About Us

What Makes Us Tick? 

“Have compassion as well as ambition and you’ll go far in life” – Fortune Cookie

We see ourselves one day needing the services that we are providing.  We’ve seen the inevitable, with our grandparents and parents, and in our decades of professional experience in senior care.  We fondly remember the residents who touched our lives; shared with us what really to value in life; and reminded us that what we are doing is not only a business but a mission.

We’ve been through your journey.  Getting phone calls in the middle of the night is usually never good.  Missing work to perform your duty as a family caregiver can put you in a place of stress and sometimes uncertainty.  What is certain is that we are here as a resource.  The senior living industry has evolved and will continue to evolve.  We believe the “cottage” model of caring for seniors in a home-like setting is the leading trend.  From a cost/value approach, it is the best application of resources – real estate, staffing, design functionality, and locations – to help get you what you need, a place that gives you peace of mind that everything will be okay.

What makes us unique is that we developed the Happy Elder Plan (HELP) framework to reflect best practices that can be applied within our assisted living communities and outside into the greater community.  We want to be a community resource, first, and then second as a business providing senior care services.  Not everyone is going to be able to afford years of senior care services.  Many of you are unpaid, selfless caregivers and need a “village” to help “buy time” until the day 24/7 assisted living in needed.  We’ve been there and want to help you every step of the way.    

Our Management Team

Every team member espouses a “Residents First” mentality and takes pride in the services we provide.

Tracy Strand

Executive Director

Tracy has over three decades of experience working in senior living. She started as a CNA at a skilled nursing facility at the age of 17 and then went back to school to earn her Licensed Practical Nurse license. Tracy was born and raised in Wisconsin, and moved to Arizona when her company relocated her here. She has demonstrated in her career the ability to take on increasing responsibilities and maintain a long tenure at her previous positions, including 19 years for the same company in many different nursing roles. With the experience and knowledge she gained while working within the skilled nursing facility, Tracy was offered and accepted a position in 2001 as the Health Services Director at Blue Harbor (formerly Desert Flower). She maintained that role for 15 years and was responsible for the direct oversight and care for over 90 residents. Tracy then became the Health Care Manager for two 10 bed group homes in Paradise Valley and Phoenix and had two deficiency-free surveys. Tracy has a passion to enhance the lives of our elderly. She feels laughter is still the best medicine and likes to have fun. In addition to laughter, she also feels that maintaining our resident’s independence and dignity is vital in enhancing quality of life. Tracy has a son who lives in Chicago, recently married his college sweetheart and is working on his Master’s degree. She also has two daughters still at home, one who loves soccer and the other track. Tracy’s hobbies include gardening and photography. has over three decades of experience working in senior living. She started as a CNA at a skilled nursing facility at the age of 17 and then went back to school to earn her Licensed Practical Nurse license. Tracy was born and raised in Wisconsin, and moved to Arizona when her company relocated her here. She has demonstrated in her career the ability to take on increasing responsibilities and maintain a long tenure at her previous positions, including 19 years for the same company in many different nursing roles. With the experience and knowledge she gained while working within the skilled nursing facility, Tracy was offered and accepted a position in 2001 as the Health Services Director at Blue Harbor (formerly Desert Flower). She maintained that role for 15 years and was responsible for the direct oversight and care for over 90 residents. Tracy then became the Health Care Manager for two 10 bed group homes in Paradise Valley and Phoenix and had two deficiency-free surveys.

Tracy has a passion to enhance the lives of our elderly. She feels laughter is still the best medicine and likes to have fun. In addition to laughter, she also feels that maintaining our resident’s independence and dignity is vital in enhancing quality of life. Tracy has a son who lives in Chicago, recently married his college sweetheart and is working on his Master’s degree. She also has two daughters still at home, one who loves soccer and the other track. Tracy’s hobbies include gardening and photography.

