Meet Our Team
Rick Paynter, DVM
Director of Medicine
Dr. Rick Paynter was raised locally in Howard County and received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland, College Park. After graduation, he and his wife adventured to the midwest, where he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University. Despite thoroughly enjoying the charm of a more rural setting, he moved back to Maryland to begin his career as a small animal veterinarian.
Prior to joining us, Dr. Paynter worked at a successful small animal clinic in Montgomery County, MD for over 5 years. He has a passion for building relationships with clients and providing the best possible treatment for each individual pet’s needs. He has a soft spot for labs and Siamese kitties. His kitty, Bella, is a Blue Point Siamese who tries to run the place, but generally gets out-ranked by the 2-legged critters in the household!
Outside of the clinic, Dr. Paynter adores spending time with his family and enjoys being as active as possible and sharpening his skills as a home cook. He and his wife are actively involved at their church and are grateful to share life with both stateside and foreign communities through local outreach and international service trips.
Samanthia Fierstein, DVM
Dr. Samanthia Fierstein grew up in Calvert County Maryland and attended undergrad at Towson University. She then completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, magnum cum laude, in 2020 from St. George’s University located on the beautiful island of Grenada. But after living in the Caribbean for three years, and finishing her clinical year at North Carolina State University, she was drawn back to Maryland to practice small animal medicine.
While in school, Dr. Fierstein was very involved with Feral Cat Project, a trap-neuter-release program. From this, she became passionate about shelter medicine and improving feline care. Her love for travel and giving back to the community has led to her going to Africa and Ecuador for veterinary relief work. However, you can always find her planning her next big trip!
When she’s not working, Dr. Fierstein enjoys hiking and soaking up her surroundings; whether it’s on a beach, boat, or even mountainside. She loves to hang out with family and friends, especially when able to explore new cuisines and restaurants.
Ryan is a native of Halifax, Pennsylvania, relocated to Maryland to attend Western Maryland College and has been here ever since.
After graduating in 2001 with a B.A. in Exercise Science, Ryan went on to teach in Baltimore County for 16 years, mostly at the high school level while coaching football and baseball.
In 2018 Ryan pursued his passion for animals and made the switch into the veterinary world. He is loving his new gig as the Practice Manager at OMVC and enjoys working with his patients, their pet parents and with Dr. Paynter and the rest of the wonderful staff at Owings Mills Veterinary Center.
Ryan still coaches football in his spare time at Franklin High School and resides in Hampstead, MD with his wife – Ashley, daughter – Brooke, and son – Jett.
Manager & Veterinary Technician
Meet Sarah! This Baltimore local works as both a manager and Veterinary Technician here at OMVC.
She has almost 2 decades of experience caring for animals and is especially interested in cardiology!
When she’s not working, Sarah enjoys swimming with her dog, Kreig, reading, traveling, and caring for her 3 cats: Marvelous Marius, Sir LeoMus, and Lucius. She also loves to travel and learn about different local cultures!
Lead Veterinary Technician
Meet Heidi! She leads our team of talented Veterinary Technicians and has more than 5 years of experience in the veterinary field.
Heidi is currently working towards a degree in Veterinary Technology and is especially interested in rehabilitation/orthopedics and dental care.
When she’s not working, Heidi loves traveling, fishing, and homesteading. She shares her home with four dogs: Lady Bird, Crocket, Rosco, and Grizzly.
Meet Akina! She is a Baltimore native and a member of our Veterinary Technician team.
She has over 5 years of experience working with animals and is especially interested in surgery and emergency care. In addition to her work at OMVC, Akina also volunteers with the Maryland SPCA and Frederick County Animal Shelter.
When she isn’t working or volunteering, Akina enjoys stargazing, meditating, and spending time with her family, which includes two furry members: Simba the dog and Aries the cat. You might not know this about Akina, but she’s also very good at accents!
Meet Dysha, a Veterinary Technician here at OMVC! Dysha was born in Iowa, but now calls Baltimore home.
She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Pre-Veterinary Science from Delaware State University and is on her way to becoming a veterinarian! In addition to her experience with small animals, Dysha has also cared for large animals while working on a farm.
When she’s not working, you’ll find her reading, traveling, and hanging out her with dog: Hendrix, her guinea pigs: Fudge and Oreo, her bearded dragon: Riley, her dogs: Lizzy, Lola, and Gizmo, and her cats: Sheba, Cleo, Smokey, Dutchess, Kiyon, and Bentley. Someday, Dysha hopes to be able to travel the world and volunteer her time to help rehabilitate wildlife!
Meet Marina, a member of our Veterinary Technician team!
She is a Baltimore local with several years working as a tech and a kennel attendant. She is also interested in exotic animal medicine and volunteers at Irvine Nature Center in her spare time.
In her personal time, she enjoys painting, reading, traveling, and spending time with her furry family members, who include a Corgi named Jarvis and a German Shepherd named Lucas.
Veterinary Technician & Client Service Representative
Meet Victoria, a Veterinary Technician and Client Service Representative here at OMVC!
She has several years of experience in the veterinary field and an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology. In addition to that, Victoria is certified in dog training and is very interested in animal behavior.
Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, being outside, and caring for her 3 pygmy goats: Piper, Smokey, and Bandit, and her 4 dogs: Dozer, Darla, Daisy, and Diesel.
Meet Amy! She is a Veterinary Assistant who has worked for more than two decades in the veterinary field!
Prior to joining the OMVC team, this Baltimore native worked in the Animal Control industry as a tech, an assistant, and an officer, so she’s seen it all and is especially interested in animal behavior.
In her personal time, she enjoys traveling, going to the beach, and Marvel movies. Amy loves spending time with her two dogs, Bella and Raven and her cat, Carmen. She also adores birds and at one time, owned 12!
Meet Courtney, one of our amazing Veterinary Assistants!
She is a Westminster native and is currently studying to become a veterinary technician. She love all animals, but is especially interested in exotics!
Outside of work, she spends her time hiking, crocheting, playing video games, and practicing archery. She shares her home with a variety of pets, including Nala: a 14-year old pit bull, Artemis: a tuxedo cat, Fafnir: a Savannah monitor, and Clarence: a blue-tongue skink.
Client Service Representative
Meet Desierae, a member of our amazing client service team!
She is a Bel Air native and is working towards becoming a veterinarian herself!
When she’s not working, Desierae loves to read, hike, and play with her fur babies, who include her Alaskan Malamute, Nina, and her cats: Churro and Dover.
Client Service Representative
Meet Sheila! She is a Pennsylvania native who works on our client service team.
Sheila has almost 2 decades of experience working in the veterinary field and also has experience working with feral cats. Out of the office, she enjoys playing pool, working on cars, and helping feral cat colonies.
At home, Sheila has quite a collection of furry & feathered friends, including a 17-year-old pig named Billy Bob, 32 cats, 14 chickens and 4 ducks!
Client Service Representative
Meet Stephanie! As a member of our client service team, she’ll be one of the first people you talk to at our clinic.
Stephanie is a White Hall native who has many years of experience in the veterinary field and has also trained as an animal assistant. She is especially interested in veterinary orthopedic procedures.
When she’s not at work, she enjoys spending time outside hiking, horseback riding, and fishing. She also loves spending time with her pets including a horse named Walley, three dogs: Demi, Storm, and Lacey, and two cats: Raja and Halo.