Prasant Akunuri is originally from Nashville, TN and went to Middle Tennessee State University receiving a BA in Psychology. He moved to Johnson City in 2017 to pursue a master's degree in Social Work at East Tennessee State University. Along with this, he gained a Certification in Alcohol and Drug Counseling. He graduated with his degree in May 2019. He was able to do an internship at the VA with their Substance Use Program in which he learned to work with Veteran's dealing with Substance Use Disorders and Trauma. Before moving to Johnson City, he was a Patient Right's Advocate with Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute and was able to work with those from low socioeconomic backgrounds with severe mental health disorders.