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About Us

We care for the special hearts of women. We empower you to do the same. Together, we can defeat our #1 killer.

Fighting for Women's Heart Health

The Karen Yontz Women's Cardiac Awareness Center is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit resource center dedicated to decreasing the incidence and impact of heart disease in women. A part of the Aurora Health Care system, our non-clinical resource center is located in the main Galleria lobby of Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Most women do not know that heart disease is the number one killer of women in the U.S. Our goal is to change that by raising awareness and empowering women with the tools and information they need to lead a more heart-healthy lifestyle. We offer a wide range of services — on-site, online, and in the community — promoting wellness and advocating for early diagnosis and treatment for women with cardiac disease.

"It's a feel-good place that takes some of the stress off and gives you a place to go to ask questions, get information, or just sit and relax."

– Fay W., Karen Yontz Center client

Our Staff

The Karen Yontz Center is staffed with knowledgeable, helpful, friendly professionals who are eager to listen and help you find a path to a healthier heart. Please feel free to come in and visit, or to reach out and get in touch with us via email or over the phone.

Bethany DeBroux Adams, MA

Social Media Coordinator

Bethany DeBroux Adams is the social media coordinator for The Karen Yontz Women's Cardiac Awareness Center. She holds a Master's Degree in Health Communication with a focus on creating health education materials and public health campaigns. Bethany feels that when it comes to health, knowledge is power. She is passionate about educating women, particularly young women, about their risks for heart disease using new media channels.

Heather Klug, MEd, RD, CD

Registered Dietitian

Heather is the registered dietitian for The Karen Yontz Women's Cardiac Awareness Center. Her passion is helping others lead healthier lifestyles and reducing their risk for heart disease. Heather's areas of expertise include heart-healthy eating, wellness, and weight management. She works to stay ahead of trends and scientific research through continuing education and training.

Kirsten Hastings, BSN, RN

Cardiac Nurse Educator

Kirsten Hastings is a Community Nurse Educator for The Karen Yontz Women's Cardiac Awareness Center. She is a registered nurse and certified health coach with a focus on cardiac risk factor reduction and chronic disease management. Kirsten believes that most risk factors related to heart disease are both preventable and/or manageable with support, education and coaching. She is passionate about working with individuals to identify their personal risk factors and providing them with the necessary tools and guidance to achieve success when it comes to combating their #1 health threat, heart disease.

Terese Beauchamp, MS, PT

Manager, Karen Yontz Center

Terese Beauchamp is the manager of The Karen Yontz Women's Cardiac Awareness Center and has held that position since 2005. She is a physical therapist whose career has centered around health and wellness education and helping people learn to live an active life to maximize their health. Terese is passionate about helping people "find their own FIT" and helping women achieve their highest level of health and well-being.