The son, and first child, of a school Principal, Sherlo Shively, and a Kindergarten Teacher, Ila Shively, David was born and raised in Bakersfield with his two sisters, Karen Blockley and Diane McConnell.
Gaining his primary education from the schools of Horrace Mann Elementary, Harding Elementary, Compton Junior High, and East Bakersfield High School. After high school, David moved to La Verne to attend college where he received his Bachelor of Science degree from The University of La Verne before moving to San Francisco. Knowing dentistry was what he enjoyed, David chose The University of the Pacific School of Dentistry where he completed his studies to earn the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery or D.D.S. Dr. David D. Shively D.D.S. returned to his home town of Bakersfield, CA and began practicing dentistry.