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Christian TN psychiatrist, Dr. Valerie Augustus, accused of whipping patients, comparing them to mules


A psychiatrist in Memphis is accused of striking at least 10 patients with whips and/or riding crops.

Dr. Valerie Augustus is with Christian Psychiatrist Services.

A report from the Tennessee Department of Health alleges that she used a riding crop on a patient in 2015.

Investigators added that Augustus also made contact with other mental health patients with a riding crop, whip or other object and ‘compared her patients to mules.’

The board has suspended her medical license for no less than 60 days.


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