This story is really abut the first time a Tennessee therapist was suspended. They were suspended again. But the first time was much more interesting.
In 2018, Memphis psychiatrist Dr. Valerie Augustus was suspended from practice after it was learned she spanked at least 10 patients with riding crops and whips. In some cases, she compared her patients to mules.
Here's an interesting tidbit. Her practice is part of Christian Psychiatric Services in the Germantown part of Memphis. She denied ever hurting patients 3 years ago, and said she was just joking. She also claimed she never used the crop to hurt or strike anyone. Fox13 reported that she was suspended again in August of this year for violating a Tennessee Disciplinary Medical Board order.
We don't know what the order was. We don't know if it was related to riding crops or whips this time. And no mules have come forward.
But the penalties she'll pay might sting. To get her license back and continue seeing patients, FOX 13 said she must “enter into at least a three-year monitoring contract with the Tennessee Medical Foundation to monitor her monthly psychotherapy supervision progress, pay $10,000 of the $50,000 cost assessment owed, and enter into a payment plan to pay the remaining $40,000 along with additional costs and civil penalties.”