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Not Your Average Love Story

April 25, 2023 | Reading Time: 3 minutes

Husband-and-wife physician duo Drs. Scott and Rozalyn Love spent a decade practicing medicine together at U.S. Navy hospitals across the globe before deciding to return to their Alabama roots in 2021.

“Florence had always been on our list,” said Rozalyn. “We were looking for a smaller community to raise our three boys. We also love the water, so living near the Tennessee River was really appealing.”

Rozalyn, an obstetrician-gynecologist, cares for pregnant patients at Keller OB/GYN in Sheffield. She also delivers babies at Helen Keller Hospital and has expertise in minimally-invasive gynecologic surgery using the hospital’s da Vinci robotic surgery system.

Scott, a pediatrician, practices at Shoals Pediatric Group in Florence and helped launch Keller’s pediatric hospitalist program. 

Several times this year, Scott has watched Rozalyn deliver a baby at Keller and then taken over as the newborn’s attending physician.

The Loves met in 2005 as grad students in the UAB School of Public Health. Scott was a teaching assistant; Rozalyn took one of his master’s-level classes. Within six months, they were engaged.

Both Scott and Rozalyn were drawn to the idea of serving their country as military physicians. They chose the Navy, which paid for medical school at UAB in exchange for a service commitment.

“We started medical school and then got shipped to officer boot camp in Newport, Rhode Island,” said Rozalyn.

After medical school, there were no guarantees the Loves would be sent to the same location for their internship or residency training. Fortunately, the Navy assigned them both to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in Virginia.

“Our first baby was born on the first day of the third year of residency,” Rozalyn said. “The staff who delivered and cared for him were our fellow colleagues and residents. It was really wonderful to be surrounded by our Navy ‘family’ during that time.”

From Virginia, the Loves were shipped to Guam to care for active-duty U.S. service members and their dependents. The nearest high-level Neonatal ICU was in Okinawa, Japan, a four-hour flight away. Other subspecialty services were even farther away in Hawaii. Rozalyn and Scott learned to think fast and get creative to keep pregnant mothers and sick babies alive and well until medical transport could be arranged.

In 2018, the Navy sent the Loves to Florida to help train younger family medicine physicians at Naval Hospital Jacksonville. They had left Guam with a second son and soon welcomed a third in Florida.

But Rozalyn, a Cullman native, and Scott, who grew up in Vestavia Hills, began itching to return to Alabama to raise their young boys.

One of Scott’s childhood friends is now the pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Florence and suggested the couple give the Shoals a look.

“He introduced us to some of the local doctors and arranged for some other church members to take us boating on the river,” says Rozalyn. “It’s been perfect – just what we were looking for.”