The same team of elite scientists who defined ALTA is now leading Vista Analytical Laboratory. And we live by one credo–to meet or exceed the most rigorous regulatory requirements with experience, expertise and responsiveness unmatched in the environmental industry.

That was the sole focus when we built our custom-designed laboratory in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in 1990, and it continues to be the primary focus today.


Housed in a custom-designed 9,000 square foot facility, our laboratory features large log-in and sample storage areas including walk-in freezers and refrigerators. Two separate preparation laboratories maximize throughput and minimize sample cross contamination.  The instrument laboratory features state-of-the-art magnetic sector instruments. And the facility’s open floor plan ensures results are not invalidated or adversely affected by environmental conditions. Every detail has been addressed to assure results are precise and delivered in a timely manner.

What Makes Us Successful?

Laboratory Instrumentation

The lowest detection limits in the industry: With five magnetic sector double focusing MicroMass High Resolution Mass Spectrometers, Vista provides the lowest detection limits in the industry. What’s more, our instrument analysts have an extensive background with a wide variety of sample matrices for Dioxins/Furans, PAHs, PCBs and other semi-volatile organic compounds. All laboratory instrumentation and testing equipment is maintained and calibrated in accordance with applicable methodologies to verify proper operation.

Sample Management

Sample management begins at the time of collection and proceeds through final sample disposal. To preserve the integrity of every sample, Vista Analytical Laboratory provides appropriate sample containers and preservatives in accordance with the applicable methodologies, ensures all sample handling and storage procedures comply with regulatory and project requirements, and ensures holding times are met. Our Sample Control Department features an internal LIMS system for accurate log-in, spacious walk-in refrigerators and freezers, daily temperature monitoring, and cradle-to-grave Chain of Custody procedures.

Preparatory Laboratory

Vista has two separate sample preparation laboratories designed to maximize throughput. Each lab provides chemists a safe, high capacity work environment. Sample preparation capabilities include sample grinding and drying, MM5 air train preparation, supercritical fluid extraction, biological tissue processing and soil core sub-sampling.


Ever changing technology, legislation and regulations have made High Resolution Mass Spectrometry the most suitable analytical technique for environmental risk assessment and monitoring. And Vista’s management and technical staff have a depth of experience in every phase of environment sample preparation and analysis. In fact, many contributed to the development and validation of several benchmark HRMS methods.
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Vista Analytical Laboratory

1104 Windfield Way
El Dorado Hills, CA  95762
Phone:  916.673.1520
Fax:  916.673.0106

Jennifer Christmann-Miller

Technical Sales
Office: 916.673.1520
Mobile: 916.995.5171

Jamie Fox

Technical Sales
Office: 916.673.1520
Mobile: 505.307.3770