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My name is Margaret and I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I studied at Barnard College and Harvard Medical School before completing my residency at Stanford. I practiced medicine for 37 years before retiring. My greatest accomplishments include raising two wonderful children and practicing medicine.  

I enjoy singing in the Oakland Symphony Chorus, the Laney College Choir, and a small group we call TOSCA. I also take care of my two grandchildren every Thursday.  Recently, I’ve become active in political events. Another interest of mine is being involved with Habitat for Humanity. I have participated in international building projects all over the world and it has become something that I enjoy immensely.  

‍‍‍My dance experience includes two years of ballet as a child, which I enjoyed but can’t say I was very good at it. I continue to like dancing; when I hear music with a beat, it’s difficult for me to sit still.  

In my medical practice, I often saw people who had mental health problems in addition to their physical ailments. I attended Putnam Clubhouse’s Gala last year and Ioved watching the participants dance. When I was asked to participate this year in “So, Do you Think You Can Dance? Reach For the Stars!” I thought, why not? This could be fun!


Putnam Clubhouse is affiliated with Clubhouse International and follows the Clubhouse Model. Clubhouse program components involve doing the tasks needed to run the Clubhouse (cooking, clerical, fund‍‍‍raising, etc.), structured employment and educational opportunities,social and recreational activities, community support, outreach to other members, and participation in Clubhouse governance.  Putnam Clubhouse is the first Clubhouse International-accredited program to open in Northern California.

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My name is Michael and I grew up in Beachwood, Ohio. I attended the University of Michigan where I initially studied psychology and religion. I went on to earn an MSW in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

‍‍‍I’m a clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and couple’s counselor. I’m passionate about meaning, connection, intimacy, and communication. My purpose is to be a bridge, to connect people and build belonging, understanding, and cultures of connection. I’ve been in practice for over 30 years and draw on a wealth of experience, resources, methods, and practices to facilitate change, deepen awareness, and strengthen intimate connection. I specialize in addiction recovery, conflict mediation, trauma resolution, multi-generational forgiveness, men’s work, and holistic wellness.

My most notable accomplishments are my thriving psychotherapy practice and the great community of friends that I have cultivated. I’m raising a son and have wonderful relationships in my life. My interests include spirituality, philosophy, men’s circle work, theatre, and ritual. Previously, my hobbies involved sports, but I’m currently very passionate about dancing! Both my parents are Holocaust survivors, who loved to dance. I’ve been dancing since 1983. I’ve spent many years practicing contact improvisation, modern dance, and various free-form styles that incorporate martial arts, 5-rythms, yoga, water dance, and other forms. I’m dancing for “So, Do You Think You Can Dance? Reach For the Stars!” because Putnam Clubhouse is inspiring and I want to support its tremendous community contributions. 

Margaret Hegg

Retired Internist, Kaiser Permanente

Michael Gelbart

Licensed Clinical So‍‍‍cial Worker

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