Meet Our Team

Our Veterinarians

Gene Bauer


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


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


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


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.

Samantha Smith


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

Lindsay Ward

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 Crofton with her little yorkie mix, Theodore.

Janet Ward-Dyer

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.

Stephanie Vann

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.

Ariana Anzola

Ariana joined the Bay Country team in July 2018. She is fluent in Spanish as she is originally from Caracas, Venezuela. She now resides in West River with her 17 year-old long-haired rescue kitty, Nikky. Ariana is currently in school pursuing veterinary studies, in hopes of becoming an integrative medicine veterinarian. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to audio books (so far more than 100 books in 2018!), watching Chinese dramas, and caring for her collection of tiny plants.

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

Kaye Beech

Kaye joined the Bay Country team in December 2017. She loves meeting new pets and clients each day. Kaye lives in Glen Burnie with her husband and their Golden Retriever pup, Ruby. When Kaye isn't working, she is working towards her business degree. She also enjoys reading, watching movies, solving puzzles, and dragging her husband and friends out to enjoy nature.

Jade Bounnak

Jade joined the Bay Country team in April 2018. She grew up in San Diego, California with a passion for animals and the culinary arts. Jade is currently working toward becoming a registered technician and is also working on a cyber security degree. On her days off, she enjoys hiking with her 16-year-old Pomeranian, Korben, and her boyfriend.

Bridget Callahan

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.

Allison Carter

Allison joined the Bay Country team in July 2015 after relocating from Ohio to Annapolis with her husband. She received her Veterinary Assistant certificate here in Maryland and plans on furthering her education in the veterinary field in the future. She has a German Shepherd named Buck (short for Buckeye) and a Dalmatian named Shiloh. She enjoys spending time with her pets, friends and family. Allison also loves reading a good book, watching movies and her favorite show (The Walking Dead), and taking the dogs to the dog park.

Alyssa Farah

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 Hess

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.

Amy Holt

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.

Diane Jones

Diane rejoined the Bay Country family in November 2015. She has worked in the veterinary industry since 2007. Possessing a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Salisbury University, she has always been passionate about the care of our furry friends. She currently resides in Arnold with her son Mason, dogs Gunner and Shelby, and Guinea pigs Nick and Norman. In her spare time Diane spends time with her family enjoying the outdoors, and cheering on the Orioles and Redskins.

Victoria Jones

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.

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.

Ariel Martin

Ariel joined the Bay Country team in October 2018. She is a lifelong Maryland native and animal lover, with a sweet spot for kittens! Ariel enjoys spending time with her family, focusing on her spirituality, volunteering at animal rescues, catching up on Netflix, and loving (more like spoiling) her two cats, Luca and Orion.

Kasey McDowell

Kasey joined the Bay Country team in June 2017. She is currently pursuing her dream of working with animals, and is working towards becoming an RVT (registered vet technician). When she isn't working, Kasey enjoys spending time with her family and three pets, Nya, Boh, and Lucy, traveling, and watching Alabama softball. ROLLTIDE!