Dr. Smita Pakhale is a respirologist at the Ottawa Hospital. Being raised in India, a country known for its caste system, Dr. Pakhale from the beginning of her career has recognized the pressing issue of health inequity that affects not only her home country but also North America. Her need to address the root of social disparities led to the creation of the Bridge Engagement Centre. At the Bridge, she conducts research projects in true partnership with people who have lived experiences of poverty, homelessness, and being racialized, including Indigenous Peoples. She is a compassionate visioner that leads everyone at the Bridge to personal and professional development. When she is not at the Bridge or with her patients you can find her in the kitchen making delicious daal as cooking is another research project for her.