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

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

Doctors and Staff

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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.

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.


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!



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 3 horses, 1 cat, 2 dogs, chickens, and ducks.


Stacey - Veterinary Assistant

My name is Stacey Gil, I am a veterinary assistant, and I started with Kokopelli Animal Hospital in March 2014. I have 2 dogs, Tinkerbell & Whishkey, and 2 cats, Nightmare & Montana. My passion has always been helping animals, but I also enjoy spending time outdoors with my husband.

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. 

Debbie, CVT & CHPT- Client Care Services

My name is Debbie.  I am a Cerified Veterinary Technician and a Certified Animal Hospice and Palliative Care Technician.   I have 3 dogs (Maggie, Iris, and Booker) and 3 cats (Mystic, Lydia, and Lady G), and I have a special place in my hear for senior and special needs animals.  I moved to Colorado in 2017 and love my job here at Kokopelli Animal hospital. 

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. 

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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