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About Us

Gerald and Cyndi Jenkins, Practice Owners

Dr. Jenkins and his wife Cyndi are the owners and operators of Alta Vista. Dr. Jenkins has owned the practice since 1972 and it is his philosophy that has created what we are today. Alta Vista is the fifth practice in Central Phoenix and was once surrounded by dairy farms! Dr. Jenkins along side of his wife Cyndi work very hard to provide an hospital that has the resources, training and compassion to provide the best care for your pets. When Dr. Jenkins and Cyndi are not at the practice they are relaxing in Payson, fly fishing or traveling. You may also see their two children Miranda up front and Forrest as a Veterinarian.



Paige Peterson, DVM

Dr. Peterson is a North Central Phoenix native who grew up going to local Madison schools and graduated from Sunnyslope High School. She received a volleyball scholarship to Concordia University where she studied abroad in Argentina her junior year and graduated with honors in 2007. She started vet school at University of Edinburgh in 2007. The summer of her Junior year in vet school she spent three months in Kenya researching indigenous cattle for the International Livestock Research Institute. She has also worked at several spay and neuter clinics abroad and gets great satisfaction from volunteering her time for the improvement of animal welfare. She is happy to be back to her native area after having enjoyed many wonderful experiences abroad. Her husband whom she met at vet school has returned with her to Arizona and is a large animal vet in the Prescott area. They have several dogs, cats, chickens, and horses at home and spend their spare time horseback riding and hiking in the Phoenix Mountain Preserves.

Forrest Jenkins, DVM

Dr. Jenkins is an Arizona Native. He attended Arizona State University where he received his Bachelor's Degree. Dr. Jenkins then went on to earn his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in Virginia. He enjoys all aspects of Veterinary Medicine. In his free time Dr. Jenkins enjoys exploring the amazing locally owned restaurants and spending time with his Yorkies. 

Jacklyn Rind, DVM


Dr. Jacklyn Rind is originally from Chicago, Illinois, but spent significant time in the northeast US (New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware). She graduated from the University of Delaware in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Pre-Veterinary Medicine and a minor in Biology. During undergrad, Jacklyn began working at local veterinary clinics as a technician and fell in love with small animal general practice. 


She started veterinary school at Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ, in 2019. During her time there, she completed ~30 spay and neuter surgeries, multiple dental procedures, and held the position of Trap Neuter Release (TNR) chair for the school’s shelter medicine club. During her clinical rotations with a small animal focus, Dr. Rind found her passion for dentistry/surgery, pathology/cytology, and urgent care medicine. Dr. Rind’s favorite part about general practice is establishing lifelong relationships with her clients and patients. At home, Dr. Rind has a pitbull/lab/boxer mix named Moose and a chihuahua (her favorite breed!) named Paisley. She also has two cats at home, Bebies and New Guy. On the weekends, you can find Dr. Rind adventuring with her dogs or cooking a homemade meal.


Dion, Business Manager

Dion was born and raised in San Diego, California, where he lived until joining the Air Force and served as a criminal investigator and hostage negotiator. While in the Air Force, he won the John Leviton award, the Air Force leadership award and a non-commissioned officer quarterly award. Dion then served as a police officer for the Phoenix police department upon receiving an honorable discharge from the Air Force. He has an Associate’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Business Management. He is a member of Delta Mu Delta, an international business honor society. Dion is also a certified dog trainer and dog training mentor for the Animal Behavior College.

Sissy, Veterinary Technician Manager

Sissy graduated with her AOS degree in veterinary technology in February 2009. She is very friendly and enjoys life. Sissy always has a place in her heart for animals and will continue her education for them. Sissy joined the Alta Vista team, after completing her extern, in October of 2007. She is always here to go above and beyond for pet's and their owners. In her spare time she enjoys relaxing at home with her boyfriend and her little zoo.


Rosa, Customer Service Representative

Rosa moved to Arizona from California and brought her veterinary skills to Alta Vista. She has been working in the Veterinary field for many years and working at Alta Vista since 2005. She likes working with animals and has a Ringed-Neck Parakeet named Paco. When she's not at work Rosa is keeping busy with her 2 kids! 

Jessica, Customer Service Representative

Jessica was born and raised in Connecticut. Growing up she spent countless hours in the woods exploring the outdoors and developing a strong connection to the natural world. All those moments eventually lead to a rewarding career in the Veterinary field and at the Phoenix Zoo. In 2009, Jessica joined the Alta Vista team and it is here that she has found her permanent home. In her spare time Jessica still enjoys getting out in nature, spending time with her husband and kids, as well as running. She can also be found volunteering at the Zoo when needed. 
Martina, Veterinary Technician

Arizona Native she lived in Holbrook AZ for majority of her life. Growing up in a small town and attempting to help and feed all the stray animals is how she knew she belong in the animal field. After high school she moved to Phoenix to attend Anthem College. Martina graduated with Honors from Anthem College and achieved her Veterinary Technology Associate of Science Degree. She was then hired after her externship and has been following her dreams of helping animals since 2014. When she is not at Alta vista she's a full-time mom of 2 children and 1 fur baby. In her spare time she enjoys mini trips to Sedona or Flagstaff with the whole family.

Dana, Veterinary Technician

Dana was born in Corpus Christi, Texas but has lived in Phoenix for most of her life. She studied Veterinary Technology for two years at Anthem College and graduated with her Associates of Science degree in March 2013. She has been with Alta Vista since February 2013 and has a passion for learning new things from co-workers and making a difference. Dana hopes to become a Certified Veterinary Technician in the near future and is inspired by her fuzz babies "Kitty" and "Oona."

Karla, Veterinary Technician

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Jocelyn, Veterinary Technician

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Beth, Veterinary Technician

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Luciano, Veterinary Technician

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Matthew, Veterinary Technician

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Alexis, Veterinary Technician

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Jose, Veterinary Technician

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Laizza, Veterinary Technician

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Krista, Veterinary Technician

Krista was born and raised in the Central Phoenix area. She graduated from North High School and then attended Mesa Community College for Veterinary Technology. Krista has a passion for animal welfare and has been involved in it since she was in high school. She started as an animal shelter volunteer, and has since become a veterinary technician for general practice as well as the municipal shelter. In Krista's free time she enjoys going to the Coyotes hockey games and spending time with her 5 dogs.
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