Meet Our Team

Our Veterinarians

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 wife, 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.

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.

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.

Carrie Poff

DVM

Dr. Carrie Poff joined our Bay Country family in December 2015. She grew up in Fincastle, Virginia, surrounded by horses, farms and a menagerie of pets.

Dr. Poff attended Virginia Tech and graduated with an undergrad degree in Biology, and worked several years as a veterinary technician before returning to school to become a veterinarian. She obtained her DVM in 2005 from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, and practiced in Virginia and New York before settling in Crofton, Maryland. She has experience in general practice, shelter medicine, surgery and emergency medicine.

When Dr. Poff isn’t caring for your fur babies she enjoys crocheting, church activities and spending time with her family, friends and their sweet and quirky boxer Maizy.

Katie Sabella

DVM

Dr. Sabella joined the Bay Country team in 2017. She received bachelors degrees from the University of Virginia and Metropolitan State College of
Denver in English and Biology respectively, and earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University.

Dr. Sabella also completed an internship in emergency medicine and critical care at Anne Arundel Veterinary Emergency Clinic and attained her
certification in canine rehabilitation and physical therapy from the University of Tennessee.

In her spare time, Dr. Sabella enjoys teaching Pure Barre, writing educational articles for PetCo, training her horse, Annie, and spending time with her greyhounds,
Jasper and Trix. Her special interests include: emergency medicine, critical care, geriatrics, physical therapy, community outreach, and animal welfare.

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. She sees dogs and cats, as well as exotics (pocket pets, reptiles, birds, etc). When not working, she enjoys riding and competing in dressage with her three horses. She resides in Highland and is owned by four dogs, three cats, and an assortment of other small animals.

Our Staff

Nancy

Customer Service Representative

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 in Edgewater with her rescue dog, rescue cat, and several rescue fish.

Reece

Veterinary Technician

Bridget

Veterinary Technician

Bridget joined the Bay Country team in April 2015. She has worked in veterinary hospitals for more than 15 years and loves interacting with animals and their people. Bridget lives in Annapolis with her wonderfully silly golden retriever Kai, and when she’s not pursuing continuing education, she’s out playing with her dog, spending time with her boyfriend, reading, or experimenting in the kitchen.

Caroline

Veterinary Technician

Caroline joined the Bay Country team in June 2019. She is currently a first year student at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. She is hoping to work with dogs, cats and maybe some exotics after graduation. Caroline says that she loves the opportunity to apply what I'm learning in school on breaks! When not studying or working, she loves to hike with her terrier mix, go to the beach and travel.

Alyssa

Veterinary Technician

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

Joyce

Customer Service Representative

Joyce joined the Bay Country team in November 2018. She grew up in Baltimore but has lived in Annapolis for over 25 years. She has a great love for all animals and enjoys meeting new people. Joyce has 2 labs, Estelle and Lily. On days off, she and her husband enjoy playing golf and walking their fur babies.

Victoria

Administrative Supervisor

Victoria has been with Bay Country since January 2013 and was recently promoted to Administrative Supervisor. Victoria currently lives in Odenton with her boyfriend. She loves to spoil her cats Kristofferson and Nacho, and enjoys cooking, watching movies, and volunteering at local animal shelters.

Josh

Veterinary Technician

Christina

Veterinary Technician

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.

Amy

Customer Service Representative/Veterinary Technician

Amy returned to the Bay Country family in 2016 after taking some time off to start a family. She notes that her favorite part of working at Bay Country is fostering the unique relationships she develops with our clients and patients. She has a soft spot for all hounds, and has been a foster mom with a coonhound rescue for over 5 years. In her free time, Amy enjoys spending time with her husband, their two sons, and all of their furry and feathered friends.

Ellie

Veterinary Technician

Ellie joined the Bay Country team in June of 2019. She is currently studying Pre-Veterinary medicine and Public Health at the University of Delaware, but works at Bay Country over her summer and winter breaks. After her graduation in the Spring of 2022, Ellie hopes to attend veterinary school and one day become as good of a doctor as the amazing doctors at Bay Country. When not at work or school, Ellie lives with her family in Annapolis, including her Portuguese Water Dog Cleo, and her two cats Milo and Poppy.

Kim

Veterinary Technician

Kim joined the Bay Country team in September 2020. She enjoys getting to work with animals every day. Before joining Bay Country, Kim was completing a Bachelor of Science degree from Stevenson University. In her spare time she likes to read, watch tv, and spend time with family and friends.

Matias

Veterinary Technician

Stephanie

Veterinary Technician

Stephanie rejoined 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 Steve, daughter Kiley, dogs Princess and Charley, and cats Scooby Doo and Alyse. Stephanie has a special love for our (sometimes misunderstood) bully breeds.

Lindsay

Practice Manager

Lindsay has been a part of the Bay Country family since 2005 and became Practice Manager January 2016. 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, playing sports, going to concerts, and solving sudoku puzzles. She lives in Pasadena with her significant other and their four dogs.

Janet

Janet was the Hospital Administrator at Bay Country for 12 years. She was recently promoted to Regional Director of Operations for Blue River Pet Care. 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 two little dogs, Alvin and Simon.

Ezra

Veterinary Technician

Ezra joined the Bay Country team in Autumn of 2020. His previous experience was with Prince George’s County Animal Services where he worked hard caring for homeless animals. He lives in Greenbelt with his husband Zach and his zoo: dog Zelda, and cats Nemo, Keiko, Tilly, and Feedback (Phoebe). On his off-time he enjoys reading, comedy specials, and musical theatre.