Baer Bechtel, DVM  |  Carmen Lastine, DVM  |  Paul Grych, DVM

456 Kokopelli Blvd., Unit E  |  Fruita, CO  |  970.858.4299

Baer Bechtel

Baer Bechtel, DVM

Grew up in Grand Junction and attended both Fruita Junior High and Fruita Monument High School in the 1980s. Graduated from the Colorado State University Veterinary Program in 2000. Started Kokopelli Animal Hospital in the fall of 2005.

Carmen Lastine

Carmen Song-Lastine, DVM

Dr. Lastine joined the our hospital in spring of 2009.  She grew up in the Four Corner's region and graduated from Colorado State University in 1997. Dr. Lastine has experience ranging from large animal ambulatory practice in rural Wyoming to a 24 hour small animal emergency hospital in Oklahoma City. She keeps busy with her five active children and their menagerie of animals. She loves to hike, bicycle, ski and trail ride any chance she gets and feels fortunate to live here.


Amanda - Practice Manager, Veterinary Technician

Hi, my name is Amanda. This is Larry (Golden Retriever) and Skye (American Bulldog). I started working for Kokopelli Animal Hospital in October 2010. Since starting as a receptionist, I have worked my way up to being a veterinary technician and now the Practice manager. I have enjoyed each milestone and look forward to many more!



Stacey~ Veterinary Technician 

Hi, my name is Stacey and I have been bringing my animals to Kokopelli since moving to the valley in 2005, and I happily became an employee in 2014. I absolutely love my co-workers, the patients and their families. I have always had a passion for helping animals and their humans. On my days off I love to spoil my fur babies Victor, Frankie and Montana.


Sam~ Veterinary Assistant

Hi my name is Sam. I started working here @ Kokopelli in July of 2019. I have 2 dogs and 2 horses and I love caring for animals. I also compete in local rodeos and co-ordinate the Fruita Rimrock Rodeo Royalty Team in my free time. 

Cheyenne ~ Veterinary Assistant 

My name is Cheyenne, myself and my two dogs, Sarah and Gunner, moved to Colorado in April 2020. I am currently going to school to become a Certified Veterinary Technician and will graduate with my degree in April 2022. I could not have asked for a better place or better people to help me achieve my goals and further my education and experience in the veterinary field! 

Becky~ Client Care Services

Hi, my name is Becky.  I have been with Kokopelli Animal Hospital since August 2018. I have 2 dogs, a Long Haired Dachshund named Auggie and an Italian Greyhound named Lilly.  I have been passionate about animals my whole life and feel blessed to have the opportunity to work in such a great profession. 

Paul Grych

Paul Grych, DVM

Dr. Grych grew up in southeastern Utah and western Colorado. After graduating from Fruita Monument High School he served as an Animal Care Specialist in the United States Army for four years. He obtained his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 1989 and moved to Redding, California where he met his wife Andrea. On the way back to western Colorado, Paul and Andrea lived in Phoenix, Arizona for four years. In 2003 they moved back to western Colorado to help raise top quality grass hay on the family’s farm. Paul enjoys small animal veterinary practice and has a special interest in ultrasound.


Candi - Certified Veterinary Technician

My name is Candi Armstrong, I graduated from Colorado Mountain College (Glenwood Springs, CO) Veterinary Technician program in the spring of 2007 and started at Kokopelli Animal Hospital in May of the same year as a Certified Veterinary Technician. It was the best decision I have ever made! I have 2 horses, 1 cat,  & 2 dogs. 

Rayleigh ~Veterinary Technician 

My name is Rayleigh Norton. I started working with Kokopelli in January of 2019 and found my passion for working in this field in 2015. I have 3 wonderful dogs and a rabbit.  I love spending my free time in the mountains around our beautiful home. 


Tereza ~ Veterinary Assistant

My name is Tereza and I  have been bringing my pets to Kokopelli since moving to the Valley in 2007. I have worked with  animals on and off for most of my life and enjoyed being a dog groomer, wrangler, working with sledding dogs and boarding horses. Becoming a veterinary assistant at my favorite animal hospital in March 2020 is a dream come true! Pictured here is my beloved dog Niko. Rest of the pack, Jake and Cedar, too busy to pose chasing ground squirrels.

Kat~ Veterinary Assistant 

Hi there I’m Kat! I moved here in June of 2020 and joined Kokopelli in August of 2020. I have two wonderful pups, Aloy and Tala. I am so grateful to have found a clinic that allows me to grow my knowledge and skills in the veterinary field. In the past I have enjoyed working in rescue, grooming, and training. In my free time I enjoy exploring new places.

Kristina ~Client Care Services

Hi, I am Kristina and I started working at Kokopelli in December of 2020. I have 2 kids and a Finace whom I enjoy four-wheeling, camping, and riding horses with.  I absolutely love  being outdoors with my family. I also love taking care of animals and I'm so glad I got the chance to work with these amazing Co-Worker. We are like family! 

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Contact us

Baer Bechtel, DVM
Carmen Lastine, DVM
Paul Grych, DVM

456 Kokopelli Blvd., Unit E
Fruita, CO 81521
(970) 858-4299
(970) 858-3357 Fax

Office Hours:

Monday-Friday 8:00AM-5:30PM
Saturday 8:00AM - 12:00PM

Scratchpay Friendly Payment Plans

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In case of emergency contact the
Grand Valley Veterinary Emergency Center.


1660 North Ave. • Grand Junction, CO 81501