Meet Our Team

Paul Retschko, Orthotist

Paul Retschko graduated from La Trobe University in 1996 with a Bachelor Prosthetics and Orthotics (Honours) degree.

Paul has worked at both the Alfred Hospital and St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne, focusing on management of trauma, orthopaedics, neurological conditions and conservative management of lower limb pathology.

Paul has been practicing in the private system since 2000, primarily in the management of foot and ankle orthotics. Paul is a sessional lecturer at the National Centre for Prosthetics and Orthotics and has also presented at continuing professional development seminars and at the AOPA Clinical Congress on several occasions.

Outside of clinical practice, Paul coaches junior football and is a keen tennis player.

Srinath (Sri) Vanapailli, Podiatrist

Srinath (Sri) Vanapailli is our Podiatrist at Paul Retschko and Associates. Sri graduated in Podiatry at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand.

Sri has worked in the private sector in Victoria and New South Wales to go with his experience in the public system through his work at Northern Health and Monash Health.

Sri is a firm believer in early intervention and prevention of complications associated with chronic disease whilst encouraging a holistic approach to patient care. He has a particular interest in sports medicine and lower limb biomechanics. Sri’s background in premier level cricket provides him a valuable insight into biomechanics and sporting injuries of the lower limb. Sri also has an avid interest in diabetic foot care management.

Outside of work, Sri enjoys being active and exploring new countries.

Srinath Vanapalli
BHSc. Pod. M.Pod.A

Tennille Foggo

Tennille has recently joined the team at Paul Retschko and Associates working from our Mornington clinic located in Beach End Medical on Main Street.

After graduating from LaTrobe University in 2007, Tennille expanded her knowledge and skills working aboard for a well-established private clinic in South West London. Working under a senior podiatrist for the time she was there, she gained an invaluable insight into alternate treatment options and clinical assessments.

Tennille’s experience in the private setting has led her to provide a well – rounded approach to her patient’s treatment which includes a thorough understanding of the patient’s history, biomechanics, footwear and expectations they have from the session. She firmly believes the inclusion of musculosketal therapies such as dry-needling and foot mobilisation plays in integral role to improving symptoms.

She is confident in managing patients with complex needs, in particular those seeking pre or post-surgical advice as she worked closely with a podiatric surgeon managing his rehabilitation for foot, ankle, arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery.

Tennille enjoys the personable aspect of the role and getting to know her patients to ensure their treatment goals are individualised to their needs. This can include post – injury treatment plans for the weekend warrior, general Podiatric advice or ongoing Diabetic assessments which are an important part to their overall health and well-being.

Leshern Govender

Leshern completed his Podiatry degree at Auckland University of Technology. He is a registered member of the Australian Podiatry Association, Sports Medicine Australia and Australasian Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine.

Lesh is passionate about sport injuries and rehabilitation. He has a special interest in the assessment, diagnosis and management of foot, ankle and lower limb pathologies. Lesh’s expertise lie in managing exercise related foot and lower limb injuries in professional, amateur and recreational athletes of all ages and abilities. As a result he was invited to be a part of the medical team at the Central Coast International sevens tournament 2015. Lesh is qualified to perform; foot mobilisation and manipulation therapy, dry needling and prolotherapy

In addition to this, Lesh understands the importance of the Diabetic foot and the complications that can arise, and is equally adept with performing Neurovascular Assessments and management plans. He also has a keen interest in general foot care and management of painful conditions including ingrown nails and skin pathologies.

While studying Podiatry Lesh worked at a technical running and footwear company. He has always had a particular interest in footwear and understand the technical side and the implications this has on performance. Outside of the clinic Lesh enjoys playing sport. He is currently competing in the Men’s Victorian State League 1 Championship in water polo.