JavaScript is not enabled.
Puente De Vida - 15 Reviews - 4695 Lisann St, San Diego, CA - Doctors & Other Healthcare Professionals Reviews - Phone (858) 581-1239

Puente De Vida

4695 Lisann St
San Diego, CA 92117
(858) 581-1239
Incorrect info? Correct your listing


( 8 )
( 1 )
( 0 )
( 0 )
( 6 )


I just wanted to say THANK YOU to ALL of the staff at Puente de Vida (PDV) for saving my life. When I first came to PDV I was scared and my eating disorder was even angrier. I d...


As a former employee, I can testify that not only is this entire program and all of its facilities a complete disaster, but they are completely unsafe. In the six months that I wo...

If you want a new problem beyond your eating disorder, this is the place to get it. 5/21/2012

As a former employee, I can testify that not only is this entire program and all of its facilities a complete disaster, but they are completely unsafe. In the six months that I worked fro PDV I watched horrific and unethical behavior that I would not expect from any organization, much less a mental health facility for clients with eating disorders. The Lisann property is absolutely appalling. Leaks and drainage issues caused mold problems that were never fixed during the time I was employed there. To my knowledge from speaking with former co-workers almost a year and a half later, these problems have still not been resolved. Mold contaminated an entire wall and got onto mattresses in the bedrooms. In addition, mold rotted out the cabinets under the bathroom sink, as well as nearly every kitchen cabinet where clients store their food. There were termite problems, which are not uncommon in southern California, but they were never addressed or fixed. These issues were brought up by staff and clients literally on a day-to-day basis and never attended to. Lisann is not a part of the residential facility and therefore does no need to meet the same safety requirements of a medical facility. It is technically a group home where people live with a common goal live, much like a halfway house. The recovery stories you read in these reviews are real, both good and bad. A handful of people were lucky enough to manage a recovery during their time at PDV; however, this should not be considered the norm. In order to capitalize on these people beyond the money spent on their recoveries in a sub-par facility, the owner of the facility, Steve Schaefer, has enlisted them to write reviews to rebut the original negative reviews. While their stories may be genuine to their own personal experience, they are not true to the nature and dynamic of Puente de Vida. The majority of clients did not fare as well as the ones who have written here. Please see city search for this complete review more

Avoid ignorance 5/8/2012

Please anyone who has an eating disorder please do not base where to go to treatment from a review site. You should speak to the facilities yourself and make an informed decision. This is not like picking a movie or a restaurant to go to this is a very serious decision and most of the time when people write reviews about something like this it is in a time that they are upset. So please take everything into account and not just the ranting’s of people who may not be in a good place emotionally. I think this is a great facility I had incredible success here please find out for yourself. more

Thank You! 5/8/2012

I went to Puente de Vida from February 2011 to June 2011. I am from Texas. Going to Puente de Vida was the most important decision of my life and turned out to be the greatest and most valuable experience. I am beyond grateful to the entire staff. Steve did my intake and spent hours listening to my story and figuring out the treatment I needed. Through body work therapy, he helped other women identify their traumas that have been suppressed for years. I have heard from many women that he is the best trauma therapist in the nation and one of the few who uses body work. Dana holds a special place in my heart because she helped with my weekly family therapy and was able to do it all over the phone since my parents could not afford to travel numerous times to San Diego. I trusted her and went to her with all my struggles. I appreciated her time, attentiveness, care, sense of humor, and ways to explain things so I could understand them. Outings were also very fun with her! I would not be here without them, physically, mentally, or emotionally. To recover from an eating disorder, someone needs treatment 24/7. ED does NOT rest; he is even present in your dreams. He greedily awaits any moment when you will be vulnerable. I was lucky to spend 3 months in residential treatment at PDV. I was moved down to PHP and IOP when they felt I was ready, otherwise they fought for my insurance company to pay for what I needed, and I am grateful for that. PDV is so special because it is run by a family that is 100% dedicated to its patients, their family members, and their futures, ones without ED. They are all intimately involved. I have nothing but good things to say about PDV. Those, like me, who have completed their treatment and are in a good spot in recovery today will have the same positive feedback. PDV has changed our lives. I have met lifelong best friends who are amazing women. I know what FREEDOM tastes like and I fight for it every day in recovery. more
< Previous 1 Next >
20% OFF all yearly plans
Use spring at checkout. Expires 6/30/2018

Additional information

  • Neighborhoods:

    Northern San Diego, Bay Ho, Northern