Dr. Jeffrey P. Bill, MD, FASAM
Founder, CEO & CMO
“Though addiction is not a curable disease, patients can successfully achieve and maintain a lasting, meaningful recovery if given the right opportunity.”
Dr. Bill is lifelong resident of Cincinnati’s west-side communities and progressed in his education through St. Dominic grade school, Archbishop Elder High School and the University of Cincinnati (B.S. Biology) before attending medical school at the Wright State University School of Medicine (M.D.). He completed his internship and residency in Family Medicine at St. Elizabeth’s in northern Kentucky where he served as Chief Resident in his final year.
Shortly after joining his first medical practice in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2006, Dr. Bill had an opportunity to complete the necessary training to become certified to treat patients for opioid use disorder with Suboxone. He opened a separate Suboxone office-based opioid treatment (OBOT) program in October 2007 in the Miami Heights community, which he has since relocated to Green Township.
Inspired by the effectiveness of the treatment and realizing the level of need for treatment services in his community, he advanced in his knowledge of the disease and achieved his board certification in Addiction Medicine in 2010. Through a collaboration with Mr. Steven Smith, LPCC LICDC-CS, Dr. Bill expanded the treatment services at his OBOT practice and achieved certification as an outpatient treatment program by the Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services agency in 2012. They went on to create the first-in-Ohio, Suboxone-only opiate treatment program in 2013, which received a 3-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities the following year.
Armed with a proven, clinically-effective, comprehensive, compassionate model of care, the duo ventured to establish a second treatment facility in Forest Park, Ohio in 2016 with plans for more facilities to meet the needs of the Ohio communities that are currently overwhelmed with people struggling with opiate dependence. Dr. Bill currently resides in Cleves, Ohio with his wife and four daughters.
Steven Smith, COO & Clinical Director
“The focus should always be on providing the highest quality service possible, while treating people with dignity and respect. If we do that, all the rest will take care of itself.”
Having grown up in Western Kentucky, Steve has lived in the Greater Cincinnati area since 2005. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Philosophy from Brescia University and his Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Western Kentucky University. He is independently licensed in both substance abuse and mental health counseling and has worked in behavioral health since 2000 in various settings, focusing primarily on addictions and children and family mental health. He has worked in administration in medication-assisted treatment since 2010.
Steve first worked with Dr. Bill in 2010. They developed the plan to expand Dr. Bill’s private practice into a full treatment center in late 2011 and Steve joined Sunrise Treatment Center as Program and Clinical Director in April 2012. He currently serves as Chief Operations Officer and Clinical Director and oversees many different areas of Sunrise, including clinical services, supervision, regulatory compliance, strategic planning, and information technology.
Steve spends much of his free time with his wife and 2 children and enjoys baseball history, table-top and video games, cigars and cooking.
Dr. Christopher Aviles, Medical Director – Forest Park
“Life is not about being perfect, it is about having focus, being outstanding, and doing it from your heart.”
Dr. Aviles attended the Wright State University School of Medicine and completed his family medicine residency at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois. Dr. Aviles is a Chicago native and enjoys cheering for his Chicago teams. Prior to joining Sunrise Treatment Center in January 2014, he worked in two community health centers and for Premier Health Partners. In his free time Dr. Aviles enjoys reading, golfing, and martial arts.
Dr. Arshad Javed, Program Physician – Forest Park
“There is no medicine like hope, no incentive as great, no tonic as powerful as the expectation of something better tomorrow “ – Orison Marden
Dr. Javed graduated from King Edward Medical College and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He then did a fellowship in Geriatrics at Medical College of Pennsylvania/Hahnemann University. Upon completion of his training, Dr. Javed joined the department of Internal Medicine as an Instructor of Medicine.
Dr. Javed has spent much of his career practicing Hospital Medicine including several years at McLeod
Regional Medical Center in South Carolina. In 2005, he moved to the Cincinnati area to join University of Cincinnati where he was a Hospitalist and Assistant Professor of Medicine. He has also been a Hospitalist at the Good Samaritan and the Mercy Anderson Hospitals.
After seeing for many years, the devastating impact that opiate addiction was having on many of his patients, Dr. Javed had the opportunity to join Sunrise Treatment Center as a part-time physician in 2012. After experiencing firsthand the comprehensive model of care being offered to patients struggling with opiate dependence, he decided to change his career path and dedicate his professional time to helping combat the opiate crisis and joined Sunrise Treatment Center as a full-time physician in 2016
Dr. John Zeller, Program Physician – West Side
“Cure some time, treat often, and comfort always.” – Hippocrates
Dr. Zeller, an Ohio native, graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, and did residency training in Internal Medicine at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati.
He has worked as a house physician and hospitalist at The Christ Hospital, Mercy Western Hills Hospital, Mercy West Hospital, Deaconess Hospital, and, most recently, at the Daniel Drake Center at Christ. He began working as a part time physician at Sunrise Treatment Center in July 2013, and continues in that capacity currently.
Over the last four years, he has been greatly impressed with the success his patients have experienced in the medication assisted program at Sunrise. Over the course of their therapy here, they have learned to understand and to cope with their opiate addiction, and have achieved a measure of stability in, and control over their lives that almost every one of them has said would have been impossible without the treatment they have received here. They very much like the people who are here to help them, speak fondly of the counselors with whom they share such intimate and difficult aspects of their lives, and appreciate the structure and environment at Sunrise that enables them to make progress in dealing with their struggles.
Dr. Zeller believes that such a gratifying response is directly attributable to the expertise and leadership of Dr. Bill, and to the competence, commitment, and compassion that he inspires in the entire Sunrise staff. He is pleased to be associated with such a vitally important effort.
Jennifer Owens, Nursing Director
“My staff and I work exceptionally hard in ensuring that the stigma and misconceptions of opiate addiction treatment do not become barriers to the provision of compassionate and effective patient centered care that is given at Sunrise Treatment Center.”
Jennifer began working with Sunrise Treatment Center in 2015 as the Nursing Supervisor and was promoted to Nursing Director in 2017. Jennifer has been a nurse for nearly 20 years and earned her nursing degree in 1999. Her initial experience as a nurse was spent as a certified Urology nurse. After leaving that position in 2000, she found her passion in the field of opiate addiction treatment. Before arriving at Sunrise Treatment Center, Jennifer worked for an outpatient opiate addiction center where she worked for five years.
Jennifer is dedicated to assuring a positive and hopeful patient experience, as well as holding a strong value of professionalism. Working with her nursing staff to improve the high quality of care and service that is expected from the staff at Sunrise Treatment Center is always a top priority.
Shane Somers, Corporate Business Officer
“My personal and professional life have taught me that the gift of listening far outweighs the art of talking. Listening positions us to identify others needs and wants, empowering us to be a ‘trusted advisor’ with the ability to influence in a positive way.”
Shane brings far more than 14 years of experience in pharmacy, management and human resources to her role as a Corporate Business Officer. She brings a vitality, professionalism and warmth, and a mindset of service and advocacy to her work at Sunrise Treatment Center. Shane’s primary focus is to continuously improve processes and procedures, evaluate the work being undertaken while efficiently looking for ways to leverage time for the CEO and other senior executives.
Prior to joining Sunrise Treatment Center, Shane spent 12 years working for the industry’s largest leader in compound pharmacy and home infusion service where she held roles beginning in pharmacy as a compound technician, HPR and intake coordinator before moving up in insurance reimbursement, corporate contracting and management.
As an advocate of Sunrise Treatment Center’s vision to enrich the spirit and performance of the organization, and its purpose to positively impact the community by creating a thriving culture, Shane finds her work with the company rewarding and fulfilling.