What We Believe

The PONTIC Promise

“At PONTIC, we believe that dental offices and dental professionals can better serve themselves and their patients by employing the right people, in the right place, at the right time.
At PONTIC, we believe in challenging dental offices and dental professionals to innovate…together.
At PONTIC, we believe in consistency. We believe in proficiency. We believe in eliminating fees, raising salaries, and creating a lifestyle.
We believe in Empowerment.”


Meet The PONTIC Team

Sara Nolen, CEO, Founder

Sara Nolen
Sara NolenCEO/Founder

Sara has a BS in Dental Hygiene from the University of South Dakota and a MS in Dental Hygiene/Public Health from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Science. Sara is a Registered Dental Hygienist in the states of Colorado and South Dakota and a Registered Dental Assistant. Sara has over 10 years of clinical dental hygiene experience in the private and public health sector. Her work in public health has included grant writing, program development for school-based health clinics, community health programs, and nursing home programs. Sara has taught in the university setting, been a graduate advisor, and director of a dental assisting program. Her work in development includes an oral health app, ToothSense, aimed to improve oral health of children, and her current company, PONTIC.


In her spare time, Sara mountain bikes, snowboards, and enjoys frequent trail runs and hikes with her husky pups, Luna and Sol.

Paul Zimmerman, Partner

Paul Zimmerman
Paul ZimmermanPartner

Paul has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Penn State, and an MS in Information Networking from Carnegie-Mellon University. He has spent much of his career working in R&D in the telecommunications and video distribution industry, primarily leading systems integration and software quality assurance efforts.

In 2017, Paul joined PONTIC as a Partner where he currently leads the Software Development and IT efforts for the company. Paul is also the owner of Canyon Web Technologies, LLC, which contracts with other companies to help them build/update their websites.

When not working on software, Paul serves the community of Coal Creek Canyon as a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical responder, and volunteers with local fire mitigation projects. He also enjoys getting outside and exploring the Colorado backcountry.

Nicholas Nolen, Partner

Nicholas Bradley
Nicholas BradleyPartner

Nick’s academic background is in English, Ethics and Business and has a professional expertise in Technical Writing, Quality Management/Process Improvement, and Clinical Medicine. He has worked as a writing consultant and spent nearly 15 years in the medical field, working as a Paramedic Manager, in Health System Quality Assurance and Education, and in Wilderness Medicine. Nick’s current professional focus includes business project innovation, quality management, and clinical performance metrics.

Nick is still active in the medical community, working in a local university health system and volunteering with his local fire department. In his downtime, Nick enjoys telemark skiing, running, and cooking.

PONTIC’s History

The History of PONTIC

Cool Timeline


Offer Health Insurance

PONTIC began offering health insurance to temporary staff working just 3 days a week!

Launched in South Dakota

PONTIC was excited to offer our services in the state of South Dakota!

PONTIC Hires Dental Professionals as Employees

PONTIC hires their first Dental Professionals as employees! The hiring process is thorough and includes an employment application, reference check, background check, compliance training, and PONTIC Platform training.

Launches NEW Platform

PONTIC launches a new platform for users to create accounts in the Guest settings. The new platform includes: a Chat & Proposal feature for negotiating job rates and days, a Booking feature to Book PONTIC employees, a Time Clock feature, a Dashboard, and more!

Development Begins

Re-branding and planning stages were complete in late March. PONTIC begins working on development to add new features to the platform.

Development & Re-Branding Plans Begin

In order to meet the PONTIC Promise, PONTIC begins planning for an enhanced platform.


PONTIC wants to provide ALL dental professionals with the means to be successful, but still maintain the autonomy and lifestyle they seek. Combining a staffing agency business model with the PONTIC Platform, PONTIC employees have the freedom they seek and the comfort of employment.

Nicholas Nolen becomes Quality Manager

PONTIC brings on Nicholas Nolen as the Quality Manager.

Adds an Availability Feature

PONTIC adds a feature to enhance user experience. The availability feature provides a way for users to display the days they are looking to temp.

Paul Zimmerman joins PONTIC

PONTIC partners with Paul Zimmerman.

100 Users in 10 Days

PONTIC has 100 users join the platform in just a short ten days.


 PONTIC launches it’s MVP in Colorado as a platform that connects dental offices and temporary staff through an online marketplace.

PONTIC Begins Development of MVP

Development of PONTIC’s Minimal Viable Product (MVP) begins.