Dr. Patrick Murphy
Message to Patients: “As a founding Doctor of this group of Optometry clinics, I have spent my professional life building an organization that is committed to eye care excellence. I aim to provide the best vision care solutions to protect and enhance your sight for life."
Dr. Patrick Murphy is a 1981 graduate of the University of Waterloo School of Optometry. He is the founding owner of Health Plus Optometry, Three Hills Optometry, and the group of practices that evolved into My Optometrist Calgary.
Dr. Murphy did not take long out of school to develop his first practice in the community of Midnapore. He welcomed the opportunity to move this practice within the same community to join a group of Doctors in a multi-disciplinary medical centre, enjoying the professional interactions of numerous health care professions including family medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, and later, ophthalmology. This office, Health Plus Optometry, ultimately became the cornerstone of the My Optometrist Calgary group.
While he worked to establish the practice in Calgary, Dr. Murphy was also committed to bringing eye care to smaller towns. In 1981 he founded Three Hills Optometry and fostered a strong bond with patients and staff through his years travelling to this clinic. This practice continues to serve the residents of Three Hills and the surrounding farming community today.
Along with other doctors in our group, he helped mentor our clinic expansions, which included the startup of South Calgary Eyecare, and the acquisition of Sunridge Vision Care in 2007.
Dr. Murphy has served as the director of the Southern Alberta Sight Enhancement Clinic, a specialty clinic devoted to helping those with low vision in conjunction with the CNIB. Thanks to his association with this clinic, Dr. Murphy was the first optometrist to receive hospital privileges at Rockyview Hospital. And continued to provide services related to his low vision specialty out of the Low Vision clinic located at the Rockyview Hospital through the 1990s, as well as for specialty low-vision patients that visit our Health Plus Optometry clinic.
Charity work has always been important to Dr. Murphy, leading to his involvement in eye care projects in the third world countries of Jamaica, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, Malawi, and most recently in Cambodia.
Dr. Murphy served for six years on the council of the Alberta Association of Optometry (AAO), including holding the position of President from September 2002 – 2004. He was certified in 2014 for advanced therapeutic medical eye care, allowing him to provide an expanded range of complex eye care services to his patients. He continually strives to improve his own skills and to contribute to the profession of optometry as a whole.
Throughout his eyecare career, Dr. Murphy identifies that one of his greatest appreciations in life are his boys, with whom he continues to share experiences and adventures in skiing, white water canoeing, wilderness hiking and camping.