Dr. Tamara Spriggs buckles her son Xavier, 3, into a safety seat while her 1-year-old son Gabriel relaxes. A family-practice physician at the Round Hill office of Valley Health, Spriggs was one of 52 women out of 102 graduates in her 2007 class at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)
Dr. Katherine Gustin of Winchester Neurological Consultants talks with patient M.H. Barr of Winchester. When she arrived in Winchester 27 years ago, she said that as a female physician, she was “lonely.” (Photo by Jeff Taylor/The Winchester Star)
Dr. Margaret Toxopeus, 72, a radiologist, was the only female physician at Winchester Medical Center from 1973 until 1984, when Dr. Anne Bacon arrived. Toxopeus still works part-time and recently spent more than $2,000 on these textbooks to stay current in her field. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)
Dr. Katherine Gustin of Winchester Neurological Consultants was featured in The Winchester Star when she came to the city with her husband, also a physician, 27 years ago. They were the first married couple to practice medicine in Winchester. (Photo by Jeff Taylor/The Winchester Star)
ABOVE: Dr. Tamara Spriggs walks with her son Xavier, 3, and husband Curtis Spriggs, carrying their younger son Gabriel, 1. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)
winchester — Cradling an infant carrier on one arm and grasping the hand of a toddler, Tamara Spriggs could be any young working mother picking up her children from day care.
She wonders if the...