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About us

Get to Know Us

Dr. Brian Puent


Dr. Brian Puent has been an optometrist for 13 years – the last seven years in the Wausau, WI. He and his family enjoy the opportunities and quality of life that Wausau has to offer. By starting this private practice in 2016, he has the ability to provide a better eye care experience for patients. His goal is to deliver the appropriate services to meet the patients needs and develop a long-term relationship with you and your family. He believes each patient should be aware on all reasonable treatments based on the examination findings. By comparing and contrasting treatments and products, the patient can then make an informed decision.


  • Doctor of Optometry, The Ohio State University – 2004
  • Master of Science, The Ohio State University – 2003
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison – 2000

Professional Associations

  • American Optometric Association
  • Wisconsin Optometric Association
  • American Academy of Optometry
  • Ocular Nutrition Society

Former Practice Locations

  • Eyecare Center of Wausau, 2010 – 2016
  • Eye Wear Designs of Marshfield, 2013 – 2016
  • UW Health, Madison, WI, 2004 – 2009


  • Wausau Rotary Club
  • Cub Scout Leader
  • Central Wisconsin Speed Skating Club




Melissa Zalewski is a Certified Optician with 26 years of experience. She is dedicated to achieving the best quality care and earning the respect of her patients. Her goal is to match each patient’s needs to the best products. She also understands all of the Wausau area’s insurance and vision benefits plans. This means she is able to maximize the savings available to you.

Are you having trouble with your progressive lens, experiencing glare, or finding that your frame does not fit quite right? With her skills and optical knowledge, she will be able to comfortably adjust the frame, select the right lens design, recommend the right lens coatings, and explain how special lens features, like Transitions lenses, can enhance your vision.

When Melissa is not in the office at Rib Mountain Eye Care, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She has been married to her husband, Mark, for 25 years. She is also a dedicated mother to her son, Paul, daughter, Ava, and the “two boys” - their Pug dogs, Ralfie and Pugsy! She enjoys boating, water skiing, fitness and home improvement projects.

Melissa strives to make your optical experience fun and enjoyable!


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8:30 am-5:30 pm


8:30 am-5:30 pm


8:30 am-5:30 pm


8:30 am-5:30 pm


8:30 am-5:30 pm