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Crownsville Office
410.923.3040

Hours of Operation
Mon-Thurs 8am to 8pm
Fri 8am to 6pm
Sat 8am to 4pm
Sun 9am to 12pm


Annapolis Office
410.571.8480

Hours of Operation
Mon-Thurs 1pm to 5pm
Fri 4pm to 8pm
Sat 9am to 1pm

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Meet Bay Country Veterinary Hospital’s Dedicated Veterinarians & Staff

Our Veterinarians

Dr. Gene Bauer

Gene Bauer, DVM

Dr. Bauer was born in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and then raised in central New Jersey. The Shenandoah Valley lured him back for his college years, where he earned his undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Virginia Tech. After spending summers working for a local veterinarian, he was excited to gain entry to, and ultimately graduate from, the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. He chose Maryland as a perfect place to settle, in part due to its proximity to friends and family.

Dr. Bauer has been practicing at Bay Country since 2004 and lives in the Crownsville community of Herald Harbor. He shares a home with his significant other, Sarah, and their Italian Greyhound, Spanky. Be sure to wave if you see them running in the neighborhood! Dr. Bauer’s special practice interests include challenging skin cases and soft tissue surgery. When he’s not at the office, he enjoys camping and hiking with Sarah and Spanky, a round of golf with friends, and rooting for the Hokies!

Dr. Samantha Smith

Samantha Smith, DVM

Dr. Smith grew up in Takoma Park, Maryland. She attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she received an undergraduate degree in animal science. She then attended Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 1999.

Dr. Smith has been with Bay Country Veterinary Hospital since graduation. When not working, she enjoys riding and competing in dressage with her three horses. She resides in the local community of Herald Harbor and is owned by four dogs, three cats, and an assortment of other small animals.

Dr. Paula Prestia

Paula Prestia, DVM

A native of Severna Park, Dr. Prestia received her undergraduate degree in Mass Communications and History from the University of Virginia. After working at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins and the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Prestia switched gears and earned her doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. Her special interests include ophthalmology and internal medicine.

Dr. Prestia lives in Arnold and shares her home with her four cats (Jimmy, Carter, Lucy, and Lilly) and her mixed breed dog Grace. In her free time, she studies American Sign Language and enjoys gardening, cooking, photography, swimming, boating on the bay, and cheering for her beloved Wahoos!

Dr. Rebecca McLean

Rebecca McLean, DVM

Dr. McLean grew up in Harford County, Maryland, and is very pleased to be back in her home state after practicing for several years in Virginia. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Barnard College, Dr. McLean worked as a veterinary technician in Manhattan for several years before deciding to return to school for her DVM. Dr. McLean attended Ross University, and completed her clinical studies at Purdue University.

Outside of work, Dr. McLean enjoys sailing, kayaking, and hiking with her beloved pit bull Coco (feel free to ask her to see pictures, she will happily show you thousands of them.) Dr. McLean lives in Stevensville with her significant other (who is also a veterinarian), Coco, as well as 3 yorkies and two cats.

Dr. Heather Dearie

Heather Dearie, DVM

Dr Dearie joined the Bay Country family in October of 2014. She grew up in Millersville, Maryland. Dr. Dearie attended Salisbury University where she received an undergraduate degree in Biology. She then attended Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts and graduated in 2007. Dr. Dearie enjoys working with dogs and cats, as well as exotics (ferrets, rabbits, rodents, reptiles, and birds).

When not at work, Dr. Dearie enjoys spending time with her two children, husband, and three cats. She also enjoys the outdoors and arts and crafts activities with her children.

Bay Country Veterinary Hospital’s Staff

Nancy Barham

Nancy Barham

Nancy has been providing exceptional service to Bay Country's pet patients and their owners since 1978. She enjoys aerobics and gardening in her spare time. She lives with her husband, their rescue dog and several rescue fish.

Rachel Bates

Rachel Bates

Rachel graduated from Wilson College with a degree in veterinary medical technology and became a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2008. She has been a member of the Bay Country family since 2009. She lives with her husband, David, and their four cats.

Victoria Jones

Victoria Jones

Victoria has been with Bay Country since January 2013. She works both as a Receptionist and as a Vet Tech and is pursuing a pre-veterinary degree at AACC. Victoria loves to spoil her cat Kristofferson and enjoys cooking, watching movies, and volunteering at local animal shelters.

Christina Lopez

Christina Lopez

Christina has been a member of the Bay Country family since 2006. She previously worked for the SPCA of Anne Arundel County and has a bachelor's degree in science from the University of Maryland. She lives in Annapolis with her husband, two dogs and cat.

Stephanie Vann

Stephanie Vann

Stephanie came back to our Bay Country family in October 2012, after having temporarily relocated to Pennsylvania. She's been a Vet Tech since 2005 and enjoys it very much. She also enjoys family time with her husband, daughter, dog, cats, and ferret. Stephanie has a special love for our (sometimes misunderstood) bully breeds.

Lindsay Ward

Lindsay Ward

Lindsay joined the Bay Country family in 2005 and is the Administrative Supervisor. She graduated from Stevenson University in May 2012 with a bachelor's degree in biology. In her spare time, Lindsay enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and playing on social sports teams. She lives in Crownsville with her family, and three little dogs.

Janet Ward-Dyer

Janet Ward-Dyer

Janet has been the Hospital Administrator at Bay Country since 2004. Her previous experience includes 15+ years of management roles in human hospitals, where she was never licked in the face by patients. She has three grown children and three little dogs, Simon, Alvin, and Theodore.

Sarah Laser

Sarah Laser

Sarah recently rejoined the Bay Country team in 2014, after having her daughter Gabrielle. Sarah lives with her husband, daughter, their three cats and a rabbit. In her spare time, Sarah loves to spend quality time with her family.

Amber Baker

Amber Baker

Amber joined the Bay Country family in May 2014. She has four children and two dogs. In her spare time, you can find Amber spending time with her family or at a ballfield cheering on her children.

Cheyanne Cook

Cheyanne Cook

Cheyanne joined the Bay Country family in August of 2014. Her love of animals encouraged her to go into the veterinary field. She enjoys interacting with the various pets that come in every day. She lives in Severn with her family and their dog Sheba. In her free time, Cheyanne enjoys reading, photography, and swimming.

Alyssa Farah

Alyssa Farah

Alyssa has been with Bay Country since June 2014. She enjoys being surrounded by animals every day at work. Alyssa lives in Pasadena with her two dogs, Skittles and Bubba. When she isn't working, she enjoys spending time outdoors, catching up on shows through Netflix, and catching up on sleep.

Vicki Beinhart

Vicki Beinhart

Vicki joined the Bay Country family in August of 2014. She recently returned to Maryland after earning her bachelor's degree in Australia. In her free time, she enjoys exploring outdoors and pampering her cats.

Diane Jones

Diane Jones

Diane rejoined the Bay Country family in September of 2013. She has always had a strong desire to work with animals. She most enjoys helping clients improve their pets' overall health and quality of life. Diane lives in Millersville with her son, Mason, two dogs and two cats. In her free time, she enjoys exploring local parks, exploring local restaurants and bars, and cheering on the Orioles and Redskins.

Kim Patchett

Kim Patchett

Kim joined the Bay Country family in October of 2014. She earned her associate's degree in Business Management, and has completed veterinary technician assistant classes. When she isn't working, Kim enjoys spending time with her kids and cheering them on at their sporting events.