Kennebec Valley Family Dentistry, a nonprofit dental center at 269 Water St., in Augusta, has hired a new dentist, John Frachella, DMD. Frachella, who specializes in working with young children, will see patients at KVFD one day a week through October, according to a news release from the dental center.

Frachella is a pediatric dentist in Oregon and Maine with more than 40 years of experience in the delivery of dental services in public and private settings. For the first 32 years of his career, he was the dental director of a free clinic for indigent children in Bangor, and is now the director of Asher Dental Services in Wheeler County, Oregon. He also works in private practices across the country, is on staff at Oregon Health Sciences University Dental School and lectures for Lutheran Medical College dental residency programs.

Frachella earned his doctor of medical dentistry degree from University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, and has done much postgraduate study in the field of human nutrition at the University of Maine. He is licensed in both Maine and Oregon. Frachella is co-founder and long-term team member of the Cleft Palate Clinics of Maine, and has received numerous awards, including the Maine Community Preventive Dentistry Award and the Samuel Harris Distinction in Community Service Award, according to the release.

Founded in 2008, KVFD makes affordable, high-quality oral health care services available to limited income, underinsured, and uninsured children and adults in southern Kennebec County. In the last 12 months, KVFD has provided dental care to approximately 2,400 patients, the vast majority of whom were children.

KVFD is currently taking new patients, and accepts private pay and most insurances, including MaineCare. KVFD is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information and/or to schedule an appointment, call 623-3400.