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. Laura Gudenkauf
Dr. Laura Gudenkauf grew up in Tucson and received her undergraduate degree in physiology from the University of Arizona in 2010. She and her husband then moved to Columbus, where they both attended graduate programs at the Ohio State University. Upon receiving her optometry degree from OSU in 2014, she and her husband were happy to return to their hometown.

Dr. Gudenkauf has completed internships at the Huntington VA Medical Center, and practices specializing in cataract surgery and refractive eye surgery, and in several specialty clinics at OSU including: contact lens, ocular disease, low vision rehabilitation, binocular vision and pediatrics. She received top academic honors from both the U of A and OSU, and has received numerous awards for academic achievement and leadership in her community and profession. Dr. Gudenkauf was her class secretary, a member of SVOSH (a humanitarian organization that travels abroad to provide eye care to those with limited health care access), and an officer in two honor societies: Gold Key and Beta Sigma Kappa.

Dr. Gudenkauf is passionate about eye care and is a member of the American Optometric Association, Arizona Optometric Association, and Southern Arizona Optometric Society. Her eye care focuses include diagnosing and managing ocular diseases, particularly dry eye syndrome, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and contact lens complications. Dr. Gudenkauf also enjoys working with specialty contact lenses, and had the honor to receive the 2014 GP Contact Lens Clinical Excellence Award from OSU for her work fitting patients with keratoconus in corneal GP lenses and scleral lenses. Other interests include horseback riding, dog agility, archery, board games, scuba diving, and travelling.

I am passionate about getting to know you and working to address your individualized eye care needs. Whether it’s providing urgent eye care, using our state-of-the-art instrumentation to help diagnose and treat ocular diseases (particularly dry eye), or working meticulously to fine-tune glasses and contact lens prescriptions, I am happy to help. I am particularly passionate about providing specialty contact lens fittings if you’re struggling with comfort, vision, or fit due to unusual prescription, dry eye, or a corneal condition like keratoconus or scarring. I look forward to meeting you.

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.