With their sights set on retirement, two family care physicians who have practiced in Tuscaloosa for decades have announced plans to merge their practice with Alabama Family Medicine.

Dr. Doug Reynolds and Dr. Bob Grubbs have treated patients together at University Family Practice for 22 years. On Jan. 1, their practice will merge with Dr. Ramesh Peramsetty’s Alabama Family Medicine.

Nearly 4,000 patients will transfer to Peramsetty’s primary care office on Veterans Memorial Parkway. His clinics include Crimson Care Veterans and Crimson Care Skyland, Tuscaloosa MedSpa and Tuscaloosa Weight Loss Center and the Crimson Village specialty-care assisted-living facility.

Grubbs, who served for four years in the U.S. Army, will treat patients at the Tuscaloosa Veterans Administration Hospital, while Reynolds will work part-time with Peramsetty to ensure a smooth transition.

“We want to make sure patients are not in chaos, worrying about finding a new physician,” Peramsetty said. “It can be very difficult with waiting lists, so all these little details will be resolved.”

Patients who have been seeing Reynolds and Grubbs will be able to pick up their medical records from clinic on Veterans Memorial Parkway if they choose to see another doctor.

Most of the staff at University Family Practice will make the transition to Peramsetty’s clinic.

“This just looked like a good fit. Dr. Peramsetty agreed to accept all of our patients and maintain all their records so they won’t be left floundering,” Reynolds said. “They’ll have a place to go.”

Doctors have been seeing patients at the building next to the Million Dollar Band practice field since 1969. Reynolds and Grubbs bought the building from retiring partners and have worked together for 22 years.

“It’s been a good partnership, and the Tuscaloosa community has been good to us,” Grubbs said.

“We are looking forward to merging the two offices into the Crimson Care Network, and are so proud to ensure the health of so many and their families,” Peramsetty said.

He said patients can make appointments by calling 205-553-1900 to establish a continued plan for their health care needs. He noted the clinics provide weekend and after-hours care in addition to vaccinations, women’s health, family medicine, and geriatric care.

“We look forward to serving the needs of the Tuscaloosa Community at Alabama Family Medical Center, First Care, Crimson Urgent Care, Crimson Care, Tuscaloosa Weightloss, Life Fusions, Tuscaloosa MedSpa and the award-winning Crimson Village. We love being a growing part of the Tuscaloosa Community and look forward to serving the community’s medical needs.