Temecula and Murrieta Creek Optometry

Dr. Gio Venitelli
Dr. Katie Dugan

Two convenient locations to serve you!mco_square-black

39252 Winchester Road
Suite 127
Murrieta, CA 92563
(951) 600-9226




31333 Temecula Parkway (HWY 79 South)
Suite C10-140
Temecula, CA 92592
(951) 302-1331





gioDr. Gio Venittelli

Dr. Gio Venittelli, optometrist, relocated to Temecula from Orange County in 2004. He has over 30 years of experience in the eye care industry.

Dr. Venittelli grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota and attended the University Minnesota for his undergraduate work. He received his doctorate from Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton. He graduated Summa Cum Laude.

For seventeen years, Dr. Venittelli practiced Optometry at a large medical group of 75 physicians in Long Beach, California. Dr. Venittelli has a special interest in eye disease detection and management, an interest fostered over the many years of working closely with ophthalmologists. He yearned to leave corporate health care and to have a practice of his own in an area with a small-town feel. Temecula offered the perfect opportunity.

Gio, his wife, and 2 daughters love Temecula. Mary, his wife, teaches Special Education at Chaparral High School. Gio enjoys playing softball, cycling, skiing, tennis, playing piano, and country walks with his wife.

Dr. Gio was excited to welcome his daughter, Dr. Katie Dugan, as an associate optometrist in June of 2014. They look forward to serving you!


katie-duganDr. Katie Dugan

Dr. Katie Dugan, optometrist, attended California State University, San Marcos for her undergraduate work. She received her doctorate from Western University of Health Sciences, College of Optometry in Pomona in 2014. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with the highest grade on Part I and II of National Boards in her class. Dr. Dugan joined her father in practice after working in the office for nearly 9 years as the office manager.

Dr. Dugan has a special interest vision therapy and pediatric vision care, an area of optometry that Western University emphasizes. This interest grew out of Dr. Dugan’s love of children and her close work with her mother, Mary Venittelli, who is a special education teacher in the Temecula school district.To learn more about what Vision Therapy is, please visit this website:  College of Optometrists in Vision Development.

Dr. Dugan and her husband of 6 years live in South Temecula. They enjoy hiking, riding bikes, and camping together with their dog, Hank.

Dr. Dugan has a passion for humanitarian mission trips. She has performed eye exams and delivered glasses to El Salvador, Jamaica, Ghana, and Mexico. (See photos below)

She looks forward to taking care of all of your and your family’s eye care needs.