The Dental Festival Events in New Orleans 2023
ELIJAH DESMOND - Owner of The Dental Festival | Smiles At Sea
Elijah Desmond began his professional career at the age of 15 as a youth motivational speaker. Always drawn to helping others, Elijah later pursued a degree in healthcare at The Ohio State University. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene, Elijah moved to Hawaii and worked in private practice for a brief period. Never complacent, he started his first of many businesses after leaving clinical dentistry and identifies as a “serial entrepreneur”. Elijah now resides in South Florida with his wife and 2 daughters.
Elijah gets to share his love for music as an emcee and DJ to large crowds! He is also Vice President for a non-profit called Beyond the Game, which offers development programs for 3rd grade students called Guys With Ties and Girls with Pearls. Whether he is planning, speaking, emceeing, or DJing, Elijah has been involved in over 500 events. Although he has a wide range of experience, Elijah is most passionate about delivering motivational concerts to young students in high schools worldwide. He has spoken over 1,000 hours collectively and participates in events in 2-3 locations per month.
Elijah’s events and experiences focus on two things: FUN and Education. Known for having engaging speeches and incorporating motivation into all of his events, Elijah is adamant that a fun atmosphere is essential to learning. Elijah is best known for turning traditional conferences into exciting, modern day events and festivals. You also may know him for creating Smiles at Sea cruise conferences.
Join Elijah and travel the world, one educational experience at a time!
SHAUNA HURST - Vice president of operations at The Dental Festival
ENSURING THE EVENTS RUN SMOOTHLY IS SHAUNA'S JAM. SHE LEADS OUR TEAM AND OVERSEES ALL ASPECTS OF OUR EVENTS TO BE SURE THAT HAPPENS. OVER THE YEARS IN AND OUT OF HER PROFESSIONAL LIFE SHAUNA ALWAYS FOUND HERSELF ORGANIZING AND PLANNING FUN EVENTS. SO EVENT PLANNING IS A NATURAL FIT FOR HER SECOND CAREER AFTER DENTAL HYGIENE.
SANDRA BERGER - CE Concierge| Registered Dental Hygienist | Speaker at The Dental Festival
SANDRA IS AN EXPERT IN ALL ASPECTS OF CONTINUING EDUCATION. AS A REGISTERED DENTAL HYGIENIST, AGD PACE PROVIDER, WRITER AND NATIONAL SPEAKER, SHE IS UNIQUELY QUALIFIED TO ENSURE OUR COURSES COMPLY WITH ACCREDITATION STANDARDS. SHE LOVES TO TRAVEL, MEET NEW PEOPLE, AND HELP OUR GUESTS GET THE ANSWERS THEY NEED.
MICHELLE BARRIOS - Director of events at The Dental Festival
MICHELLE HAS A KNACK FOR FITTING THE PUZZLE PIECES TOGETHER. SHE HANDLES THE FOUNDATIONAL PART OF THE PLANNING, ALL THE WAY TO ON-SITE & POST EVENT. WHEN PLANNING MEGA EVENTS EVERY DETAIL MATTERS. MICHELLE ENSURES WE HAVE THE TOOLS NEEDED FOR SUCCESS.
KATE MCKINNEY - Influencer Concierge and The Speaker at Dental Festival
AFTER WORKING IN PRIVATE PRACTICE AS A HYGIENIST FOR OVER A DECADE, KATE JOINED THE TEAM IN 2021 AS THE SPEAKER AND INFLUENCER CONCIERGE. KATE’S FUN-LOVING PERSONALITY IS A GREAT FIT FOR THE TEAM. SHE WORKS CLOSELY WITH SPEAKERS AND INFLUENCERS TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE WELL-INFORMED AND HAVE A GREAT EXPERIENCE AT OUR EVENTS.
ALLISON JUST - Vendor Concierge | Providing customer service at The Dental Festival
ALLISON JOINED OUR TEAM IN 2021.PROVIDING CUSTOMER SERVICE IS HER SPECIALTY. SHE HAS A CARING HEART AND BRINGS ANOTHER LEVEL OF FUN TO THE TEAM. VENDORS ARE AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR EVENT. EVERYTHING THEY NEED WILL BE DISCUSSED & CATERED TO BY ALLISON.
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