Brett Weisel

CEO, Co-Founder & Owner

Brett co-leads quality control for Vista Living, and has over 25 years of business experience building teams and investing in companies that have lasting impact as a former investment banker and fund manager. Brett worked 16 years for two different investment banks where he would wake up at 3am and get into the office before 4am, as a Managing Director and later a Founding Partner. He was responsible for bringing together 100’s of people in meetings so they could share their ideas and insights. He then founded and ran a real estate fund focused on single family homes for seven years. Brett has brought this dedication, work ethic, knowledge, vision and experience to Vista Living. He has a passion for creating exceptional properties that have open floor plans that bring people together in a fun, social and connected community. Brett brings his natural curiosity and hands-on attitude to support the team and build a company that provides high-quality senior care.

We love his attention to detail, willingness to roll-up his sleeves, and great vision for building living environments.

Kyle Oura

President, Co-Founder & Owner

Kyle co-leads quality control for Vista Living, and has nearly 10 years of senior care experience. Kyle is a CPA and self-proclaimed numbers guy who realized in his early 20’s that he loved working with the elderly after his dad had a stroke and developed dementia. He then decided to work at AgeSong, a leading edge assisted living company in both finance and operations, and later moved his dad into his community – a full-circle life experience. Kyle has always dreamed of starting a senior care company based on his personal and professional experiences. He has worked at leading companies such as Deloitte, Prudential, and Greystar investing around $10 billion and served as a Board Member of Kimochi, a not-for- profit senior center.

We love his experience for caring for the elderly, attention to detail, and passion for creating fun environments for seniors. Kyle spends most of his free time creating experiences for his young children.

Founder’s Story

Dad’s “Senior Prom” Party 7/13/2013

I used to get this “old man” feeling knowing that things will never stay the same. That one day, I would miss very much what I have today. I reminded myself of that when my dad went deeper and deeper into dementia. I had this fleeting opportunity to show him my gratitude and fulfill part of my life’s obligation to make sure he is comfortable and around people who like him. As I continued to work in the senior living industry, people would still remind me about his smile. When I see pictures of my dad, I’m reminded of his friends in the senior home and the workers with big hearts who looked after them. I hope we can continue this magic with Vista Living and make every moment count.

Kyle Oura, Co-Founder, Vista Living

My introduction to senior living came when my 96 year old Grandmother “Grammy” (hope I get her genes) moved into a large senior living community across the country from her many family members and friends. The move ended up being a poor decision and experience for her. The community advertised a Four Seasons experience and did not delivery anything even close to this promise. The senior living community ended up being too sterile and impersonal. The culture was bureaucratic and authoritative. The staff had little or no time for individual needs and took away what she enjoyed without any explanation. We felt like our concerns for her were being ignored. Our Grammy would have had a much better experience in a more personalized and friendly environment that would have given her much more peace, joy and love through her last days. This experience really stuck with me.

After Grammy passed, I began learning more and more about assisted living until deciding to pivot my career towards creating better living environments for seniors. I used my background investing in housing and creating teams to help launch Vista Living with some of the very best professionals in senior living. Fortunately, I found that in Kyle, Gabriela and Linda. I feel very fortunately to have teamed up with people with such big hearts, engaging personalities, decades of experience, knowledge, motivation and passion for providing great care.

Before we opened Vista Living in Phoenix, Kyle and I spent two years researching the best partners, services, locations and assisted living design. The research included visiting over 50 assisted living communities in three different states. We took notes on what worked and what did not in each home, and most importantly what did the manager and care givers do to create the right care environment. We also built relationships with dozens of leading senior living experts for every aspect – care, services, architecture/design, etc. Every single detail of the community and the business were carefully planned, designed and implemented with compassion. I feel privileged to offer a better model for senior living.

Brett Weisel, Co-Founder, Vista Living


Arcadia

Address: 
5529 E. Calle Tuberia
Phoenix, AZ 85018
Phone: 602-456-1919
Email: info@vistaliving.net

  

Arcadia

Address: 
5529 E. Calle Tuberia
Phoenix, AZ 85018
Phone: 602-456-1919
Email: info@vistaliving.net

 

Camelback

Address: 
5528 E. Calle Tuberia
Phoenix, AZ 85018
Phone: 602-456-1919
Email: info@vistaliving.net


Camelback

Address: 
5528 E. Calle Tuberia
Phoenix, AZ 85018
Phone: 602-456-1919
Email: info@vistaliving.net