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Hall makes national list of tobacco treatment specialists


Allie Hall, R.N., Wellness and Lifestyle Medicine, recently received her certification as a Master Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist, becoming the only one in Hawai‘i, and joining an elite nationwide group.

In addition to educational requirements, the rigorous Master Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist (CTTSM) program offered by the University of Massachusetts Medical School requires that applicants:

  • Complete various training courses and pass the Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) written exam
  • Undergo extensive training in tobacco dependence treatment
  • Have a minimum of 2,000 hours of experience specifically in delivering tobacco dependence treatment services in a five-year period
  • Prepare and submit a case study to the TTS review board and pass an oral interview regarding the case study.

“I am grateful that I successfully completed the requirements for the certification as a Master Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist,” Hall says, “I appreciate the support of the whole Wellness team for all their encouragement and assistance as I worked toward accomplishing this goal. The Hawai‘i Community Foundation and Castle Medical Center were instrumental in helping me to get funding for the training and the means for me to work with patients needing tobacco treatment!”