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It’s never too late to learn

Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 11:04 am

Doctor Caryn Self-Sullivan is an amazing woman Colonial Beach is blessed to have. The owner of Ask Dr. Caryn and Cairns’ Cottages, she is a self-starter who can also be found volunteering for a number of organizations in town.

Self-Sullivan’s story started uniquely. Married at age 16, she quickly had three children, one after the other. Her then husband did not want her to finish high school, but she pushed through anyway.

She worked in real estate for many years until, at the same time as her youngest child, she started college. When filling out the financial aid paperwork she had to fill in that there were four in her household as well as four in college. The schools called her to make sure she had filled it out correctly.

Her Bachelor’s degree was followed by a PhD in Animal Behavior from Texas A&M in 2008.

Self-Sullivan now runs Ask Dr. Caryn, her dog behavior and training business, in which she helps pet owners learn to train their dogs to behave properly. She visits pets’ homes and works one-on-one with them and their owners through any behavioral needs.

She also owns three cottages in the town of Colonial Beach which she runs under the name Cairns’ Cottages. The three cozy, lovely homes are short-term and vacation rentals for tourists, or other visitors, to rent.

Self-Sullivan not only runs those businesses, but also the Westmoreland Democratic Committee and Colonial Beach Rivah Dogs. She can be seen running from event to event or working booths at them throughout the year in Colonial Beach.

For more information on her businesses call her at (540) 287-8207 or see www.askdrcaryn.com

Caryn Self-Sullivan helps pet owners learn to train their furry family members.