Yorkshire Terriers.


Richard A. Cappiello, MD, FACR

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. Eva Cappiello

Eva Cappiello, ARNP-BC

As a Board Certified Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, Eva 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.


Infusion Center

Our team is dedicated to providing the most advanced infusion and injectable therapies to patients of the Grand Valley that suffer from autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. Currently, targeted treatment requires medications that frequently are administered by intravenous or subcutaneous injection. If an infusible or injectable treatment is determined to be necessary, our infusion center offers the critical components of patient safety, comfort and care. A comprehensive patient evaluation to include laboratory testing, will be completed prior to the first infusion.


Arthritis Center of Western Colorado

576 Kokopelli Blvd, Suite D

Fruita, CO 81521 map-icon_brown


fax: 970-858-5036