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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
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

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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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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Nicole Baguyo

Paraoptometric

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

Optician

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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Sage Watanabe LPN

Paraoptometric

Sage graduated from Kapa'a High School in 2016. She attentended West Kauai CNA Program to obtain her CNA License. She also attended Kaua’i Community College to receive her Associates in Liberal Arts and became a Licensed Practical Nurse in 2021. In her free time she enjoys spending time at the park with friends, playing basketball, and baking!

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Steph Rose-Taylan

Paraoptometric

Steph graduated from Kauai High School in 2012 and ever since, has tried her hand at everything from musical theatre, makeup artistry/cosmetology, early childhood education, banking, and now Opticianry with a sprinkle of billing! She finds excitement in knowing a little bit of everything! She also loves to crochet, plan Disney trips, and spoil her dog.

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Princess Nakayama

Paraoptometric

Princess was born and raised in the Philippines and moved to Kaua'i at the age of 11. She attended Kapa'a High School before going on to study at Kaua'i Community College to become a Medical Assistant. She loves working in the medical profession and being of service to the community of Kaua'i. In her free time, Princess, enjoys spending time with friends and family, planning vacations, and doing makeup!

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Jessica Manzano

Paraoptometric

Jessica was born and raised on Kaua'i and graduated from Kapa'a High School before attending Kaua'i Community College for a degree in Liberal Arts and Natural Science. She enjoys gaming and watching movies, and loves the reward of helping others in her work with Punzal Vision. Jessica has been a member of Team Punzal Vision since 2022!

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