Doctor joins arthritis center

Dr. Elizabeth Rook

Dr. Elizabeth Rook has joined the Arthritis Center of Western Colorado in Fruita and treats new patients who suffer from arthritis and specific autoimmune diseases.

Rook joins Dr. Richard Cappiello and Dr. Jessica Mears at the center, which evaluates and treats more than 100 types of arthritis and related illnesses. The center also offers infusion and injection therapy.

“The arrival of Dr. Rook couldn’t come at a more critical time, as there is a severe shortage of rheumatologists on the Western Slope,” said Dr. Korrey Klein, president and chief executive officer of Family Health West in Fruita. “We had a six-month wait list and because of Dr. Rook, a patient can now be seen within days.”

Rook holds a doctorate in osteopathic medicine and master’s degree in public health from the Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Florida. She holds board certifications in internal medicine and rheumatology after completing training at the Loma Linda University Medical Center in California. She also holds a master’s degree in biomedical ethics form Case Western Reserve University. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont.

Family Health West operates the Colorado Canyons Hospital and Medical Center in Fruita and also offers a range of health care services and assisted and secure assisted living. For more information, visit