About us

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Our Story Begins with Mella

Mary Louise (Mella) Udall Palmer used the power of music to lift and inspire. Her life was filled with service to others, and often that service was centered in music, whether at the organ, piano, or in a choral group. With grace she endured a long struggle with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

But the memory of her life and character live on through this company.

At Mella Music Therapy, we focus on using Neurologic Music Therapy® techniques to provide a supportive and welcoming experience in which individuals can find their voice and learn to thrive.

Whether you are finding music therapy for yourself, or for a loved one struggling with brain functioning, together we can work to improve speech, focus, socialization and so much more.


Our Team

Meet the Mella Music Therapy team:
Charlotte Stewart Mella Music Therapy Mesa

Charlotte Stewart, MT-BC, NMT® Fellow

Charlotte Palmer Stewart, MT-BC, is the Founder and Director of Mella Music Therapy, LLC, a music therapy agency which focuses on serving adults with social, emotional, cognitive, behavioral, physical, and communication needs. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University and later graduated from Arizona State University with a Clinical Masters in Music Therapy.

Charlotte received advanced training at the Neurologic Music Therapy Training Institute through the Center for Biomedical Research in Music at Colorado State University to earn her Neurologic Music Therapy® (NMT) certificate and is currently an NMT® fellow.

Charlotte enjoys working with adults with a wide array of needs, using evidenced-based music therapy techniques to enhance well-being and to remediate and rehabilitate. She strives to make her practice a respite for her clients and their loved ones. She believes in being a team player with family members, caregivers, and other therapists and professionals to give each client the best care possible.


Liz Moynihan – Administrative Assistant

Liz is our administrative assistant. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Princeton in Molecular Biology and a PhD in Genetics from Harvard. She left research behind long ago for her family life with her 3 kids – 2 college age boys and a girl in high school.

In her free time, Liz plays keyboards and bass guitar, and enjoys performing classic rock, yacht rock, and punk. She loves music, she’s very interested in music therapy, and is very eager to assist our clients and their loved ones in any way possible.

Carly F Music Therapy Intern

Carly Farabee – Music Therapy Intern

Carly was born and raised in Arizona, where she also studied Music Therapy at Arizona State University. There, she was able to work with local clinics including the Arizona State Hospital Forensics Unit, Child Crisis Center and Higher Octave Healing. She was fortunate to start piano lessons at a young age and has since developed a love for playing the ukulele, violin, guitar and singing. She is excited about the opportunity to work as an intern with Mella Music Therapy. She loves going on adventures, hanging out with her family and fiancé, and playing with her fur baby, Peaches.

Affiliations and Partnerships

Certification Board for Music Therapists

What Our Clients Say:

Jeremy is a Veteran and brain injury survivor. He likes music with Charlotte because it makes him happy. He really likes Charlotte because she is so fun, very patient and nice. He likes his xylophone but also enjoys learning the guitar.

Jeremy loves to show what he can do what he’s learned and have everyone watch and listen. Music is so good for Jeremy for some independence, social interaction, and it helps with his verbal skills.

Carol D.
My son is a wounded veteran. He has movement and memory issues, and he loves music. Mella Music Therapy, and Charlotte, bring him so much joy. They make exercising his body and mind so much fun by incorporating some of his favorite old and new songs.
I am a stroke survivor, dealing with Dysarthria. I believe in the benefits of music after experiencing such a traumatic event. I sought therapy to improve my speech. I did certain singing activities each session that helped me to improve my enunciation and breathing. I also did piano and guitar activities to improve on my dexterity. I experienced tremendous improvement in my time at therapy. I would highly recommend Charlotte Stewart’s therapy. She made therapy welcoming each session I attended.
Brian K.
I am very happy to recommend Charlotte’s Mella Music Therapy if you need help in speech and memory as I do. I am glad she is available to use music, her skills and knowledge to gain more of my brain power back. Charlotte met with me a few times before designing a program that would suit my needs. I have not been miraculously cured but I am motivated by my progress.
Lenny H.

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