Staff Bios

Office Manager  
Sara Hutchinson    
Staff Doctors   

Stephen F. Wurst, V.M.D.

B.S. in Animal Science, Pennsylvania State University – 1972

V.M.D., University of Pennsylvania – 1977

Dr. Wurst grew up in Pennsylvania and always enjoyed the Jersey Shore. While attending Penn State he met his wife Cindy. They have three children. Ben is a wildlife biologist, Lauren is teacher for autistic children and Andy is at the BAC. Dr. Wurst enjoys fishing and being on the water. He also enjoys work as a veterinarian, especially the surgical cases.

Sadly, we lost Dr. Wurst in November of 2014.  He is, and always will be, deeply and truly missed.


Joanne Weithenauer, D.V.M.

B.S. in Animal Science, Cook College – Rutgers University – 1985

D.V.M., University of Florida – 1992

Enjoys surgery and internal medicine.


Matt Schwert, D.V.M.

B.S. in Animal Science, Oklahoma State University – 1996

D.V.M., Oklahoma State University – 2000

Dr. Schwert has led a very eclectic life so far. Although New Jersey is now the longest place of residence, it has been the sixth state he has lived in. Dr. Schwert graduated veterinary school at Oklahoma State University in 2000, and joined the BAC team in 2002. Dr. Schwert enjoys spending his free time with his wife and two young children. He has been active in many animal rescue organizations and currently has six dogs and five cats of his own.Dr. Matt’s favorite part of being a veterinarian is orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, but highly enjoys educating clients on the care and well being of their animals.


Glenn Behan, D.V.M.

B.S. in Animal Science, Cook College – Rutgers University – 1999

D.V.M., University of Illinois – 2004

Dr. Behan, pictured here with his best friend Ginger, worked at BAC in the early 1990’s as a technician and came right back following graduation in 2004. He enjoys all aspects of canine and feline medicine, surgery and dentistry. His certifications include PennHip radiology, VetStem regenerative medicine, and K-Laser Class 4 LASER therapy.

>>PennHIP >>Vet-Stem >>K-Laser USA

Laurie Stashek, D.V.M.

D.V.M, The Ohio State University – 2005


Andy Wurst, D.V.M.

B.S. Animal Bioscience, Pennsylvania State University – 2002

D.V.M., Iowa State University – 2006

Dr. Andy began work at BAC when he was a young boy, while he followed his father around the practice. He had always wanted to become a vet when he grew up, and joined the BAC team after finishing school in June 2006. He currently lives in Waretown on a lagoon. In his free time, Dr. Wurst Jr. likes to offshore fish, do home improvements, work out, and relax. He has two dogs of his own, “Layla” a Chihuahua that he adopted from a shelter in Omaha, Nebraska, and “Charlie” a rescued terrier mix. Dr. Andy enjoys working with clients and educating them about the health of their companions. He has an interest in surgical cases.


Anna Gates, V.M.D.

B.A. in Chemistry with Biochemistry concentration, Skidmore College – 2005

V.M.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine – 2011


Kevin B. Buck, B.V.M. & S.

B.S. in Animal Bioscience, Penn State University – 2003

M.S. in Animal Science, University of Hawaii – 2007

B.V.M. & S., University of Edinburgh – 2011


James Carroll, D.V.M.

D.V.M. Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine – 2013


Kaci Bain, D.V.M.

B.S. in Animal Science, University of Massachusetts – 2012

D.V.M.  Ross University of Veterinary Medicine – 2016

Dr. Kaci Bain graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in September 2016. She did her clinical year abroad in Sydney Australia and spent a month in Auckland New Zealand.  Dr. Bain enjoys emergency medicine and surgery. In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors and fishing, always looking for another adventure whether it be close to home or far away.


Janice Hinchliffe, D.V.M.

B.A. in Biology, Rutgers University 1994

DVM, Oklahoma State University 2000

After graduation, Dr. Hinchliffe completed an internship in small animal surgery and medicine at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital. Since then she has worked in both general medicine and shelter medicine. She loves spending time with her husband and two sons. They share their home with two rescue dogs, one of whom is certified as a Canine Good Citizen. She and her dog regularly visit hospice patients to provide pet therapy. Her hobbies include bike riding and skiing. She is very excited to have joined Barnegat Animal Clinic!



Kelly McKenna, V.M.D.

VMD, University of Pennsylvania 2018

Dr. McKenna was an art history major in undergrad, worked in an art auction house and finance, then returned to school to pursue her longtime passion for animals.  She grew up at the jersey shore is happy to be back in the area.  She has 2 pups and 3 rescued FIV+ kitties at home.  She loves internal medicine at work and in her off-time enjoys tennis, drawing, indie/alternative rock concerts and is a self -proclaimed foodie.


Jocelyn Ruiz, D.V.M.

D.V.M.  Ross University of Veterinary Medicine – 2014

At age 5 with a pair of parakeets, Dr. Jocelyn knew she wanted to be a vet. She started off working as a technician while majoring in Animal sciences at the University of Missouri. She has a special interest in dermatology and internal medicine. In the far future, Dr. Jocelyn hopes to open up a pet sanctuary in Colombia, where her family is from. She’s a Jersey girl who loves to paint and enjoys Latin dance nights. She lives with her kitties Inu and Eva, as well as her dogs, Rin and Arthur. She can’t wait to keep her crew growing!