Dr. Porcia Love finds gratification in the daily diversity of her work as a dermatologist (and in reminding people to always wear sunscreen), but what she really enjoys is seeing patients happy after she’s helped them resolve a skin concern.
Are you from Montgomery?
I was born and raised in Montgomery. After completing my education and training, I moved back to Montgomery in 2013. I chose the River Region because of the shortage of dermatologists in the area, and I wanted to be closer to my family.
What motivated you to become a dermatologist?
I love the variety of dermatology. I am able to diagnose various skin disorders and perform minor surgical, laser and cosmetic procedures — all in one specialty. Additionally, I am a visual person, and dermatology is a specialty that requires you to appreciate color, texture, shape and patterns to make an accurate diagnosis.
What’s something about skin health you think most people don’t know?
I have to remind at least one patient every day that everyone, regardless of skin tone, can suffer the consequences of excessive sun expo-sure. This means that anyone can get skin cancer. We all should wear sunscreen or sun-protective clothing daily.
What sets River Region Dermatology & Laser apart?
We treat general skin disorders, diagnose and surgically treat skin cancers and perform a wide variety of minimally invasive cosmetic and laser procedures. We are the only practice in the region that performs platelet-rich plasma therapy for hair loss. This has revolutionized the treatment for male and female pattern hair loss. Also, our practice was recently named a Skinceuticals Flagship Retail Center.
What are your interests outside of work?
I volunteer with several local civic organizations (Junior League, American Cancer Society, Delta Sigma Theta, The Links, Incorporated). I also like to read, travel, dance and watch college football.
What’s an accomplishment you’re proud of?
My beautiful children —Caroline (age 3), Catherine (age 2) and James (8 months).
DOCTOR OF DISTINCTION:
Dr. Love was recently named a “Woman Who Shapes the State” by the Alabama Media Group.