Lilisha & Sharon

Who We Are

Dietitians Explore! Education Exchange Inc. is the product of Lilisha and Sharon’s shared passion for world travel and exploration combined with their dedication to advancing dietetic practice and education. Dietitians Explore! Education Exchange is the only organization that arranges exciting international trips for Canadian future dietetic professionals.

Our vision is to connect future dietetic professionals and experienced dietetic professionals from around the world in order to strengthen the international dietetic community, one trip at a time.

Our mission is to offer future dietetic professionals personally and professionally rewarding travel experiences that build cultural competence and dietetic knowledge amongst the participants and the hosts.



Lilisha Burris

Registered Dietitian (RD)
Master of Health Science in Nutrition Communication (MHSc)

Lilisha is the co-founder and a director of Dietitians Explore!

Since 2006 Lilisha has worked as a Registered Dietitian in community, clinical and health promotion settings. She has experience in food policy, client counselling, menu development and review, diet evaluation, project management, communication, and population health initiatives. During her dietetic internship, Lilisha was the only intern who pursued an international practicum. She had to find a host in another country and arrange all of the details. After many emails, phone calls and polite rejections, she was finally welcomed by a dietitian in Monterrey, Mexico. She completed a practicum there, which had a lasting impact on her practice. Since that time Lilisha has been thinking of a way to offer this unique experience to other dietetic interns and this is how Dietitians Explore! was born.

Lilisha has presented at national and international professional conferences and is published in the peer-reviewed journal, Health Promotion Practice. Lilisha enjoys experimenting in the kitchen and she has an ever-growing recipe collection of the tastiest dishes from her family and friends around the world.

Lilisha has led Dietitians Explore! trips to Budapest, Hungary and Essen, Germany. She has also hosted dietitians and students from Hungary in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with the Ryerson University School of Nutrition.

Read the story of how Lilisha was inspired by her trip to Mexico



Sio Khuan (Sharon) Khoo

Registered Dietitian (RD)
Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)

Sharon is the co-founder and a director of Dietitians Explore!

Since 2006 Sharon has worked as a Registered Dietitian in a variety of settings, including in clinical, research, community and camp settings.

Sharon’s passion lies in the delivery of nutrition care especially in the health of marginalized population and persons with chronic conditions. Sharon was instrumental in initiating and planning the development of a Diabetes Education Program at a specialized women’s community health centre in Toronto. She was actively involved in the delivery of the program and its evaluation.  Sharon has also presented at various national and international dietetic and diabetes conferences.

In her practice she mentored many Canadian and internationally educated dietetic interns. Having grown up in Malaysia and recognizing the impact of globalization on human health, she became interested in connecting nutrition and dietetics practice with healthcare providers from around the world.

When she is not busy drafting up innovative ideas to help individuals make healthy eating choices, Sharon can be found trekking the globe admiring the gifts of nature while enjoying the hottest and spiciest foods that can be found, paired with the best of wines.



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