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About Cartera Health

Innovating to empower extended care

Mission Statement

Empower and create solutions that advance patient outcomes in extended care health services.

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Vision Statement

To become the largest ancillary and end-of-life health care services company in the nation through technology integration, education and innovative direct care solutions by 2032. 

Culture Statement

Cartera Health is an award winning ambitious team centered extended health care company committed to providing exceptional services to our patients and clinicians. Maintaining a diverse and equitable workforce, that seeks to provide quality services in a highly efficient and rapid growth workplace. 

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Community Commitment 

A CarteraHealth priority is to offer education within communities that traditionally underutilize extended care services, therefore increasing the quality of life for many. Cartera Health is committed to the community it serves.



At Cartera Health, teamwork is selfless. It focuses on the end goal. Teamwork runs on the concept that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.


Carter Health is intentional about employing a diverse workforce of employees of varying characteristics which could include sexual orientation, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, age, physical abilities, political ideologies or socioeconomic status.

Customer Service Excellence

Cartera Health strives to not just consistently meet, but in fact even exceed customers’ expectations by 1) personalized customer service 2) timely problem solving 3) responding to all inquiries 4) proactively addressing customer needs 5) always having a positive attitude 6) creatively solving problems.


Cartera Health is committed to bringing positive, measurable change to both the communities in which we operate and to our business as a whole.


Cartera Health communicates internally and externally in a manner that is reliable, clear, personable and credible.


Cartera Health ensures inclusive and quality education for all employees and promotes lifelong learning.

Goal Oriented

Cartera Health focuses on reaching a specific objective or accomplishing a given task; driven by purpose and pride.

Fast Paced

Cartera Health has a fast-paced work environment where things happen very quickly and activity is continuous throughout the day.

Our Story

For the past decade, we have been committed to improving the accessibility of healthcare to the masses through the application of technology and innovative approaches to healthcare delivery. We have focused on being leaders in the Extended Care category of healthcare including providing innovative tools, services and care within home health, physical therapy, hospice, long-term care, assisted living, and nursing homes.

It all starts with putting patients and families at the forefront. Our efforts focus not only on providing exceptional patient care when it is needed, but also on the wellness services and community outreach that engage and empower the people we serve to take charge of their health. All delivered by a team of mission-driven clinicians, employees and administrators.

Our Founders

Dr. Sterling L. Carter

Dr. Carter is a decorated Army Veteran who served as a proud protector of his country for more than 25 years. Retiring at the rank of Major, he worked as a physical therapist, and also served in Operation Desert Storm (90-91) and Operation Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom (06-07). Major Carter served in various leadership roles, to include Executive Officer of an Army Hospital unit in which he was responsible for the management and well-being of 350 soldiers. Major Carter has received multiple awards to include: Two Army Commendation Medals, Two Army Achievement Metals, Saudi Arabia Service Medal recipient, Combat Medic badge recipient, and a graduate of Commanders and General’s staff college. Dr. Carter has practiced as a professional physical therapist for more than 20 years. A graduate of Langston University, he obtained Bachelor’s Degrees in Biology (1993,) as well as Physical Therapy (1997). He received his Master of Science in Physical Therapy, with a focus in Orthopedics from Texas Woman’s University (2007) and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Simmons College (2013). He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and a graduate of the esteemed Fort Bend Leadership Forum. Dr. Carter has always been a driven leader, and authority in his field. In an effort to change healthcare by providing unparalleled value for his patients, he has founded several businesses. He is the President & CEO of Sterling Physical Therapy & Wellness (2008), SPTW Transportation Services, LLC (2009) and Sterling Physical Therapy & Wellness of OakBend Medical Center (2016).
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Stephen Levi Carter, MBA, PMP

Stephen Levi Carter is a renown authority on entrepreneurship. Stephen has a record of accomplishment relative to operational success, visionary leadership, and business development. Combining his experience managing the finances of Fortune 500 corporations with his innate desire to build a product or service that answers a problem, he has literally transformed the business landscape everywhere that he goes. Stephen received his Bachelor’s Degree of Business Administration in Accounting from Langston University, Langston, OK, in 1993. He received his Master of Business Administration in Change Management and Finance from the University of Houston, Houston, TX, in 1999. Mr. Carter has more than 25 years of finance and management experience and has served in managerial and executive level positions for consulting, medical insurance, oil and gas, and technology firms. Additionally, Stephen has a strong commitment to serving his community and his country. He has served as a Combat Medic in the US Army Reserves for 8 years and fought in the Iraqi War: Operation Desert Shield/Storm and is now a decorated war veteran.
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Our Staff

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  1. Sterling Physical Therapy & Wellness was founded
  2. Sterling Staffing Solutions was founded
  3. Sterling Physical Therapy & Wellness – Houston Office was started
  4. White Orchid Hospice was founded
  5. Carter Brothers Consulting LLP was founded
  6. MyMedCred was founded
  7. Sterling Physical Therapy & Wellness – Katy Office was started
  8. HomeHealthPro mobile app was launched
  9. VIP Physical Therapy was founded
  10. Sterling Diagnostic Testing Services was founded
  11. White Orchid Hospice – Corpus Christi Branch was started
  12. Cartera Health master brand was established
  13. Sterling Physical Therapy & Wellness – Bellaire Office was started