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

Amanda - Hospital 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 hospital manager. I have enjoyed each milestone and look forward to many more!

 

Candi

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

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.

Mary

Mary - Client Care Services

Hi, my name is Mary. I started working for Kokopelli Animal Hospital in August of 2011, after moving to Fruita from Nashville, TN. I've always loved being around all animals and love being able to help them. My family consists of myself, my Great Dane Chewy, and my cat Henry. I can usually be found enjoying the town of Fruita and the outdoors by mountain biking, hiking, and paddle boarding.

Britnei

Britnei- Veterinary Assistant

Hi, my name is Britnei. I originally started working at Kokopelli Animal Hospital in 2014 and recently returned while I'm going to school to become a certified veterinary technician. I have always loved animals and have grown up around them. I couldn't be happier to be working here helping to care for your animals.

Tabatha- Client Care Services

Hi, my name is Tabatha.  I started working for Kokopelli Animal Hospital in February 2017.  I call Grand Junction home now but moved frequently as a child/ teenager with my Navy family which has allowed me to call places like Maine, Guam and Texas home.  I have always wanted to work with animals and have jokingly called myself a ‘crazy cat lady’ since I was very young.   I have 2 Dachshunds, Amaya and Ginger and 3 cats Dixon, Sophie and Panda.  I have a special place in my heart for black cats and dogs.  My free time is usually spent with my family, writing or planning out new cat houses, cat runs and scratching posts; we currently have a life size ‘TARDIS’ and a rope bridge run for my house panthers.

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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 7:30AM-5:30PM
Saturday 8:00AM - 12:00PM

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

970-255-1911

1660 North Ave. • Grand Junction, CO 81501