Western New York Community Mourns the Loss of a Passionate, Young Businesswoman in the Field of Dentistry

Dr. Camille Nicole Megna-Acolor, daughter of Attorney Ralph C. Megna and Dr. Elaine H. Megna, passed away on June 14, 2020. 

Dr. Camille Megna-Acolor completed her early education at Nardin Academy followed by City Honors High School.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology and Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Howard University. 

Dr. Megna-Acolor completed a General Practice Residency at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Washington, DC.  Upon completion, she returned to her hometown of Buffalo, New York where she accepted a position with Aspen Dental. 

Dr Megna Acolor with young patient at her Buffalo Dentistry Office

Dr. Megna-Acolor had a strong entrepreneurial spirit and followed in her mother’s footsteps by opening a dental office in 2017.  Partnering with a fellow classmate from Howard University, New Era Dental was launched. The City of Buffalo declared March 25, 2017 “New Era Day.” A historic milestone in the City of Buffalo, the opening of New Era Dental broke barriers as the youngest, African-American woman owned and operated dental practice.

Dr. Camille Megna-Acolor acquired and operated a second office, Bailey Dental, from her mentor, Dr. Edmund Thomas.  Her patient base continually expanded and attributed to her reputation for having a gentle touch and performing excellent work.  She always made sure to provide dental care for patients who would not otherwise have access. Every patient was greeted with appreciation and her infectious smile. 

Dr. Camille Megna-Acolor was a founding member of The Future Dentists Mentoring Committee, an organization providing guidance to young African-American and minority students interested in pursuing careers in the field of dentistry. She was a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Dr. Megna-Acolor was passionate about motivating Buffalo’s youth, and her example will live on for many years to come. 

Dr. Megna-Acolor was known for her easy-going and quiet demeanor, but she also possessed an unforgettable energy and a CONTAGIOUS laugh. 

She is survived by her husband, Bernard Acorlor; daughters, Delali and Kim; her parents; siblings; relatives and friends.