Centre of Balance:

Centre of Balance started in 2006 when Tracy Phua came back home to New Zealand.  She’d completed her Chinese Medicine studies in Shanghai where she met her husband, Szenan Phua.  Tracy began treating fertility patients in late 2006, making house calls with a portable examination table, while Szenan stayed in China to complete his studies.

Szenan came to New Zealand in early 2007 and together they opened Centre of Balance, working from the converted basement of their first home.  They moved into premises in Boundary Road and then to the clinic in the Dinsdale Shopping Centre as we know it today.  Centre of Balance now has four practitioners in Hamilton, Szenan Phua, Daisy Wu, Kenny Chen, and Kevin Ma, who treat many patients seeking relief from pain and medical conditions. 

Szenan Phua (Senior Practitioner)

Bachelor of Medicine graduate, Acupuncturist & Practitioner of Chinese Medicine, member of FCPAA Malaysia.

Szenan Phua (pronounced Sh’naan Pwa) comes from Malaysia and speaks fluent Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien and English.  Szenan is the senior practitioner at Centre of Balance.

He undertook his studies in China at Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, completing a five year Bachelor degree majoring in Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture and Tuina (Chinese therapeutic massage).

Szenan had the privilege of studying under some of the most distinguished practitioners in China.  Amongst them was Dr Songjing Bian who prescribes herbs according to the ancient classics. Dr Bian is renowned for his treatment of gastrointestinal disorders, tumours, cancer and difficult cases.

Szenan lives in Hamilton with his wife Tracy Phua and their daughter Meia; all devoted vegans and animal rights activists.

Seminars Attended (2011 – 2017):


Szenan Phua Senior Practitioner Centre of Balance Hamilton
  • Dr Rona Wang represents Male Infertility
  • Dr Cui represents Prolapse of Lumbar Intervertebral Disc
  • Dr WenZhao Chen represents “Experience in Using Classical Formula (JingFang) To Treat Cardiac Disease”
  • Dr Albert Zhang represents “Western and Chinese Diagnosis and Treatment of Common Rheumatoid Diseases”
  • Master Xiang’s Functional Organ Face Diagnosis
  • Master Xiang’s Functional Organ Palm Diagnosis
  • Dr Tan Wu Bian Balance Method Acupuncture Seminar – 2013
  • Dr Allan Oolp Austin Trigenic Seminar-Frozen shoulder – 2013
  • Dr Tan Wu Bian Balance Method Acupuncture Seminar – Advance Clanss – 2014
  • Dr LiXin Chen Acupuncture-LiXin Seven Needle Technique Workshop in BeiJing 2014
  • Dr Tan Wu Bian Balance Method Acupuncture Seminar in BeiJing – 2015
  • Master Xiaochuan Pan Acupuncture Spirit Pulse Balance Seminarin Guangzhou China-2016
  • Master Xiaochuan Pan Acupuncture Spirit Pulse Balance Seminar in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia-2016
  • Bob’s Medical Pulse Diagnosis – 2016
  • Master Xiaochuan Pan Acupuncture Spirit Pulse Balance Advanced Seminar in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia-2017
  • Master Miao Zhen/Miao Kai’s Royalty Fitness Muscle Strength Manipulation Therapy & Acupuncture Channel in –Auckland NZ-2017
  • Navel Acupuncture workshop in Malaysia-2015
  • Dr YueYuan Xu Pulse Diagnose in Auckland New Zealand-2016
  • Master Pan Acupuncture Spirit Basic Workshop in GuangZhou-China-2016
  • Master Pan Acupuncture Spirit Basic Workshop in Kuala Lumpur-Malaysia-2016
  • Yuanshu Spine Related Disease Workshop in Auckland-NZ-2016
  • Master Pan Acupuncture Spirit Advance Workshop in Kuala Lumpur-Malaysia-2017
  • Master Miao Zhen/Miao Kai’s Royalty Fitness Muscle Strength Manipulation Therapy & Acupuncture Channel in –Auckland NZ-2017
  • Master Miao Zhen/Miao Kai’s Advanced Clinical Assessment and Application of Royalty Fitness Muscle Strength Manipulation Therapy & Acupuncture Channel in Auckland NZ-2017
  • Master Sanhu Wang Classic Formula to Treat Cancer Seminar in Auckland 2017
  • Dr Zengfu Peng Trigger Point Treatments for Musculoskeletal Pain- The Upper Body -2017
  • Chinerchi Therapy by Angela Zang Foundation Seminar in Auckland 2017
  • Chinerchi Therapy by Angela Zang Fire Dragon Seminar in Auckland 2017
  •  Dr David Legge Acupuncture Treatments for Musculoskeletal Pain – The Lower Body Workshop in Auckland-2017
About Us

Kevin Ma (Practitioner)

Hello, my name is Kevin. Ever since I was young, I can remember seeing reports of various terrifying diseases and illnesses on TV and in the newspaper. Cancer, heart attack, diabetes have reached epidemic proportions claiming countless lives each year and the medical establishments seem to have no real solutions or cures. Because of this, from a young age, I developed a deep curiosity into the area of health and wellbeing. I would research into different ways to look after myself, my family and friends.

In 2015, I started studying Original Point Therapy, through which I gained an even deeper understanding of the human body and what contributes to health and illness. However, the more I learnt, the more I realized that there is much more to be learnt. Eventually, my quest for knowledge lead me to study acupuncture and Chinese medicine. In July 2021, I graduated with a Bachelor of Health and Science with major in Acupuncture. I am excited to join the team at Centre of Balance and use my skills and knowledge to help more people to achieve health and happiness in their lives.

Melanie Wilson (Manager)

Mel has been working at Centre of Balance in an administration role since 2013.  She is Tracy’s sister and is a passionate vegan and animal rights activist.  She has three amazing children and 10 small animals. Mel manages the day to day running of the clinic. 

Beth (Receptionist)

Beth started working for Centre of Balance in August 2023. She is also an undergraduate at Waikato university, studying a bachelor of science majoring in chemistry and environmental science.

Outside of work and studying she enjoys modelling for her sister’s photography profile, and spending time with her partner, friends, and family.

Lily Carrington (Receptionist, Website Manager and Designer)

Lily is a 18-year-old animal rights activist and the daughter of Mel, and niece of Szenan and Tracy.  Lily has worked at Centre of Balance since 2020, writing articles for the website, managing social media, and doing design work. Having just graduated high school, Lily is now learning the receptionist role as well. She is grateful to work at a proudly vegan business and spends her spare time doing activism for animals.

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Annabelle Carrington (Content Writer)

Annabelle started working at Centre of Balance in 2021.  She is Mel’s daughter, and Szenan and Tracy’s niece.  She writes articles for the website, and helps out on reception.  She has a Bachelor of Science (Technology) majoring in Chemistry.  In her spare time she loves to volunteer at the Hare Krishna centre in Hamilton (Mantra Lounge), with her husband Rajat.