Our Team

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.

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Brity Punzal 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 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.

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Pua Cobb-Adams CPOA, NCLEC

Certified Paraoptometric Assistant, National Contact Lens Examiners Certified

Practice Manager

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.

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Lehua Watanabe CPO

Certified Paraoptometric

Support Services Manager / Ophthalmic Assistant

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.

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Karl-Anthony La’akea Oshiro ABO, NCLEC

American Board of Opticianry Certified, National Contact Lens Examiners Certified

Licensed Optician

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.

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Amanda Limpert CPO

Certified Paraoptometric

Ophthalmic Assistant

After graduating from Kaua’i High School, Amanda attended Western Oregon University. She received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Community Health Education and a Minor in Human Biology in 2016. A longtime patient of Dr. Punzal’s, Amanda’s sweet personality welcomes all who walk through the front doors. She joined the Punzal Vision team in March 2017.

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Tianne Castillo CPO

Certified Paraoptometric

Ophthalmic Assistant

Tianne Castillo, a Certified Medical Assistant, joined Punzal Vision in March 2017 with previous experience as an Ophthalmic Technician. Born and raised on Kaua’i, she is a 2013 Kaua’i High School graduate. She is a passionate animal lover and enjoys frolicking with turtles, bird watching, and caring for fish. She absolutely loves spending time with her dog Bella and will happily share with you photographs of her fur baby dressed in cute outfits. She is thrilled to work every day right across from Petco.

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Casey Segawa

Ophthalmic Assistant

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.

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Bradley Mendoza

Optometric Intern

Bradley, a Kaua’i High School graduate, is an aspiring optometrist.  He graduated from Pacific University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology in May 2017.  Bradley has been Dr. Punzal’s patient since grade school, and since high school, he has dedicated his summer and winter breaks to working at Punzal Vision as an intern.  He is a great asset to Punzal Vision, and he will continue to gain knowledge as part of the team in preparation for optometry school.

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