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My name is Tara Stiehler, and I grew up in a small farm town in Mississippi called Greenville. I attended school at the University of Southern Mississippi, where I studied dance performance and choreography. Currently, I am a ballroom dance instructor at Just Dance Ballroom, Allegro Ballroom, and Sizzling Latin Dance Studio. Additionally, I teach dance at Mission Dance Performing Arts in Fremont and Soo Dance Academy in Danville and San Ramon.

I love that I am able to share my passion with my students. My feeling is that dance can change lives and can help people. Another reason I am passionate about teaching dance is that it allows me to explore freedom and creativity. Besides dancing, I enjoy running in a beautiful places. I love the feeling of escape and freedom that running gives me. I also enjoy taking photographs because photography can connect us to our past or an important event in our lives that we can preserve forever. My camera with me 99% of the time, and I document my experiences with the hope of one day writing a book. Christian fellowship is something that is very important to me, as is supporting my local community. I also enjoy cooking a nice healthy meal. Since I am so active, I like to fuel my body with the right things. My husband and I currently live in Walnut Creek.

I have been dancing my entire life, since I could walk. My mother took me to a dance studio at the age of three, and I began dancing that day and never stopped. Early on, my training was in ballet, tap, and jazz. When I was seven, I started training in gymnastics and acrobatics. In college, I studied dance and received a bachelor of fine arts. After graduating, I began studying ballroom and Latin dancing. Now I compete, perform, and teach professionally to children and adults of all ages.  

I am participating in “So, Do You Think You Can Dance? Reach For The Stars!” because I am amazed with what Putnam Clubhouse does for the Concord community. This is truly an amazing organization that uplifts, supports, and helps others, and I feel so honored to be supporting such an amazing cause. As a dancer and teacher, my mission is similar to that of Putnam Clubhouse. What dance does for people is pretty amazing, and I feel that it can bring all of us together in a positive way to inspire others.  

Tara Stiehler

Professional Dancer, Stiehler Dance

Moussa F. Yazbeck, MD is a native of Lebanon. He emigrated to the US with his wife Nancy 19 years ago after his basic medical training. He is trained and board certified in critical care medicine and neurocritical care. He completed his US training between the east coast (Cooper University Hospital and Thomas Jefferson University) and the west coast (UCLA Health System).

He has been at John Muir Health since 2012 as the first neurointensivist in the system. He is involved in multiple societies and committees at John Muir, regionally and nationally. He is the immediate past president of the Society of Critical Care Medicine Northern California Chapter, currently the chair of the Ethics Committee at John Muir and the vice chief of staff at the walnut creek campus.

Moussa is most proud of his family; his wife Nancy is a chemistry teacher at a local public high school, his son Fouad is going to college this year to study chemistry and his daughter Sarah who is still in high school and loves dancing herself. Moussa also takes pride of the excellent care they provide at John Muir Health which consistently ranks as one of the best hospitals in the area and nationally. He is passionate about the relationships he has with his patients and their families.

Dr Yazbeck loves traveling, skiing and dancing mostly Latin though has not taken any formal lessons before. He is excited about this challenge of “So, Do you think you can dance? Reach for the stars!” and describes it as a good cause. He is very impressed with Putnam Clubhouse and is proud of the collaboration John Muir has with Putnam.

Moussa F. Yazbeck, MD, FCCM Neurointensivist and Vice Chief of Staff John Muir Medical CenterWalnut Creek

PUTNAM CLUBHOUSE

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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