About Me


As a teen I was passionate about both cooking and sports so it was no great surprise that I gravitated towards the field of nutrition.

I qualified as a state registered dietitian from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen in 1992 and over the last 20 years I have observed the changes in our society; as we become busier and more stressed in our daily lives, unhealthy foods have become the easy option.

Even as a professional dietitian, I am not immune to weight issues – as I get a little bit older I have noticed that maintaining a healthy weight is getting harder so I understand the struggles faced by many of my clients.

A little bit of history

After graduation I spent time as a research dietitian at Ninewells hospital in Dundee, researching pharmaceutical solutions to obesity before moving to a clinical post in Manchester.

In 1995, I took up post as a community dietitian in Perth and Kinross, Tayside in Scotland. While there I combined a clinical workload with studying for an MSc in Health Promotion and Health Education.


I joined the innovative Counterweight weight management project team in 2003.

Counterweight is a weight management programme that has been developed, delivered, rolled out and evaluated in GP practices across the UK. This was a fantastic opportunity to work with 7 world renowned opinion leaders in obesity and a team of 14 state registered dietitians and nutritionists. The pinnacle of this time was presenting at the International Congress of Obesity in Sydney in 2007.

I set up Dows Diets in 2012 to devote more time to the care of clients with mixed dietary needs, to specialise in providing recommendations and support to allow you to regain control of your diet and health. It also allows me to indulge in my passion for writing.

A note about Professional Responsibility

State registered dietitians work within a strict ethical code of conduct. They use the most up to date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease. They translate this into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.

Member of the British Dietetic Association (BDA). The professional association for registered dietitians in Great Britain and N. Ireland. Visit www.bda.uk.com for more details.

Member of HCPC who only register professionals who meet set standards for training, professional skills and behaviour. Log onto www.hpc-uk.org to see what this means and how members of the public are protected.

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If your diet is making you blue,
Then Dows diet is the one for you.

Worried about your own gut health,
And wanting to find a better sense of self.

Worried about your weight,
Slim or not, then make a date.

A non judgemental consultation for you,
To help support the changes that you must do.

Make that change, don’t delay,
Phone for an appointment with Maria today.


  • Integral member of Tayside Dietetic Consortium that developed dietetic standards of practice for treatment of obesity and cardiovascular disease.
  • Member of research team who developed an evidence based programme of weight management and rolled it out nationally.
  • Lead author of a research paper in “Obesity Research and Clinical Practice” 2008.
  • Member of writing team which published 4 research papers in peer-reviewed journals 2005 and 2011.
  • Publication of articles to healthcare and general press.
  • Funding Facilitator for East of Scotland branch of BDA 2005-2007.
  • Presented at the “International Congress of Obesity” Sydney 2007.

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