Dr. Ivey graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina, College of Dental Medicine in 1972. He spent two years on active duty in the U.S. Army with an additional eleven years in the U.S. Army Reserves. He joined the faculty in 1978 after completing his Periodontics residency at the Medical College of Virginia. He has maintained a full time private practice limited to Periodontics in Summerville, SC while maintaining a part-time appointment at the College of Dental Medicine. He is a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society and a Fellow of the American College of Dentists. He has given presentations to dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants at local, state and national organizations. Dr. Ivey resides in Charleston with his wife and three daughters. They are members of the First Baptist Church.