Here are some of my thoughts.
1. If possible, I think it could be interesting to incorporate my last name "Nester" into the design, such as having a tooth in a nest, however I want my design to be classy (not cartoony) and I don't want it to be too literal. This is just one thought.
2. Another thought is to incorporate the geographic region into the designs. The area is very much a working class waterman's town. As such, perhaps including symbolism such as water, tides, anchors, lighthouses, sail boats, etc. might have a positive local impact.
I understand that these descriptions might come across literal, however I'd like to be somewhat subtle, classy & professional with just a hint of these elements if possible. Also, for what it's worth, I'm a female dentist purchasing a retiring dental practice from a 75 year old male. I don't want to come across as pretentious as he historically hasn't "branded" the dental practice, so I want to walk a fine line here.