Following the investigation, the state concluded that Augustus had used the riding crop and other objects to make “contact with other patients” on their buttocks.
Documents also stated Augustus displayed the whip in her office and compared her patients to mules.
One of her patients, according to the documents, was suffering from depression and suicidal thoughts.
That patient also had a history of physical abuse, documents stated.
After a hearing, Augustus license was suspended for at least 60 days starting in June. The Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners cited a lack of evidence for using such devices as treatment for patients.
On June 2, her practice listed her as out on personal leave for an unspecified amount of time.
Augustus was also fined $10,000 for whipping her patients and faces a three-year probation period if her license is restored.