An estimated 61 million adults in the United States are at risk for serious vision loss, but only half visited an eye doctor in the last 12 months.
– Centers for Disease Control

Meet Our Optometrists

“Look” No Further! You’ve Found Tucson’s Finest Optometrists

Our optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.

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Dr. John Murphy
Dr. Murphy has over 26 years of experience in Optometry, including 13 years of practice in Tucson. Dr. Murphy originally hails from Michigan, where he attended Central Michigan University prior to attending the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (now known as Salus University) in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Murphy received his Doctorate in Optometry in 1991 and moved to Colorado to begin his career.

While in Colorado he met his wife Caroline, a Tucson native and U of A graduate. They moved to Tucson in 2005 and now have two wonderful daughters.

Dr. Murphy enjoys spending time with his family and recreating in the White Mountains. He also enjoys playing the bagpipes, which he first learned in Colorado. He has played locally with the Hugh O’Conor Memorial Pipe band, and currently plays with the Tucson and District Pipe Band.

Dr. Murphy has worked with Dr. Mulgrew since 2006 and is proud to be a partner at Affinity Eyecare.

Dr. Gabriel Zelaya
Gabriel Zelaya, O.D. received his Doctor of Optometry from Pacific University in 2021 and earned his Bachelor of Science in Physiology, with a double minor in biochemistry and psychology, from the University of Arizona. Dr. Zelaya received extensive training during multiple internships at the Lexington VA Medical Center specializing in treating and managing various ocular diseases, including macular degeneration and glaucoma; and at a surgical center in Denver which specialized in managing pre- and post-operative care for refractive and cataract surgeries; and at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego where he focused on primary eyecare for our active-duty service men and women.

Dr. Zelaya recalls that his youngest brother’s life-saving eye exam and surgery served as his motivation to become an optometrist. Seeing the happiness on the faces of young children when they see across a room clearly for the first time or providing relief to a person who comes in with severe eye pain are just two of the many reasons he loves being an optometrist. Dr. Zelaya truly enjoys helping people in any way possible.

In his time away from the office, Dr. Zelaya loves spending time with his beautiful wife and daughter. He is fluent in Spanish and enjoys cooking, biking, and watching all sports events for the University of Arizona.

Dr. Steven Rosen

Steven Rosen, O.D. received his Doctor of Optometry from the Indiana University School of Optometry in 1979, and earned his Bachelor of Science in Optometry from the same university. Dr. Rosen is a Life Member in the American Optometric Association, and is a member of the Arizona Optometric Association, and the Southern Arizona Optometric Society.

Dr. Rosen is a native of Indiana and, after graduation, he and his wife, Dr. Karen Rosen, moved to St. Louis, Missouri, and founded their own private optometry practice before moving to Tucson, Arizona, in 2019. Dr. Rosen’s choice of a career in optometry was influenced by his father and grandfather, both of whom were optometrists. He recalls that they were very satisfied in their careers and that he respected how much they were able to help people. Dr. Rosen enjoys being able to use his knowledge to improve his patients’ vision and have a positive impact in their everyday lives.

When Dr. Rosen is not treating patients, his hobbies include photography, playing golf, watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball, and playing with his granddaughter.