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 Doctors
“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.
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. Stephanie Gee
Dr. Stephanie Gee grew up in Southern California but has lived and traveled all across the US. She began her career in the optical field in 2006 as an optician while completing her Bachelor of Science at California State University, Fullerton. While working as an optician Dr. Gee discovered a passion for specialty contact lenses and decided to go back to school to pursue optometry.
She attended Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) and completed her Doctorate of Optometry and Master in Public Health with honors. At MCPHS she coordinated a low vision community group of VIPs (visually impaired persons) to educate the public and city officials about visual impairment and sighted guide.
Dr. Gee has been awarded both the Award of Excellence in Contact Lens Patient Care Grant and Clinical Excellence Award in Anterior Segment and Contact Lens.
After graduating Dr. Gee completed a Cornea and Contact Lens residency at Indiana School of Optometry. It was here that Dr. Gee received additional training in specialty contact lenses, myopia management, orthokeratology, and dry eye treatments. During her residency, Dr. Gee presented at The American Academy of Optometry and Global Specialty Lens Symposium.
In her free time Dr. Gee enjoys going to the Disney parks, training for her next run, and watching football. She is working on visiting all 50 states and only has a few left.