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.
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.
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.