Our Team

Roots, Inc. was originally founded in 2013 as United Community Support Center. We have since expanded upon our mission, bringing the highest quality and affordable care to the recovery community across the continuum.

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Eric Johnston

Executive Director

Eric brings 20 years of Sales, Marketing and Operations experience and has had the opportunity to learn in start up environments, as well as large corporate settings.  He has also worked on the gr...

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Dr. Diana Cho Kang

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Diana Cho Kang is a licensed Psychologist and comes to Roots Through Recovery with a strong clinical background specializing in all levels of care in various settings.

Dr. Kang has manag...

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Lauren Emmel, MA, MFTi - #99076

Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

Lauren Emmel is a trained EMDR Therapist, a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern and a Master’s Degree Graduate from Antioch University’s Clinical Psychology Program in the Spiritual and Depth ...

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Joshua Pannell

Executive Program & Clinical Assistant

Joshua Pannell is our Executive Program & Clinical Assistant. After over 15 years battling addiction, and finding recovery in Long Beach, Josh found a new way of life. Josh left the corporate world and set on a new path of service, reaching ou...

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Executive Staff and Support

Nicole Koontz

Founder, Director of Client and Alumni Services

Seth Blackburn


Kelly Lyman

Chief Financial Officer

Ryan Elmore

Chief Operations Officer

Noah Warren

Chief Program Officer

Michael Elmore, DDS

Medical Outreach