Meet The Doctor
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, and 2016
Dr. Punzal also provides co-management of refractive surgery (LASIK/PRK) with Aloha Laser Vision on Oahu.
Brity Punzal MBA, CPO
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 two 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 13 years working in the accounting and finance field, primarily in the Goverment sector. 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.
Pua Cobb-Adams CPOA, NCLEC
Certified Paraoptometric Assistant, National Contact Lens Examiners Certified
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 Anahola 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.
Lehua Watanabe CPO
Support Services Manager
A dedicated mother to two sons, Ryder and Bryden, Lehua is a graduate of Pacific University and the Kamehameha Schools. A Psychology major, 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.
Karl-Anthony La’akea Oshiro ABO, NCLEC
American Board of Opticianry Certified, National Contact Lens Examiners Certified
Karl-Anthony, also known as La’akea, joined the Punzal Vision team in early 2017. An experienced optician, Karl-Anthony is certified by the American Board of Opticianry and the National Contact Lens Examiners. Karl-Anthony, a Licensed Optician, has been working in the eye care field since 2009. His style and knowledge compliments his friendly personality, and he is a great asset to Punzal Vision. Karl-Anthony was born and raised here on Kaua’i and graduated from Kapa’a High School.
Tianne Castillo CPO
Certified Paraoptometric & Director of Social Media
After graduating from Kaua’i High School in 2013, Tianne always knew she wanted a career in the medical field. She received her Certification as a Medical Assistant and joined the Punzal Vision team in March 2017 with previous experience as an Ophthalmic Technician. During her free time, you’ll most likely find her ourdoors with her fur baby Isabella.
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.
Shaylyn, a recent graduate of Kauai High School, is welcomed to the Punzal Vision team as our Optometric Intern. She will be attending Kauai Community College for 2 years and plans to attend Pacific University in Oregon to further her education. Her future goal is to become an Optometrist. She loves spending time with her family and friends and enjoys dancing ballet.
Growing up, Angelique always admired and looked up to her Aunt, an Occupational Therapist. Immediately after graduating from Kaua’i High School in 2017, she pursued a job as an Ophthalmic Assistant. Punzal Vision welcomes her to our team as she is eager to learn more within the eye care profession. Spending quality time with her family, friends, and boyfriend Harrison is what she enjoys most.