Meet Elijah Desmond, onDiem’s Dental Influencer Advisor

July 12, 2022

PORTLAND, ORE., Jul 4, 2022 — onDiem is pleased to announce that Elijah Desmond, RDH, BS, CEO of Smiles at Sea as well as The Dental Festival, is joining their advisory board. Desmond is also the creator of the popular social media group, Trapped in an Op, which includes 21,000 members and is growing rapidly. The forum provides dental industry peers with alternative options to clinical careers.


Desmond is a well-known dental professional who uses his expertise to connect individuals who are just starting out with more seasoned experts. He also has a passion for helping others grow their careers and achieve professional satisfaction by leveraging non-clinical opportunities.

“I became a hygienist because I love treating patients and making them feel great about their smiles; but, after I got burnt out, I realized that there are so many other opportunities to support our industry than just working clinically. I quickly realized that by providing opportunities for networking, collaboration, and growth— both personally and professionally— for my colleagues, we all found a deeper appreciation for the industry we already love,” said Desmond.

He added, “I really appreciate onDiem’s singular platform that empowers hygienists to choose their own schedule while maintaining W-2 employee status with benefits.”

“onDiem’s mission is to care the people who care for others; this ethos aligns perfectly with Elijah’s dedication to enriching the lives of dental professionals,” stated Joe Fogg, CEO onDiem.

Added Fogg, “Elijah has a joyful spirit and the unique ability to connect dental professionals with influencers and help them to be the best versions of themselves. We are thrilled to have him on our advisory board.”

Elijah Desmond, CEO of The Dental Festival and Smiles at Sea, began his career at age 15 as a motivational speaker and still speaks for kids internationally. Elijah graduated as a dental hygienist from The Ohio State University. After starting over 20 businesses he created the book Serial Entrepreneur From Startup To Success which became a bestseller. He enjoys bringing the fun and energy to all corporate conventions and events including his own! He is currently on Tour on his tour bus called “MOTO- VATION” to major conferences all over the country. He enjoys helping people create fun events and conventions in tropical destinations that attract massive crowds! He is most known in dentistry for his dental influencer conferences called Dentistry’s Got Talent where as many as 200 or more dental influencers regularly gather to network and collaborate. These influencers range from speakers, consultants, podcasters, social media influencers to DSO influencers.

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