Adapt, Empower & Grow your practice!

Our Leadership Team

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Steven L. Crawford, MBA, CEO & President

Steven L. Crawford, MBA, Certified Financial Fiduciary® CFF®, RFC®, National Social Security Advisors® is CEO & Managing Partner of Clinicians Advocacy Group (CAG) & FIG Wealth Advisors with 19 years experience in the insurance and financial services industry winning several awards working as a “Foundation Capital and Retirement Specialist”. In addition, Mr. Crawford is a member of the National Association of Experts, Writers & Speakers®, National Ethics Association, National Black MBA Association and Hall of Famer with a youth sports organization (Pembroke Pines Optimist) in Pembroke Pines, Florida. 


Furthermore, Steve is a member of an exclusive group of only 3% of the nation's advisers that has specialized retirement products with two of the leading money management firms in the world just for his clients. He has extensive retirement income planning expertise with a focus on safe money & alternative non-correlated assets planning that secures retirement from stock market related volatility that can erode life savings.


Mr. Crawford has been seen on CBS television show “Morning Break,” CBS Local News at 5 Pm, Fox Sports and NBC 6 South Florida. He is currently featured on the leading website in the world for "Safe Money" related searches www.safemoney.com. In addition, Steve’s a financial instructor and chapter president for a non-profit American Financial Education Alliance (AFEA) where he teaches courses on social security & retirement income strategies for affluent attendees at various universities, libraries and more.  

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Dr. Michael Carter MD, CMO

Dr. Michael Carter M.D., CMO, is a board certified physician with 35 years experience in multiple disciplines. He is a board certified Anesthesiologist, having practiced for 16 years before transitioning into the medical aesthetics and weight loss specialties. Dr. Carter is CAG's go to expert for all things in SoftWave Therapy and regeneration and reparative processes of the bones, tendons and other soft tissues exploration and functional medicine. 


In addition, he is the Chief Medical Director for our partner with multiple patents in that space. Dr. Carter has extensive training having opened 7 clinics in Georgia and Florida, where he specialized in Liposuction, fat transfer techniques with expertise in Brazilian Buttock Augmentation, anti aging Medicine and Functional Medicine. As a Functional Integrative Medicine Practitioner, Dr.Carter seeks to find the root cause of what is interfering with the body’s ability to stave off disease syndromes.  


​For his patient, Dr.Carter provides the combination of natural supplements, technology, alternative treatments, selective medicines as well as, effective diet, eating strategies and exercise regimens that enhance the ability of his patients to detoxify, rejuvenate and regenerate for their optimal health. Dr.Carter is a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and the Institute for Functional Medicine and he completed the stem cell fellowship and peptide certification programs at the A4M..  


By addressing hormonal, adrenal, immune, GI and endocrine systems that are critical for balancing, Dr. Carter has created a proven path for successful and optimal health. Dr.Carter is a graduate of Morehouse College, in Atlanta Georgia. Having finished second in his class, Magna Cumlaude, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. 


Dr. Carter is also a member of the Phi Beta Kappa, Academic Honors Society. He received his MD from Howard University in Washington, DC. and completed his residency at Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia.

A passion for cosmetic surgery, hormonal balancing and achieving ultimate health for his patients led to a medical career change many years ago.  


Dr Carter is also Corporate Medical Director of Real Health Clinics, a company dedicated to treating and reversing Alzheimer's. In addition, Dr. Carter was trained by Dr. Dale Bredeson who launched a program focused on Alzheimer's treatment and reversal from a functional medicine approach.


Dr Carter is a 
3x winner of the Patients' Choice Award. Patients' Choice recognition reflects the difference a particular physician has made in the lives of his/her patients. The honor is bestowed to physicians who have received near perfect scores, as voted by patients.


3x Compassionate Doctor Recognition Award.
Compassionate Doctor certification is granted to physicians who treat their patients with the utmost kindness. The honor is granted based on a physician's overall and bedside manner scores.


On-Time Doctor Award. 
Vitals On-Time + Promptness Award recognizes doctors with consistent high ratings for timeliness of appointments. The honor is granted based on a physician's overall and promptness scores.

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Leslie Ware, PA, M.Ed, VP

Leslie Ware, PA-C, VP of Clinicians Advocacy Group is a physician assistant in Charlotte, NC and has been practicing for 19 years. She graduated from University Of Nebraska Medical Center in 1999 and specializes in cardiovascular & metabolic diseases. Also, Ms. Ware has a BS - Health Education, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, M.Ed. - Health Education, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, and MPAS - University of Nebraska Medical Center. In addition, Ms. Ware is an Adjunct Professor at Lenoir Rhyne University PA Program. 


Leslie is CEO of Alpha Health & Wellness, DPC (Direct Primary Care) a medical practice offering health care and therapeutic lifestyle change programs for a monthly membership with no copays or deductibles for better patient care. Leslie's expertise in the DPC community and being a licensed clinician has helped spearhead our alternative healthcare offerings. The DPC and Point of Care In Office Dispensary service has created better healthcare for patients and additional revenue for our independent clinicians. 


Ms. Ware is a current member and previously served the following organizations: Metrolina Association of Physician Assistants, AAPA, Veteran USAF Reserves, Wingate University PA Program Advisory Council, Provider Champion USHS Health Disparities Chronic Disease Collaborative and former member NC Diabetes Advisory Counsel, Quality Diabetes Education and Care Chair of  Nebraska Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease Council, Freedom From Smoking Facilitator. For more information on the DPC opportunity please click on Leslie Ware's photo. 

Leadership Team Continued

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Dr. Brian Forrest, M. D. CMA

Dr. Brian Forrest, M.D., CEO and Founder of Access Healthcare. heads up CAG's Direct Primary Care (DPC) network and is the leading authority on Direct Primary Care. He started the 1st DPC practice in the country twenty years ago and is the biggest advocate for its cause leading the way for greater patient care. 


Originally from Wake County, he attended UNC Chapel Hill for medical school and specialized in family and community medicine in the residency program at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem where he also completed his internship. He is an American Society of Hypertension Certified Hypertension Specialist and his special interests include management of chronic diseases like Diabetes, and Cholesterol. 


Dr. Forrest completed a Holderness Medical Research Fellowship and an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship while At UNC Chapel Hill. He is a pioneer in the Direct Primary Care Model, having originated the Micropractice DPC Model over 18 years ago. He has extensive experience in teaching, lecturing, and consulting about the model for individuals, medical schools, health systems, and practices.

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Emilia Crawford, EVP, Director of PetCare Project

Emilia Crawford, EVP, RVN heads up our PetCare Project which is working with KWPaws to help rescue lost and abandoned dogs and cats. Emilia states, "I've always had passion for animals since an early age and have always had a pet growing up. So makes sense to make a living doing what I love! I obtained my Registered Veterinarian Nurse license in North Carolina in 2008 and have enjoyed it ever since. I have worked in general practice, ICU/emergency and specialty departments throughout my career" 


Emilia is also CEO of Fur & Whiskers Petsitters, LLC a licensed, bonded and insured company here in Charlotte, NC that takes care of our other family members: Our beloved pets. Click on her picture for more information about Fur & Whiskers Petsitters. 

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Joanne Muscato, LPN, Executive Assistant

Joanne Muscato, LPN, Executive Assistant heads up the administrative team for CAG. She is an avid pet lover and loves kids.