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 embraces a “Residents First” mentality and takes pride in the services we provide.
Tracy Strand, LPN
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. Throughout her career, she has demostrated the ability to take on increasing responsibilities and maintain a long tenure in her positions, including 19 years for one company in many different nursing roles. Tracy was the Health Services Director for 90 residents at Blue Harbor (formerly Desert Flower) for 15 years prior to coming on board at Vista Living. Tracy’s leadership skills are vital in managing our top notch care teams to provide impeccable service to each of our residents. Her love of laughter and pure fun are infused into the daily lives of our residents and staff at Vista Living.
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 make a difference in the world. As a former investment banker and fund manager, Brett is skilled in good stewardship. In his career, Brett has been responsible for gathering together 100’s of people to collaberate and brainstorm ideas and then bring them to fruition. He founded and piloted a real estate fund focused on single family homes for several years before making the switch to communal senior housing in the residential setting. Brett has brought his dedication, work ethic, knowledge, vision and experience to Vista Living. His passion for creating exceptional homes with open floor plans that bring people together in a fun, social and connected community has been pivitol in setting the tempo for Vista Living. Brett’s natural curiosity and hands-on attitude is vital in supporting the team and building a top-notch senior care community. We love his attention to detail, willingness to roll-up his sleeves, and great vision for Vista Living.
President, Co-Founder & Owner
Kyle co-leads quality control for Vista Living. He brings nearly 10 years of senior care experience to the helm. Kyle is a CPA and self-proclaimed “numbers guy” who realized in his early 20’s that he loved working with seniors after his dad suffered a stroke and developed dementia. Kyle was the primary caregiver for his father and his experience caused him to change directions and seek out opportunities in senior living. Soon, he landed at AgeSong, a leading edge assisted living company where Kyle worked in both finance and operations. He even moved his dad into the community – a full-circle life experience for him. Kyle dreamed of starting a senior care company based on his personal and professional experiences. He wanted to offer happiness as a standard to seniors in need of care and his dream came true when Vista Living opened it’s doors. Kyle has endless energy. He has worked at leading companies such as Deloitte, Prudential, and Greystar investing in $10 billion projects and served as a Board Member of Kimochi, a not-for-profit senior center in Hawaii. We love his story and his experience, attention to detail, and passion for creating fun environments for seniors. Kyle spends most of his free time adventuring with his young children and incorporating a love for elders in their hearts.
Cami brings 30 years of dedicated senior care experience to her role as Business Development Director for Vista Living. Cami started her career in healthcare recruiting and hospital staffing and soon transitioned to leadership roles in senior living, skilled nursing and rehab, home health, post-acute physician practice management and assisted living placement. Cami has mentored teams of clinicians, administrative, sales and marketing staff to reach their goals with the philosophy that sales and quality service are about discovering and meeting the needs of people who are seeking a solution for their situation. Prior to joining Vista Living, Cami was the executive director of an assisted living placement agency that specialized in placing clients with advancing neurologic conditions. When Cami first toured Vista Living, she fell in love with the upbeat tempo in our homes, our mission and of course, our amazing residents. Cami’s passion for seniors and her understanding of the nuances involved when placing a loved one in assisted living are vital in helping families consider all aspects in their decision making process when they visit Vista Living.
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 deliver 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 and Vista Living was born. The sense of truly discovering and nurturing the needs and lifestyle desires of our residents is at the core of all we do at Vista Living. I feel very fortunate to have joined forces with our entire Vista Living team. They all have 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 place, and most importantly what 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
5529 E. Calle Tuberia
Phoenix, AZ 85018
5529 E. Calle Tuberia
Phoenix, AZ 85018
5528 E. Calle Tuberia
Phoenix, AZ 85018
5528 E. Calle Tuberia
Phoenix, AZ 85018