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Punzal Vision

Our Team

Our team at Punzal Vision is our 'ohana. We work, play, and share our lives with each other. We are dedicated to providing professional, medically driven care to our patients and customers, enabling everyone to have their best vision.

Dr. Joel E. Punzal

Dr. Joel E. Punzal provides quality eye care for the residents and visitors of Kaua’i. He is able to help all age groups from infant to geriatric patients. Dr. Punzal diagnoses and treats eye diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, vitreous floaters,and red eyes. Dr. Punzal is proficient in the removal of ocular foreign bodies and the treatment of dry eye syndrome.

Hawai’i Optometric Association member
American Optometric Association member
Diagnostic and Therapeutic Ocular Pharmacology certified
Doctor of Optometry degree from Indiana University
Bachelor’s of Science degree from Seattle University
Voted Best of Kaua’i Optometrist in The Garden Island newspaper in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 (Listed in Best of Kaua’i Edition), 2019, & 2020

Dr. Punzal also provides co-management of refractive surgery (LASIK/PRK) with Aloha Laser Vision on Oahu.

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Brity Punzal MBA, CPO

Certified Paraoptometric

A native of Kansas, Brity moved to Kaua’i in 2009, where she met Dr. Joel E. Punzal. It was love at first sight. They were soon married and now have three beautiful daughters. Brity is a graduate in Finance from Kansas State University. She also has a Master’s in Business Administration from Strayer University. Brity has spent the past 16 years working in the accounting and finance field, in both the government and healthcare sectors. Five of those years were spent working abroad in Kuwait and Qatar. Brity is an advocate for physical activity and early childhood reading. She enjoys playing with her children, traveling, and getting caught in the rain.

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Pua Cobb-Adams CPOA, NCLEC

Certified Paraoptometric Assistant, National Contact Lens Examiners Certified
Lead Paraoptometric Assistant

Born and raised on Kaua’i, Pua Cobb-Adams graduated from Pacific University in Oregon with a degree in Biology with an emphasis in Molecular and Cellular Biology and a minor in Spanish. She is also an honors graduate of The Kamehameha Schools. Pua is certified by the American Optometric Association as a Certified Paraoptometric Assistant. Pua, who has been in the eye care field since 2006, has also been certified by the National Contact Lens Examiners association and by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology as a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant. Pua resides in Ho'oluana in Hanamaulu with her husband Erin and their five children Dylan, Kalaunuiohua, Kahanohāweo, Wainohia, and Ka’ōnohihiwahiwa. She is very involved with her childrens’ school and sports activities, and her ‘ohana’s interests include going to the beach, traveling, and Hawaiian language and culture.

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Lehua Watanabe CPO

Certified Paraoptometric
Patient Relations Coordinator

A dedicated mother to three sons, Ryder, Bryden and Rydge, Lehua is a graduate of Pacific University (Major in Psychology) and the Kamehameha Schools. She has also worked as a preschool teacher while living in Oregon. Lehua is passionate about physical fitness, and she also enjoys spending quality time with her boyfriend Bryson and their boys. Always friendly and eager to assist, Lehua brings enthusiasm and camaraderie to the Punzal Vision team.

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Casey Ai CPO

Certified Paraoptometric

Casey, who joined the Punzal Vision team in 2016, has been a patient of Dr. Punzal’s for many years. She graduated from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa with a degree in Secondary Education (Mathematics). Casey also works as a substitute teacher in the public schools here on Kaua’i and loves spending time outdoors with her husband Ao Kai Ai and dog Aiko.

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Brittney Marcos


Brittney Marcos joined our team in October of 2019. Not only is she a long time patient, but she's also Casey's sister-in-law. She is a wife, mother of three, and has a passion for bodybuilding and physique. Brittney won 1st place in The Shawn Ray Bikini Competition in November of 2019 and 5th place in the NPC Worldwide Amateur Olympia in Orlando Florida in 2020. She graduated from Kaua'i High School in 2008 and always wanted to be in the customer service industry as she has a natural connection and want to help others. As soon as you walk into Punzal Vision, you'll be greeted with her bubbly and fun personality which radiates through our office.

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Nicole Baguyo


Nicole joined the Punzal Vision team in June 2021. She and her family have been patients of Dr. Punzal for many years, and she loved it here so much she just couldn’t wait to join the team! Originally from the Philippines, Nicole is a recent graduate of Kauai High School and is currently taking liberal arts classes at KCC before entering the Medical Assisting Program.

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Keahi Mattos


Keahi is a 2019 graduate of Waimea High School. Hailing from the beautiful west side of Kauai (Kekaha to be exact), you will be greeted by Keahi as soon as you walk through our doors as he is our newest optician! He enjoys outdoor activities - especially volleyball - and is always on the go and staying active. This friendly fellow is ready to help you pick out your next pair of glasses!

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