Dr. Tanouye and Dr. Mason are dedicated to providing comprehensive and compassionate care to dogs and cats. As part of this commitment, they have both completed Dr. Sophia Yin’s Low Stress Handling Course. This course has provided them with techniques to help reduce stress and anxiety for pets during veterinary visits. Dr. Tanouye has also completed the Fear Free Certification program for veterinarians.


Daphne Tanouye, VMD

Dr. Daphne Tanouye ( Daphne Downs ) grew up outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Women’s Studies from Smith College, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. After graduation, Dr. Tanouye lived in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire for one year. In the spring of 2005, she decided to move back to the city and headed to DC. For six years, Daphne worked at Kindness Animal Hospital in Wheaton, MD.

In April 2012, Dr. Tanouye opened Rock Creek Home Vet, a veterinary house call practice, so that she would be able to spend more time with clients and patients and to observe dogs and cats in their home environment. She loves seeing patients in their own homes and being able to provide more relaxed, individualized, and personal care to both pets and their owners.

Daphne Tanouye, VMD is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association for Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians, and the Veterinary Information Network. She is accredited by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and has special interests in preventative healthcare, dermatology, internal medicine, hospice care, and the human-animal bond.

Daphne lives in Maryland with her husband, Alex, their two young sons, and two sweet dogs: Bessie Smith, a Shih Tzu mix, and Calvin, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.



Jacqui Mason, DVM
Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Jacqui Mason ( Jacqui Zelepsky ) was born in Ohio and raised in Northville, Michigan (a small suburb outside of Detroit). She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Michigan State University in 2005, with a concentration in Zoo and Aquarium Sciences. She then continued on to receive her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Michigan State University in 2009. Go Spartans!

After leaving East Lansing,Dr. Mason moved to Maryland to complete an exotic animal medicine and surgery internship at a specialty animal hospital in Gaithersburg from 2009-2010. During this time, she fell in love with the state and the friends she met, ultimately deciding to make Maryland her permanent home. Since completing her internship, she has worked as a small and exotic animal practitioner in Maryland.

Dr. Mason is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association, and Association of Avian Veterinarians. She is category II accredited by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. While she loves and primarily treats dogs and cats, she also has a special interest in treating exotic animals and pocket pets, including birds, small mammals, and reptiles.

Dr. Jacqui Mason currently resides in Olney, Maryland with her husband, Justin, their rescue Chihuahua-Dachshund Mix, Violet Beauregarde, and black-and-white cat, Macy. In her free time, she enjoys many activities, including: running, training for triathlons, reading, photography, and baking.