Dr. DeSanto

Experience is Everything

Dr. DeSanto is a double Board Certified MD with over 12 years of addiction treatment experience. He is an addict in successful recovery who understands the day-to-day struggle to find sobriety and break free from painful cycle of being dependent on a substance.


Graduate of Lafayette College and attended the State University of New York at Downstate in Brooklyn for his medical school training. He moved to California to complete his internship and residency training at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. His early career centered around emergency and urgent care, but he  soon developed a special love and passion for his current career as an Addiction Physician. He is both Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Addiction Medicine and is currently the Medical Director of Hotel California by the Sea in Newport Beach, California, and oversees the medical care and detox care for all clients in program. He works extensively with many other treatment centers in Orange County.

Hobbies and Interests:

He spends his free time in and around the coast of Newport, Huntington, and Laguna Beach with his two beautiful children and  French Bulldog, Bella. He practices daily yoga, Transcendental Meditation, hiking, and body-boarding.

Hotel California by the Sea 

Dr. Joseph DeSanto, Clinical Director at HCBTS

As Orange County’s top drug and rehab treatment center, Hotel California by the Sea is dedicated to providing a safe environment and addiction treatment program for men, women, and young adults seeking treatment for dependence on alcohol and other substances.

Dr. DeSanto personally oversees the medical care at HCBTS and provides personalized treatment plans and follow-up for all clients. Dr. DeSanto meets with every team member, on a regular basis, to ensure that care is comprehensive and proactive.

Prior to joining HCBTS, he cared for many patients in his private practice, helping them to achieve sobriety and return to fulfilling, spiritual, and healthy lives. He supervised the regional Chemical Dependency Program for one of the largest medical Groups in Southern California. Being well versed in most 12-step recovery programs, he understands the importance they have in helping his patients achieve true, long lasting sobriety.

If you require inpatient treatment for your addiction, Dr. DeSanto will oversee your medical detox at Hotel California from beginning to end, and will continue to monitor your progress after you are discharged

American Board of Internal Medicine
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